What is Water?


Category: General

Water is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance.

It consists of a hydrogen atom and two oxygen atoms, combined by covalent bonds to for a water molecule.

When lots of water molecules come together (hydrogen bonds) it takes the shape we visually see as water.  Water is a fundamental part of respiration and photosynthesis, and all known forms of life depends on water.

Water is a good solvent, that dissolves many salts and hydrophilic organic molecules such as sugars and simple alcohols. Water also dissolves many gases, such as oxygen and carbon dioxide. In addition, many substances in living organisms are dissolved in water.

Its this ability that also causes water to contain and carry contaminants and pathogens that can impact flora, fauna and humans.

August 11, 2021

Written by Cerys Moore

Contact: clmoore@enveng-group.com.au