I am a newbie keeper....my bees have yet to arrive but the hives are located about 200 yards from a lake. the location is a relatively rural area and as such is not located next to a house or out building where I have a ready source of running water.

I had a beekeeper suggest that I provide supplemental water because they would find it hard to drink from the lake unless it was very still or had lily pads in it.

is there any veracity to this statement?