Get some 'Water on tap' this summer

ACT Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly Minister has reminded Canberrans to drink enough water as we head into a long, hot summer.

“We’re very fortunate that Canberra is lucky to have access to great quality tap water,” Dr Kelly said.

 According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, Canberrans are more satisfied with the quality of their tap water than any other capital city in Australia, with 95 per cent of Canberra households satisfied, compared with 77 per centin other Australian capital cities.

“Canberrans are encouraged to take advantage of our great tap water and to stop paying too much for bottled drinking water. Tap water is inexpensive, and ideal for quenching thirst and keeping hydrated during hot summer days,” Dr Kelly said.

“Using refillable water bottles means that drinking tap water doesn’t require any packaging or shipping, which contributes to a healthier environment.

“It is also important to remember that kids should drink plenty of water.

“Drinking large amounts of sugary drinks – such as juices, soft drinks, energy drinks, cordials, flavoured mineral water and sports drinks – can lead to weight gain and tooth decay.

“If you’re organising events over the summer period, ensure people have easy access to tap water.

“Canberra’s tap water also has the added benefit of fluoride for healthy teeth,” Dr Kelly  added.

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Published date: 

Monday, December 28, 2015