Supplying fresh water for human uses is one of the many important provisioning services provided by lake basins.

Water scarcity and a lack of sanitary water can lead to slow economic development, human sickness and disease(Ecosystems and human well-being,  3)   Water supplies from lakes  are used in domestic, industrial and agricultural applications (Ecosystems and human well-being,  2).  Human intervention in water cycles, through withdrawing water from lake basins for domestic, industrial or agricultural use, is costly, important and potentially damaging.  In any service analysis of water as a resource for human use, it is important to acknowledge the costs of artificial water treatment, withdrawal and associated pollution or contamination.


Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005).   Ecosystems and human well-being: Wetlands and water synthesis .  World Resources Institute, Washington, DC.  Retrieved from