The What About Water

Hi everyone,

Today we’re going to talk water!

How much water do you use per day?

We know that during a heat wave, drinking enough water is very important to help us stay hydrated. However, we all should be drinking enough water every day to keep ourselves healthy.

Below is a chart that shows how much water you should be drinking based on your age and gender. How much should you drink? How about a sibling or a neighbor?

Age Gender Total Water Cups/Day
4-8 years Male and Female 5
9-13 years old Female 7
9-13 years old Male 8
14-18 years old Female 8
14-18 years old Male 11

Data is from Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Not only is it important to make sure that we are drinking enough water, but that you have enough water in case of an emergency!

  • Everyone in your family should have at least 1 gallon of water per day at home in an emergency supply kit. This water can be used for drinking, cooking, washing your hands and brushing your teeth.
  • For Go Bags, gallons are too heavy, so pack a couple of water bottles instead.
  • Just like with other emergency supplies, be sure to check/change the water in your emergency supply kit and Go Bag two times during the year!

My friends at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection have created these awesome pages to help us keep track of how much water we use!

Also, look for NYC Water on the Go near you to fill up while you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Peace and H2O,

Ready Girl

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