As with most other runecrafting altars, it can be accessed via the Abyss, found north of Edgeville Wilderness. Players could also enter its ruins by using a water talisman, an elemental talisman, or an omni-talisman. Players could also simply click on the ruins while wearing a water tiara, omni-tiara, a wicked hood imbued with any of the above, an omni-talisman staff, or a water talisman staff.
Currently, the fastest way to get there is to used the wicked hood's teleport, which could only be used 2 times, or 3 if all the wicked robes have been purchased from the Runespan. The second fastest way is to break a water altar teleport tablet. Both of these methods teleport the player just outside of the altar. The wicked hood can be obtained by talking to Tam McGrubor, and the teleport tablets by playing the Great Orb Project.
The maximum likely limit for crafting Water runes in one visit is 1,518. This would be achieved by having 95 Runecrafting, giving a 6x bonus, and carrying 253 essence to craft (23 in the normal inventory along with 48 in the 5 sizes of Runecrafting pouches, along with 175 claimed from the wicked hood (if all the wicked robes have been purchased, and 7 from any abyssal Summoning creature), whilst wearing an explorer's ring (which has a 1 in 10 chance of producing an extra rune per essence). The maximum possible experience is 3,036 obtained doing the above while wearing water runecrafting gloves.
It is possible to make mist runes, mud runes, and steam runes while at this altar, but at a lower success rate. This will result in less runes than normal being made. To make a combination rune, the player needs one set of elemental runes, a stack of pure essence, and 2 talismans.
|To make...||You need...|
|Mist runes||Air talisman||Air runes||Pure essence|
|Mud runes||Earth talisman||Earth runes|
|Steam runes||Fire talisman||Fire runes|
If the player equips a binding necklace, the success rate will increase to 100%. It has a total of 15 uses before breaking. A charge is used each time a combination rune is used, instead of each time the altar is entered.
- Trollweiss flowers can be found here but can not be picked. When players attempt to pick them, "Nothing interesting happens."
- If you look far out in the water in some areas of the altar, you can see moving yellow dots in the water. These are sharks that can be examined. When examined, they say, "Let's not go skinny dipping eh?"
- The water altar is west of the mind altar, this being because if you use the Orb of Oculus and you look east in just the right place, you can see a field of grey, exactly like the one found outside of the mind altar.