How To Get Rid Of Water In Minecraft

Want to know how you can get rid of water in Minecraft? We present to you three different methods on how you can remove water in Minecraft in this simple tutorial.

One of the great things about Minecraft is that it gives you the freedom to create anything you can imagine. However, the random world generation has a bad habit of spawning water right in the perfect places for a building.

This article will tackle the explanation of how to remove this water so you can get back to the good part: building your dream home.

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Method 1: Placing Blocks

The first thing to do is block off the water source, if it isn’t already contained. Otherwise, it will continue spreading and you’ll constantly be one step behind.

Now, here’s how water works in Minecraft: it expands outwards from a single “source” block. If you place something on top of the source block, the water flow stops.

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The problem is that it’s not always obvious which block this is. If it’s a waterfall, like in the image above, the source will be at the top, but if you’re trying to get rid of a pool, you might have to try placing blocks in every available square.

Method 2: Using a Bucket

Start by crafting yourself a bucket. This requires three iron ingots (each requiring nine iron nuggets). Once you have all the necessary materials, open your crafting table, and arrange them like in the image below.

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If you use an empty bucket on a body of water, you’ll notice that the remaining water rushes in to fill the space. You can see which direction this water moves in, which gives you a clue as to the direction of the source block.

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Once you think you’re close, try right-clicking on several different water squares. If you manage to find the source, the water will begin to drain away. You should note, however, that large bodies of water or lakes often have several sources. As such, this process may need to be repeated several times.

Method 3: Using Sand

If you want to get rid of a deep pool of water, the methods above could take a very long time. Instead, collect as much sand as you possibly can. Next, stand beside the water and drop sand blocks all the way down to the bottom until you’ve filled in a full column.

Once this is done, step onto the column and repeat the process for every water tile. It’s slow going, sure, but it’s a lot faster than manually finding the source block each time. If you’re in an area where sand is in short supply, you can also use gravel.


There are several different ways to remove water in Minecraft. Which is the best depends on your situation, as well as the materials you are able to find in your surroundings. Either way, with our help, you’ll be home and dry in no time at all.

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