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A Toast To Tap: New Jersey American Water Offers New Year's Resolutions For A Healthy And Sustainable 2013

As a new year starts, many New Jersey residents are taking on a variety of initiatives for a healthier and more environmentally sound lifestyle. New Jersey American Water, the largest water provider in the state, has compiled a list of easy-to-adopt, water-conscious New Year's resolutions for consumers who want the health benefits of being well hydrated while ensuring that high-quality drinking water will continue to be available for future generations.

Resolution #1: Drink for Your Health

The Cornell Medical Center estimates that as many as 3 out of 4 Americans are chronically dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can lead to fatigue and loss of concentration. Water flushes toxins from vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, and contributes to muscle health — decreasing joint and back pain, among other benefits. The Mayo Clinic cites research from The Institute of Medicine recommending that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of water and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of water per day. And tap water will help you meet that recommended amount more cheaply, safely and sustainably than bottled water (see Resolution #2).

Resolution #2: Drink Sustainably

Keep a reusable bottle of water near your desk, during workouts, or close at hand while home for frequent water breaks. Tap water is less expensive than bottled, at about a penny a gallon on average; often considered safer, since it is regulated by the EPA, with tests performed multiple times a day (while bottled water is less stringently regulated by the FDA); and more environmentally friendly, as 85% of recyclable plastic water bottles end up in the trash, according to the Container Recycling Institute, resulting in an average of 38 billion water bottles added to landfills every year.

Resolution #3: Check for Leaks

Millions of gallons of water are lost to leaks every year across the country. In fact, a single toilet leak can result in more than 100 gallons of water lost each week. To check for toilet leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank, then watch for a few minutes. If the color shows up in the bowl, there's a leak that needs to be repaired. Also look for drips or stains underneath and behind appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. Outdoors, check for damaged sprinkler system heads and system leaks. As a general test, check your water meter before and after a two-hour period in which no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. Leak detection kits are available from American Water in a downloadable PDF file at http://www.amwater.com/Customer-Service/Wise-Water-Use/.

Resolution #4: Use Water-Efficient Fixtures

Advances in plumbing technology and design have resulted in faucets, showers and toilets that use significantly less water than standard models while still delivering the rinse, spray and flush that consumers expect. Look for the EPA's WaterSense label at leading retailers. If one in every 10 American homes upgraded a full bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, combined savings would represent about 74 billion gallons of water per year!

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