An Introduction to Drinking Water

Published 2010

Water is second to oxygen as being essential for life. People can survive days, weeks, or even longer without food, but only about four days without water.

The average adult consumes and excretes 2 or more quarts of water each day. Some of this water is supplied through foods but most is consumed through beverages. It is generally recommended that adluts consume 6 to 8 cups (48 to 64 ounces) of liquids daily. Some beverages, such as coffee, tea, soda with caffeine, and alcohol are diuretic and increase urine excretion. These beverages, if consumed in large quantities, can upset the body water balance.

Publication Details


Sharon O. Skipton

Bruce I. Dvorak

Wayne E Woldt


Natural Resources

Water Management

Publication Date July 01, 2004
Last Revision Date December 08, 2010
Language English


Series NebGuide