Water: Our Source of Life
The water that circulates in our world today – through the air, the land, and our bodies – has been here for billions of years. Water is unique in that it can dissolve and carry within it more substances than any other liquid. Wherever water travels it picks up and transports chemicals, minerals and nutrients. This is how healthy waters help sustain all life on Earth.
These unique properties of water also illustrate how our actions and the ways we live can have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on water; and the profound responsibility we have to take care of this water that connects and sustains us all.
This guide provides an introduction to some of the most important and commonly monitored aspects of water quality. Alongside local, place-based, and Traditional/Indigenous knowledge, this information can support decision-making and action to help protect our waters, so they remain healthy for generations to come.