Happy Water Wednesday!

watersplashThis summer, the Boston Public Health Commission is working on a project to promote tap water consumption around Boston. We want to show you that tap water is the best way to quench your thirst. Why should you drink tap water?

Well, water might just be the perfect beverage. It’s healthy, refreshing, and best of all, practically free!

Healthy. As you probably know, sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks add calories to your day without providing any nutritional benefit. In fact, a typical 20-ounce soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar and 250 calories. An average adult would have to walk at a brisk pace for 45 minutes just to burn off these calories. Extra calories can lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Tasty. If you live in Boston, the water that comes out of the tap in your home is free from contaminants and ranked one of the best tasting tap waters in the country. For more information about the quality and safety of our water, visit the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) website.

Environmentally friendly. Pouring water into a tall frosty glass means no plastic bottle in the landfill.

 Still don’t believe tap water is the best way to quench your thirst during the summer?

Take our water taste-test challenge! We’ll be at events all across the city this summer testing YOUR ability to taste the difference between bottled water and tap water. We want to show you that Boston tap water really is cheaper and tastier than bottled water. We’ll also be Tweeting the results of the challenge @HealthyBoston.

We’ll be posting about different water topics every two Wednesdays throughout the summer, so be sure to visit us again on June 26th for a new post! Until then, #LoveThatBostonWater.