Oil may get a lot of news coverage these days, but fresh water is fast becoming the scarcest natural resource on the planet. All living things need water to survive, and people use water in almost every area of their lives. Listed are some of the ways we use water: can your child think of others? At the end, she'll get to enlist her creativity to illustrate one of the examples she wrote.

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