Yes. The nutrients in water keep the soil healthy enough to let plants grow. All soil is made up of four components: air, water, minerals and organic matter. In its composition, water is roughly around 25% in soil.
Water is one of the integral components of soil, along with minerals and rock fragments, organic matter, living organisms and gases. Different soil types contain varying concentrations of these elements. Water, residing in the porous spaces, is an essential part of soil; therefore, the answer to your question is yes: soil does need water to stay healthy. Lack of water might cause the soil to bake into a hard, brick-like substance or to blow away as dust. Some soil conservation practices are rotating crops, covering crops, planting ground cover, planting trees, mulching and creating terraces.
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