Water – Drink Up!

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May 11, 2013

Bottled water enjoys growing popularity for convenient, portable and healthy hydration.

Water. It makes up about 60% of the average human body. Because you lose some of that water going about your daily activities, especially in warmer weather, you need to replenish your body’s water supply daily. But do you ever stop to think about the quality of the water you’re putting back into your body?

Perhaps that’s why so many of us choose to drink bottled water. While tap water from a municipal system may be safe to consume and use for bathing, it may not have the best taste, and it likely contains chemicals to remove contaminants such as cysts and bacteria. The sources of municipal water supplies–rivers and reservoirs–may also be subject to run-off from pesticides and herbicides used for agriculture, or heavy metals and other chemicals used for manufacturing. Many people prefer the taste and purity–of bottled water.

Simple & Healthy
Bottled water is a convenient and healthy way to stay hydrated. Rather than slurping sports drinks brimming with sugar and sodium, or soft drinks loaded with sugar, sodium, caffeine and hundreds of calories, simply drinking clean bottled water is the ideal way to stay hydrated.

Drinking adequate water can even help you watch your diet. You may think you are hungry when in reality your body simply needs hydration. Instead of a soft drink at mealtime, choose water and skip the extra calories.

Always take water along when engaging in active, outdoor pastimes like hiking, golf, tennis and other sports. Drink water before, during and after you exercise. For a little extra flavor, add a twist of lemon or lime.

In Case of Emergency
Clean drinking water should always be a part of your emergency preparedness plan. Bottled water is an efficient, convenient way to ensure that your family has safe drinking water if a disaster occurs and normal water sources are unavailable. Store containers of water in a cool, dark place away from chemicals or solvents, and write the date of storage on the package. Rotate stored water into use and replace your stored supply every six months to ensure freshness and palatability.

For more information about safe drinking water and your health, visit thefactsaboutwater.org/health.

A Better Bottle
Buying bottled water in large packages of individual bottles can get expensive. Storage is also a problem in your RV. And millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfills despite efforts to recycle.

A better solution? Clean, great-tasting water that comes in a container that’s easy to transport, can be re-used multiple times and ultimately recycled to make other products such as carpet or bird feeders.

A new program at 73 Camping World SuperCenters offers RVers the opportunity to enjoy clean, great tasting water in convenient, easy to store 3 gallon returnable, recyclable bottes. Purchase a bottle fo drinking water and pay a one-time $6 deposit. When you’re ready for a fresh bottle of water, simply visit any participating SuperCenter to exchange your empty bottle for a full bottle. If you decide to opt out of the program your $6 deposit will be refunded.

The compact, 3 gallon water bottles are the ideal size for RV or home countertops. They store compactly for travel, unlike cases of individual bottled water that can eat up chunks of storage. And if your destination has no recycling program, you won’t have to bring all the empties back home.

Find participating SuperCenters at CampingWorld.com/stores.

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