Happy Drinking Water Week! Started by the American Water Works Association over 35 years ago, Drinking Water Week observance was declared in 1988 by then-President Ronald Reagan. The National Drinking Water Alliance, consisting of the AWWA and 15 nonprofit educational, professional, and public interest organizations, celebrate the week by raising public awareness and involvement in public and private drinking water issues.

Our favorite way to celebrating Drinking Water Week is to drink more water! Enjoy more water by following these 6 tips:

  • Make it a morning ritual – before you reach for your morning coffee, drink a glass of cold water. You may find yourself drinking less coffee and feeling more awake in the morning!
  • Switch to reusable! By carrying a reusable water bottle, you are more apt to choose water over soda and other drinks. And it will act as a visual reminder to drink more water.
  • Variety is the spice of life – add a lemon wedge, cucumber slice, or some strawberries to flavor your water. Feeling adventurous? Try some lemongrass, lavender, or rosemary to spice up your water.
  • Sip it right through a straw! Multiple studies have found that people will drink more water when they are sipping through a straw.
  • Set reminders – if your day whizzes by, why not set reminders on your phone, download a water tracking app, or simply put a post-it where you will see it to remind yourself to drink more water.
  • Eat it! Take advantage of your local farmers’ market and pick up some seasonal fruits and vegetables with higher water content, like tomatoes, green peppers, spinach, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, and cantaloupe.