Various uses of water are given below:
(i) For drinking purpose.
(ii) For washing, bathing and cooking etc.
(iii) For building construction
(iv) For the generation of steam for industrial use and electricity generation
(v) For generating hydroelectricity
(vi) For the manufacture of hydrogen, oxygen and water gas.
(vii) As a solvent.
(viii) For irrigation purposes.
What makes water a universal solvent
The following properties of water make it a universal solvent
(i) Water is a polar molecule
(ii) Water can form hydrogen bonds with other polar compounds.
(iii) Water dissolves many substances by reacting with them chemically.
(iv) Water is cheap and easily available everywhere.