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The unique chemical structure of water makes it well suited to fulfilling a diversity of essential roles in the body.
Defining the water requirement of the pig is particularly challenging because intake can be affected by a number of metabolic, physiological, and behavioral factors and because ad libitum intake is not always a reflection of need.
The quality of drinking water can be a serious problem in regions known to possess aquifers containing problematic ions such as sulfates, iron, manganese, or nitrates.
Both the cost and the availability of water will almost certainly become a bigger issue in many regions of the world in the coming future.
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Patience, John F., "The importance of water in pork production" (2012). Animal Science Publications. 751.