In Scotland we’re fortunate to have world-class drinking water on tap. But how many of us make the most of it?
From keeping cash in our pockets to helping to protect the environment, there are many great reasons to top up with tap water at home, at work and when we’re out and about. Here, we round up just a few of them…
1. Save Money
Little changes can lead to big savings and that’s certainly true when it comes to switching to tap. On average a litre bottle of water costs about 65p, so topping up daily from the tap could save £1.30 a day – that’s nearly £500 a year. Just remember to take a reusable water bottle with you when you’re heading out for the day and you can top up for free wherever you are. Licensed premises are legally bound to serve tap water on request, so don’t be afraid to ask.
2. Stay Hydrated
Our bodies are made up on average of 60 percent water, so it’s important to keep up our fluid intake in order to support important functions including digestion, regulating body temperature and circulation. When we’ve not drunk enough water it’s common to suffer headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Dehydration can lead to constipation and can even affect kidney function, so the best solution is to top up regularly.
NHS Choices recommend drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day, that’s about 2.5 litres, but in hot temperatures or if you’re exercising it’s a good idea to take on a little more water to keep yourself in peak condition.
3. Cut Calories
Tap water is naturally calorie-free, meaning you can enjoy as much as you like, as often as you like. A quick way to reduce your calorie intake is to substitute sugary, higher-calorie drinks with water to stay both hydrated and in shape.
Sometimes we can mistake feeling thirsty for hunger and end up eating more as a result. Topping up at the tap regularly helps you reduce your waistline by helping curb unnecessary snacking.
4. Protect The Environment
Zero Waste Scotland estimates 20 million plastic bottles are littered in Scotland each year and about 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is produced from our homes over a 12 month period. Drinking tap from a reusable bottle is an easy win when it comes to protecting the environment.
5. Drink the Best
Not only does Scotland have an abundance of water thanks to our plentiful supply of rainfall, but the quality of our drinking water is among the best in the world. Scotland’s Drinking Water Quality Regulator has reported that our drinking water meets some of the strictest standards found anywhere around the globe, with samples tested every two minutes on average.
This article was brought to you in association with Scottish Water. To find out more visit yourwateryourlife.co.uk