9 Reasons to Drink More Tap Water, and 3 Ways to Do It

by Henrik Edberg

Tap water.

Few things have such a boring and unglamorous image.

Of course, it’s hard to sell regular tap water in a cool and expensive way.

So it becomes boring as nails and concrete. But just as useful.

One healthy habit I’ve had for just about all my life is to drink water. A lot of water. And mostly tap water. For more than one reason. Actually, I’ve found nine of them.

Image by norasun.But first, how much water should you drink? Recommendations seem to fall somewhere between 2-3 liters (that’s 67-100 liquid ounces) of water a day. And that does not include the 20 percent of your daily water that you get through food.

If you are pregnant, exercising or in a hot and/or humid environment you may need more. It’s quite a bit of water to drink every day. So it may not be so surprising that 75 percent of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts.

If you want to drink more water my three best tips are:

  • Always carry a bottle of water with you (at school, at work etc.). As soon as you have emptied it, fill it up again. And drink on.
  • Substitute what you are drinking with your daily meals – maybe juice or soda – for a glass or two of water instead. If you really like your juice, try to at least replace it with water for a meal or two a day.
  • Put a glass of water next to your bed. You may be quite thirsty when you wake up after a long night of sleep and no water. This is a simple way to replenish some of your fluids after the alarm goes off.

Now, on to the reasons why you should drink more tap water:

1. Soda is bad in more than one way.

One small can of soda – about 12 ounces or 33 cl – contains 10-12 teaspoons of sugar. This will not only help you put on pounds of fat. It will also damage your teeth. And going to the dentist isn’t cheap. If you on the other hand drink more water and less soda you can both lose weight and use your dental money for something more pleasurable.

2. Juice is healthy but contains sugar.

There are a lot of vitamins and healthy goodies in fruit juice. However, there is also quite a bit of sugar that will add to the weight and teeth-problems described above. So don’t drink too much of the stuff.

3. Bottled water isn’t good for the environment.

Americans buy 28 billion water bottles a year. Then you have to add the rest of the world. That’s a whole lot of bottles. All that plastic and the energy used for manufacturing and transportation wears and tears on the environment. Adding to the problem is the fact that few bottles are recycled or reused but instead just dropped in the nearest trashcan.

4. You’ll save boatloads of money.

Here’s another good reason to switch from bottled to tapped water. And you’ll not only save money by buying less soda, juice and water in a bottle. You can also avoid costs that come with the health problems caused by putting too much sugar into your body. You may save hundreds of dollars a year by drinking tap water instead. Over a lifetime you can save a whole lot more both health-wise and money-wise.

5. It tastes great.

Here in Sweden the tap water is pretty delicious. You may have a different situation where you live. You can however often improve the quality of the water by getting a filter for your faucet. Or spruce up your cold glass of water with a slice of lemon or lime.

6. Better skin.

I first heard about this one in a Cindy Crawford interview a long time ago. Drinking enough water keeps your skin hydrated and washes out toxins from your body.

7. More energy.

If you keep your body properly hydrated you’ll have more energy. You’ll avoid the headaches, nausea, fatigue and concentration problems that come from not consuming enough fluids. And that’s not just after a hard workout in the gym. It you feel a slump in energy in middle of the day that may be because you are becoming dehydrated.

8. Reduced health risks.

Drinking more water isn’t just about improving your health. You can also also prevent a few health problems besides the ones with your teeth and weight. According to studies cited in this article and in this one you can slice the risk of bladder cancer or dying from a heart attack in half by consuming the recommended amount of water. Drinking enough water can also lower the risk for constipation and kidney stones.

9. It’s convenient.

You don’t have to go to the store or supermarket. You get just walk over to the nearest tap and get some.

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Marina @ Sufficient Thrust October 24, 2007 at 11:27 pm

I had a personal trainer a couple years ago who *really* pushed drinking lots of water all day. For me (female, 110lbs) he suggested 100oz/day PLUS 20oz for every 30 minutes of exercise.

What works perfectly for me to this day is to fill three 32oz Nalegne bottles with water and stick them in the fridge each night. When I wake up, I grab a Nalgene, and keep drinking throughout the day until the third bottle is empty. This way I don’t have to spend time tracking or thinking about how much H2O I’ve already consumed.

The first week of drinking all that water, I actually felt pretty crappy — tired and heavy. Now, if I *don’t* drink all that water, I get lethargic. Water is awesome.

Ketan Patel October 25, 2007 at 10:37 am

Drinking all that water is certainly healthy but tap water is highly processed containing chlorine and flouride which can be bad for your teeth and skin.
With the money you saved on bottles it may be worth investing in a filter of some sort.

Anonymous July 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm

that’s why he suggested a filter it cycles out chlorine and flouride. With well water it tastes great i have a well here.

Kaila October 25, 2007 at 8:55 pm

This is a great post… too many people complain about not feeling well or being broke while sucking down the 12th pepsi of the day.

As for cholorine in our tap water… if you fill a bottle and let it sit out for an hour or two with the top off, it distills it and the chlorine leaves the water.

Anyway, I really liked this post. Not enough people realize the benefits of water and don’t realize that bottled water, in many instances, comes from municipal water supplies (ie, it’s tap water).

Petr October 26, 2007 at 12:23 am

Great article. We definatly need to drink more water, and bottled water may not be the answer.

The only thing I would ad is DRINK FILTERED TAP WATER. Chlorine and Fluoride in our tap water are poisons. Some areas ( like Northen New Jersey) are even more chlorinated then others ( like New York City). Also, I’ve found some disturbing research on Fluoride in our water, visit my site, I have a video from mytube about it. I’m very passionate about eliminating it from everyday things we use.

Tina Su October 28, 2007 at 11:38 pm

Thanks for the tip…Great post.I really enjoy reading your blog.

Love & Gratitude,
Tina
Think Simple. Be Decisive.
~ Productivity, Motivation & Happiness

Servaas October 29, 2007 at 11:03 am

I grew up drinking water too. And I still do, I would not know how to live without drinking water. Did you know that if you drik one glass of water every hour during the day, you already consume the amount of 2-3 litres ? It’s that easy !

Good post. More people should drink water. It is part of us !

Servaas

Par October 29, 2007 at 1:10 pm

A few years ago there was a huge trend in drinking lots of water ehre in sweden. You could see schoolgirls with water bottles on their desks sipping them constantly. Some ppl drank so much water it made them sick because it washed out important salts and minerals from their bodies. I’m no physician and I dont know the recommended daily amount, just wanted to say that sure water is good in reasonable amounts, but like everything dont over-do it.

Henrik Edberg October 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Thanks you all for your comments and tips about drinking more water and filtering it from Chlorine and Fluoride. And good reminder from Par too about not overdoing it and drinking too much.

MJ November 11, 2007 at 5:08 am

Wow. I cant believe you dont even mention purified water. Drinking water is indeed very important, BUT YOU MUST DRINK PURIFIED WATER. Regular tap water is loaded with toxins.
Remember, PURIFIED WATER :)

Ken MacDougall December 2, 2007 at 4:52 am

Oi. All of this tearing-out-of-hair over tap water will kill you people before the water does. If you want to live risk-free, start with not driving and not taking showers. Avoid ladders, meteorites, and lightning bolts.

An activated-charcoal filter on the tap and a couple days sitting will make your tap water better than anything you’ll get anywhere else.

(The “fluoride” in the water is to *prevent* tooth decay. It’s also in your toothpaste. Dipsticks.)

Deionized water (“purified”?) is extremely corrosive and couldn’t possibly be healthy to drink. Distilled water, ditto.

The point is that you are mostly a solution of salts in water, and, natural water, what comes out of your tap, isn’t too far off from what you need. The best guide to whether you’re drinking enough water or not is to check the color of your urine. It should be clear to light yellow. If it’s darker yellow, drink more water. (Bottled water is for chumps; you’re complaining about the price of gas??)

Duh. Don’t you people have more important things to worry about?

Cheers, Ken

carol dance June 10, 2008 at 12:25 am

why might tap water be safer than bottled water?

water November 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Boat loads of money eh? more like boat loads of pennys

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