Why are Lakes important? What are they used for?

Lakes are multipurpose in nature and a lifeline to all living beings – humans, birds, animals and other organisms. Traditionally and even today, they are an important source of drinking water. Even so, they are largely used for agriculture, fishing, cattle feeding, washing and also religious purposes. Lakes provide the space for bio-diversity to flourish which includes both flora and fauna. Above all, they influence the socio-economic life of the people living around them.