Drinking Water Week

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assured consumers that drinking water is safe to use as normal. The consistent and reliable quality of drinking water is at the heart of the theme for this year’s Drinking Water Week, “There When You Need It” which was held May 2-8 this year.

Groton Utilities and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) observes Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals “behind the scenes”.

Groton Utilities will be sharing useful tips and information about water on social media throughout the week. Follow Groton Utilities on Facebook or Instagram to learn more about the many benefits of drinking water, or, since you are already here, see all the tips below.

Drinking Water Week Social Media Posts

  • Safe, clean drinking water is something that many of us in America take for granted – but we shouldn’t. According to the World Health Organization 1 in 3 people world-wide do not have access to safe drinking water. May 3-9 is National Drinking Water Week, during which we as a utility will celebrate all that is important about having safe drinking water. It’s good to appreciate what we have when so many others have to do without.
  • Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember. Your body is constantly losing water through mostly urine and sweat. To prevent dehydration, you need to drink adequate amounts of water throughout the day. Keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day is an easy solution.
  • Does drinking water help you lose weight? Drinking water about a half hour before meals can reduce the number of calories you end up consuming. One study showed that dieters who drank 17 ounces of water before each meal lost 44% more weight over 12 weeks, compared to those who didn’t.
  • National Drinking Water Week Tip: Drinking more water has many benefits that will help you live a longer, healthier life. Amongst the many health benefits increased water intake may decrease the risk of kidney stones, drinking more water can help hydrate the skin and reduce acne, and increasing water intake can help with constipation.
  • Drinking an adequate amount of water each day is vital to maintaining a healthy body. Water makes up a majority of your weight and is involved in many important functions, including flushing out waste from your body, regulating body temperature and helping your brain function. So please be sure to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Staying hydrated is crucial to maintaining your body temperature. Your body loses water through sweat during physical activity and in hot environments. Your sweat keeps your body cool, but your body temperature will rise if you don’t replenish the water you lose. That’s because your body loses electrolytes and plasma when it’s dehydrated. If you’re sweating more than usual, make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Water consumption helps lubricate and cushion your joints, spinal cord, and tissues. This will help you enjoy physical activity and lessen discomfort caused by conditions like arthritis.
  • Drinking plenty of water during physical activity is essential. Athletes may perspire up to 6 to 10 percent of body weight during physical activity. Negative effects of exercise in the heat without enough water can include serious medical conditions, like decreased blood pressure and hyperthermia. Extreme dehydration can cause seizures and even death.
  • Drinking water before, during, and after a meal will help your body break down the food you eat more easily. This will help you digest food more effectively and get the most out of your meals. In addition to helping with food breakdown, water also helps dissolve vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from your food. It then delivers these vitamin components to the rest of your body for use.
  • Water carries helpful nutrients and oxygen to your entire body. Reaching your daily water intake will improve your circulation and have a positive impact on your overall health.
  • Drinking enough water can help prevent certain medical conditions. These include: constipation, kidney stones, exercise-induced asthma, urinary tract infection and hypertension. Water also helps you absorb important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from your food, which will increase your chances of staying healthy.
  • Proper hydration is key to staying in tip-top cognitive shape. Research indicates that not drinking enough water can negatively impact your focus, alertness, and short-term memory.
  • Being attentive to the amount of water you drink each day is important for optimal health. Most people drink when they are thirsty, which helps regulate daily water intake.
  • According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, general water intake (from all beverages and foods) that meet most people’s needs are:
    • about 15.5 cups of water (125 ounces) each day for men
    • about 11.5 cups (91 ounces) daily for women
  • People get about 20 percent of their daily water intake from food. The rest is dependent on drinking water and water-based beverages. So, ideally men would consume about 100 ounces (3.0 liters) of water from beverages, and women, about 73 ounces (2.12 liters) from beverages.
  • Groton Utilities is building a brand new, state-of-the-art Water Treatment Plant that is due to be completed in 2021. It’s main DAF (Dissolved Air Flotation) Building will be nearly 20,000 square feet and will be able to process 12 million gallons of water per day. Additionally, the project calls for two high-volume water storage tanks to be built, which are already complete. The results will be an even safer and higher-quality drinking water experience for all Groton Utilities customers than ever before