Possibly a dumb question about water

I'm not big on the sugary drinks and I only rarely drink cola but I'm also really bad at keeping up with my water intake every day, however! I drink tea all the time (up to 5-6 cups a day) and I know it sounds dumb but I was wondering if this counts as drinking water. I never put sugar in my tea and I'm lactose intolerant so I never use cream or milk either but I'm a big fan of gourmet blends and some of them contain traces of chocolate and candied fruit (Right now I've been big on the pumpkin spice brulee oolong and the samurai chai mate) But according to MFP there are barely any calories on any of them.

So is it safe to continue drinking tea if I choose not to drink plain water? Does it count? Is it the same?