We’ve all heard that water is the healthiest liquid to drink. But how much and what kind? There is tap water, bottled water, and many filtration options to consider. How Much Water Do You Need?
Water is so important that a person can’t last more than five days without it. Not getting enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause, among other things, muscle weakness, cramping and fatigue.
While many people follow the eight 8-ounce glasses per day rule, a more personalized guideline would be half of your body weight in ounces. And your need for water increases in warm or hot weather, with vigorous physical activity and during bouts of illness, especially if you have a fever, are vomiting, having diarrhea or coughing.
Water Quality: Is Tap Water Safe?
If the water comes from a public water system in the U.S, it is considered generally safe. That doesn’t mean that your water is free of all contaminants, but that the levels of any contaminants don’t pose any serious health risk.
The EPA has set minimum testing schedules for specific pollutants to make sure that levels remain safe. Still, some people may be more vulnerable than others to potential harm caused by water contaminants, including:
• People undergoing chemotherapy
• People with HIV/AIDS
• Transplant patients
• Children and infants
• Pregnant women and their fetuses
By July 1 of each year, public water suppliers are required to mail their customers a drinking water quality report, sometimes called a consumer confidence report or CCR. Many reports can be found online. If you have any questions after reading your report, you can call your water supplier to get more information.
You can also call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 to get information and ask questions about the quality and safety of drinking water. To read more about drinking water, visit