Water resources are sources of water that are useful or potentially useful to humans. It is important because it is needed for life to exist. Many uses of water include agricultural, industrial, household, recreational and environmental activities. Virtually all of these human uses require fresh water.
WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING
As a starting point for the study of hydrology it is useful to consider the hydrological cycle. This is a conceptual model of how water moves around between the earth and atmosphere in different states as a gas, liquid or solid. As with any conceptual model it contains many gross simplifications; these are discussed in this section. There are different scales that the hydrological cycle can be viewed at, but it is helpful to start at the large global scale and then move to the smaller hydrological unit of a river basin or catchment