For the purpose of this discussion, water will be referred to as an ingredient, although across all segments of the beverage arena water might be labeled as a raw material. Yet, in some discourses, water is neither considered an ingredient nor a raw material. Water is water and it is part of a recipe for whatever beverage is being developed or formulated. In fact, sessions with chemists, biologists, food technologists and other related disciplines involved in beverage creation refer to water as an ingredient; therefore, that will be used in forward comments. It is needed and cost money.
In real time, it probably is the main staple of human existence and the content is subjected to many analyses, evaluations and interpretations depending upon intended use and populace. It also is emphasized here because within the beverage industry water is an ingredient in almost every beverage that exists. Additionally, to comment and clarify the complexity and legalities of handling and treating water and finally disposition as wastewater.