Explain How Water Becomes a Renewable Resource

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Water is a renewable resource because it gets renewed or replenished through the hydrological cycle. The cycle moves water from surface runoff and refills the groundwater. This groundwater actually replaces the Earth’s surface water. Three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only a small part of it accounts for freshwater. Water moves in the earth’s atmosphere transforming itself into various states of matter such as vapor, liquid, and ice.

Water as a Renewable Resource

Water can become a renewable resource only if it is managed and utilized in a proper way. Water is majorly a renewable resource and some important key points supporting this statement are given below:

  • About 96.5% of the total amount of water is present in the form of oceans.
  • Only 2.5% of the water available for daily use is called fresh water.
  • 70% of the freshwater is available in the form of glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland, Antarctica, and the mountainous region of the world.
  • India’s total renewable water resources are estimated at 1,897 sq km per annum.
  • According to the United Nations World Water Development Report, 2003, large parts of India will face water scarcity by 2025.

Water keeps circulating in the Earth’s atmosphere and returns in the form of rain making itself a highly renewable resource.

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