How Far Does Water Flow in Minecraft? [Water Guide]


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So, you have some questions about water in Minecraft.

In this article, I will take you through some fun stuff you can do with a water source block and a bucket of water.

I’ll answer questions like how you can make an infinite water source, how much water you need for irrigating your crops, and how high you can jump and still have a water block to save your life.

So let’s dive into the murky waters and look at different ways to flood your Minecraft world like a boss!

Minecraft water maximum flow distance

Minecraft water maximum flow distance
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Let’s start with the basics, i.e., how far does water flow in Minecraft?

Water can flow for a max of seven blocks on a flat surface but can flow indefinitely downward.

Now that you know how far water flows, let’s explore other common questions surrounding Minecraft water.

We’ll start by looking at how you can use water movement to fill infinite buckets of water.

How to make flowing water still water

There are times when you don’t want to have your water source flowing anywhere. So how do you create water without a current?

  1. Create a 2×2 (two long and two wide) pool.
  2. Attach the water blocks to the sides of the pool. 

Notice that if your pool is more than 2×2, it can only be one block deep when you attach the water, and you need to attach the blocks of water to the bottom.

Once the pool is finished, you can dig deeper without adding current.

Into procedurally-generated survival games? Check out this article about Valheim.

How to Create an Infinite Water Source

If you have played Minecraft for any period, you know how annoying it is to run back and forth with buckets to the nearest source of water – especially when you need a large amount of water for a crazy building project.

Luckily, creating an infinite water source is an effective way of solving this issue, as it will secure a continuous flow of water for you whenever you need it.

All it takes is two water buckets and a 3×1 ditch. And it’s quite easy to do. Just follow the steps below to create the infinite water source:

1. Dig a 3×1 ditch near where you want to have access to water.

Minecraft water ditch 3x1
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2. Place water bucket #1 on either side inside the ditch.

Place water in one end of the ditch.
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3. Do the same with water bucket #2, but on the opposite side.

Place water in the opposite end of the ditch.
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Now you can fill up all the buckets from the center block, i.e., the source water block.

Creating an infinite water block is the best way always to have blocks of water at your disposal, and it eliminates the need for running back and forth between your base and the nearest body of water that has naturally been seeded in the game.

So I highly recommend it.

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How Many Blocks Can One Water Block Irrigate?

When making full-sized farms, you must know how many blocks one water block can irrigate.

After all, if the farmland isn’t irrigated, the crops won’t grow, which is the opposite thing you want. 

One block of water can irrigate all farmland within four blocks in every direction, for a maximum of 64 blocks per water block.

Water Minecraft irrigation with a single block of water.
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Water can also irrigate blocks placed one block above it, so if you want to keep your water supply hidden, just place them underneath your farmland.

Check out how to find and grow mushrooms in this guide.

How to Stop Water From Spreading

There are several ways to stop water from spreading in Minecraft, the most obvious being surrounding it with blocks.

But what if you want to make it look all fancy, or maybe blocks just won’t accomplish what you need? 

In that case, you can use trapdoors, signs, and doors to prevent water from flowing

That is because the sign and trapdoor count as full blocks, which means water can not pass through them. Perfect for setting up a water elevator or automatic redstone build. 

You can also create more advanced dams like a water gate.

Can Water Save You From Death?

Yes, water can save you, as discovered when accidentally falling into a cavern. 

But how far can you fall without taking damage when landing in water?

The answer is that you can fall from any distance, and as long as there is a single block of water, you will take no fall damage. 

Minecraft’s water and fall logic is unbelievable, but you can use this knowledge to cheat death by practicing emptying a water bucket right before you hit the ground.

It takes some practice but can save you from certain death in a pinch. 

Can I Use Water in the Nether or the End?

Water cannot be used in the Nether as the temperatures are so hot it instantly evaporates. No turning those lava lakes into obsidian, I’m afraid.

The End works just like the Overworld regarding water, allowing you to set up your entire base there if you would like. 

Do Pistons Interact With Water?

Pistons can and cannot interact with water. While they can keep water from flowing when extended, they cannot directly interact with water. 

So, you can’t use a piston to push or pull water, as cool of an idea as that would be.

What Structures Can be Found Underwater?

Minecraft underwater Mx. Guardian.
I see you giving me the side-eye Mx. Guardian.
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Currently, in vanilla Minecraft, the only structures that can be found underwater are Ocean Monuments, Shipwrecks, and small water shrines. 

Water Monuments are the only place you can find Prismarine, Dark Prismarine, Guardians, and Elder Guardians.

Minecraft underwater structures
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Small underwater shrines typically have Drowned protecting them and can sometimes spawn with a chest. 

Finally, shipwrecks are typically found floating on the water or a beach but can occasionally spawn underwater.

Cool Water Build Ideas

While water is not often the first thing that comes to mind when making Minecraft builds, it can be integrated in some cool ways.

Water Elevator

A water elevator is a great way to transport yourself, mobs, and items up and down in Minecraft. 

It is a very simple yet aesthetically pleasing build. Check out this article for a tutorial on how to build your water elevator with nice bubble columns

Underwater Railway

While not directly using water in the building, underwater railways are an amazing way to traverse under the ocean in style. 

Be prepared to use many sponges and rails to make this build, but once you complete it, you’ll zoom along in no time!


Having a solid understanding of water in Minecraft can make a huge difference in your quality of life while playing. Water is an essential resource in Minecraft, just as in real life.

In Minecraft, you can use water for many things, from fishing, irrigating your farmland, and breeding Axolotls, to creating an obsidian generator or transport systems for all your junk.

By controlling water, fx by always having filled water buckets in survival mode and creating an infinite stream, you can eliminate the hassle of roaming the desert looking for a new water source.

I hope you found this article helpful. If so, feel free to share it.

Until next time, happy gaming! 

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Jan has played video games since the early 1980s. He loves getting immersed in video games as a way to take his mind off stuff when the outside world gets too scary. A lifelong gamer, the big interest led to a job as a lecturer on game sound at the University of Copenhagen and several written articles on video games for magazines.

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