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Thirst World? book
Worldwide, the pressure on the most precious resource of all – water – is increasing. Ever since the existence of humankind, settlement schemes were developed along waterways, rivers, lakes or any kind of freshwater source, since water was needed to make the settlements strive and prosper. Sufficient water availability is central for human survival. The human hydration requirements are well understood, fluid losses from evaporation, excretion and respiration need to be balanced with fluid intake. The health relevance of water reaches beyond its physical use for drinking, food production and hygiene. Water is an important driver in the context of development, and depending on its quality, quantity and use, it serves as livelihood capital that can directly translate into health and well-being. The cultural value of water influences the relationship between humans and water, affecting usage, management and risk perception.