IELTS Writing Topics | Water

IELTS Writing Topics | Water
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Importance of Clean Water

  • Water is an essential natural resource.
  • Humans need access to clean, safe drinking water in order to live.
  • Poor water quality is a major cause of disease and death in some countries.
  • Water usually needs to be treated before we can drink it.
  • Developing countries often lack the means to treat and supply water to citizens.
  • Developed countries tend to have much better sanitation.
  • Citizens have access to clean tap water.
  • Drinking water is not contaminated by sewage or waste water.
  • The supply of clean water would improve public health in many developing countries.

Water Supply

  • Urban life would be impossible without water supply systems.
  • These systems are massive engineering projects.
  • Many professionals are involved in their planning, construction and maintenance.
  • The supply and distribution of water are major concerns.
  • Water is becoming scarce in some countries.
  • Areas that suffer droughts often need to import water.
  • As populations grow, there is more pressure on water supplies.
  • This could lead to a water crisis.

Water and Politics

  • The supply of water is also an important political issue.
  • Huge amounts of water are needed for agriculture and industry.
  • The irrigation of crops accounts for a large proportion of water use.
  • A water crisis could lead to political conflicts or even wars.

Argument: water should be free

  • Some people believe that water should be free for everyone.
  • Governments should supply water to all homes at no cost.
  • Private companies should not be allowed to profit from this natural resource.
  • Money from taxes can be used to pay for water supply systems.

Argument: water should not be free

  • If water is free, people take it for granted.
  • They do not think about how much water they waste.
  • They leave taps running while washing or brushing their teeth.
  • If we have to pay for water, we will use it more responsibly.
  • Water supply systems are extremely expensive.
  • Investment is needed to maintain and improve them.
  • Private companies may provide a better service than governments.
  • If they provide an efficient service, they will make more money.
  • They will repair leaks to avoid losing money.

Opinions about Bottled Water

  • Some people carry bottles of water wherever they go.
  • For example, they take bottles of water to work or to the gym.
  • They believe that bottled water is healthier than tap water.
  • They also argue that it tastes better.
  • However, other people believe that we should consume less bottled water.
  • Plastic water bottles add to litter and waste problems.
  • Companies should not be able to make a profit from water.
  • It is unethical to make money by selling packaged water.
  • There is no difference in quality between bottled and tap water.
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