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Consumer Council for Water: Kick start 2010 with a refreshing glass of tap water

Press Release   •   Jan 05, 2010 11:21 GMT

Drinking water can help with resolutions to keep fit and lose weight, but it’s not always easy to remember to drink the widely promoted two litres of water per day, which is why the Consumer Council for Water has some top tips to help everyone stay healthy and hydrated in 2010.

Your body is made up of about 2/3 water, and staying topped up helps keep you in good working order. That means drinking about two litres of water per day – more if you’re sticking to that intensive exercise regime you promised yourself.

Drinking enough water helps boost energy, sharpens concentration, fights infections, improves skin, aids weight loss, and can help you get more out of exercise.

Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said: “Drinking plenty of water every day is one of the simplest, and best things that you can do for your body. Choosing to drink water from the tap, means it’s also one of the cheapest.

“Just a two per cent loss of water from your body can result in a 10 per cent drop in physical and mental performance, so it is important to make sure that we stay well hydrated at all times, whether at work, at home or at the gym. The Consumer Council for Water’s top tips can help people ensure that they are drinking enough water during the day, no matter what their lifestyle.”

The Consumer Council for Water’s top tips to stay hydrated:

Start each day with a glass of water.

  • Try to drink a glass of water at set points of the day, with each cup of tea or coffee or with meals.
  • Carry water with you when you’re out and about.
  • When at work, keep water close by to sip throughout the day.
  • The charity WaterAid offers free software you can download and install on your PC. During the workday, six messages will pop up to remind you to Drink More Water. Visit
  • Keep tap water in a jug in the fridge so that it’s always chilled. As a serving idea, add lemons, limes, or a sprig of mint to the water.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. They have high water content, and can help keep you topped up. A tomato, for example, is 95% water.
  • Ask for tap! When eating out ask for a glass of tap water to be brought to the table with your meal or other drinks.
  • Have a glass of water on the bed side table when you go to sleep.
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    Notes for editors

  • The cost of tap water means that the public receive around ten litres for every penny. A person can therefore drink the generally accepted two litres of water per day from the tap and over a year and it would only cost 85p.
  • Tap water is of extremely high quality and must meet stringent regulations, which are enforced by the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
  • More information about the effects of dehydration, a hydration calculator, games, links, and tips on how to make sure you drink enough water can be found on WaterAid’s website at and on the Water for Health Alliance web page The Consumer Council for Water is a member of the Water for Health Alliance.
  • Information is also available on the benefits of water in the workplace through the  Water@Work website,
  • Consumer Council for Water

    1.    The Consumer Council for Water was set up in October 2005 to represent consumers in England and Wales.

    2.    The Consumer Council for Water costs each water customer less than 25p per year.

    3.    The Consumer Council for Water has gained £135 million from water companies in reduced prices and extra investments.

    4.    The Consumer Council for Water has to date taken up over 60,000 consumer complaints about water and sewerage companies, and secured £6 million in compensation and rebates for customers.

    5.    The Consumer Council for Water is a non-departmental public body reporting to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Welsh Assembly Government. It has a committee for Wales, and four regional committees in England.

    6.    Our website is

    For public enquiries to the Consumer Council for Water, please contact via email on, via phone on 0845 039 2837, or via minicom on 0121 345 1044.


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