Wasser is one of the most important words in any language. 'Ohne Wasser können wir nicht leben' - Without the stuff, we can't live.
If you're thirsty, maybe you'd like ein Glas Wasser, or how about ordering some mineral water: Ich möchte ein Mineralwasser bitte. übrigens, by the way, my favourite German Mineralwasser is Apollinaris.
But Vorsicht! be careful, if you see the sign 'Kein Trinkwasser' above a Wasserhahn - literally a 'water cock' ie tap - you know it's not drinking water.
If you want more than one of something you can say 'Zweimal, dreimal, viermal Mineralwasser' but as in English, if you make Wasser plural, the meaning changes.
Die Gewässer refers to waters, as in die Hoheitsgewässer, territorial waters. The plural is indicated by the a umlaut, and Ge- alters the meaning to something more abstract.
Wasser is combined with other words to give various meanings: 'Wasserschutzgebiet' is a 'water protection zone' where there are rules to protect the ground water das Grundwasser.
On a river, die Wasserpegel is the measured level of the water. In 2002 the Wasserpegel of the river Elbe rose to a very high level and causing a Hochwasser - literally 'high water' i.e. flood so big it is referred to as das Jahrhunderthochwasser, flood of the century - Jahrhundert.
The Elbe, Rhein, Weser and many canals are Wasserstraßen or Wasserwege both mean waterways. A Wasserfläche is a stretch of water of any type.
Let's not forget the Austrian painter Hundertwasser. I wonder if he uses watercolours - Aquarell?
Das wäre alles über 'Wasser'!
That would be everything about 'Wasser'... for now
German language site on the subject of water: www.wasser.de.
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