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If you ever needed another reason to drink fresh, clean water, here's one big one: In the past 100 years, life expectancy has increased by more than 30 years. A large portion of the credit goes to advancements in cleaner public water, according to Jeffrey Griffiths, MD, of Tufts University School of Medicine. Over the years we have taken more steps to clean our water supply, which affects the food we grow. Also wastewater management has improved over the last century. All of this adds up to a longer, healthier life.