Tap water is one of the best choices you can make for your health, your wallet, and the environment.
Did you know that around two thirds of our body weight is water? That’s why it’s important to drink water and replace loss from your body through everyday functions and perspiration. Aim to drink at least two litres of water every day to stay hydrated and healthy. Keeping hydrated improves physical and mental health and helps prevent kidney stones, constipation and urinary tract infection.
One of the easiest, most cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to build this healthy habit is by using your own re-useable bottle and drinking clean, safe water, straight from the tap. Tap water is the best beverage choice you can make, with no sugar, no kilojoules, no caffeine and no damaging acidity which can contribute to tooth decay.
Around 370 million single use plastic water bottles make their way to landfill each year around Australia. Single use plastic bottles impact the environment when they are made, with each one litre bottle taking up to 250ml of crude oil and three litres of water to manufacture. Single use plastic bottles then continue their impact on the environment long after the drink they held has been consumed, taking up to 1000 years to break down.
We’re pretty good recyclers in South Australia, but with only 65.8% of PET bottles sold last year being returned for recycling, there’s still a huge number of plastic bottles making their way to landfill or the natural environment.
Bring your own re-useable bottle while you’re out and about, and form a better habit.
SA Water’s BYOB app enables you to search for nearby drinking fountains and bottle filling stations wherever you are in South Australia. Whether you need a quick drink, to fill your bottle, or quench your dog’s thirst, the app will help you find the fountain you need – and get you there with clear directions via an interactive map.
There’s already close to 1000 mapped drinking fountains and you can add more. You can also give a star rating so that everyone can see the highly rated fountains, and we can contact councils where the rating is low and let them know their fountain may need some love.
It’s for these reasons that we’re encouraging South Australian’s to Bring Your Own Bottle. Look out for our refreshed Quench Benches with this messaging when you’re out and about. And, there’s Bring It in social media or on your next bill. These clever little animations will remind you of the opportunities to do your bit for the environment and your hip pocket simply by choosing to BYOB.