Heading back to school? Don’t forget the tap!

The Consumer Council for Water is reminding mums and dads that back to school season means more than just new school uniforms, pencil cases and rucksacks. Readying children for school also means ensuring they get enough to drink, and staying topped up with water from the tap helps avoid high sugar drinks and won’t break the bank.

Our bodies are made up of about 2/3 water, and staying topped up helps keep them in good working order. That means adults and children over the age of eight need to drink about one and a half to two litres of water per day. 1

Studies have shown that pupils who were dehydrated during the school day suffered from a loss of concentration, headaches and tiredness.1

Dame Yve Buckland, Chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said: “Making sure that you and your children drink plenty of water every day is one of the simplest, and best things that you can do for your, and their, health. 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 children stay topped up, especially as they head back to school.”

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