Water for Health

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 June 2005



(2005), "Water for Health", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 35 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2005.01735cab.016



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Water for Health

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Listed below are the latest updates:

New Water for Health Alliance member – The Health Education Trust

The HET have become the 19th stakeholder to join the Alliance. HET are a registered charity, formed to promote the development of health education for young people in the UK. We are delighted to be working alongside the team, as they have been long time advocates of drinking water for health.

The Health Education Trust actively promotes the importance of easy access to water in schools in all its activities and via its informative website. They are asking that LEA's and schools should move quickly to ensure that schools supply this simple but very vital resource.

Building Schools for the Future – drinking water guidance update (Bulletin 95)

For information – The guidance for future school buildings now advises that "Drinking water supplied from the mains should be easily accessed from water fountains or dispensers. These should preferably be located in circulation areas, as provision combined with toilet facilities is potentially unhygienic. For hygiene reasons paper cups or similar should be provided.

Update on building regulations for existing school premises

For information – The Health and Safety legislation and the School Premises Regulations now require that adequate supplies of wholesome drinking water are accessible to staff and public throughout the day All water outlets should be labelled as "Drinking" or "Not for drinking". They also advise that "Water coolers, including those plumbed directly to the water supply may also be considered for drinking water purposes, however, consideration should be given to maintenance and the number of pupils using the facility". Where Local Authorities remove fountains they must ensure that there is a suitable alternative source of drinking water for pupils and is preferable if drinking water supplies in schools can be connected directly to the water main.

Ref: Building Bulletin 87, 2 edition, version 1 (May 2003) Section 5: Hot and Cold Water Supplies Drinking Water Page 27-29.

New update of "Ask About" medical evidence web area

BMA Researcher Hilary Forrester, has completed the latest update of the Water for Health scientific evidence base and this can be seen by clicking http://www.water.org.uk/home/resources-and-links/water-for-health/ask-about.

Drinking water in DPP "Better Health at Home and at Work" self help booklet

The DPP have produced and launched the latest version of this valuable community document, written by Dr Ian Banks. The latest version was launched on the 19 January and now contains comprehensive reference to drinking water for health.

Water UK/RIPH, Drinking Water in the Care Homes

The promotion of good hydration within national healthcare is now widely accepted, and is part of Government guidance to school children in England, Scotland and Wales.

However, the issues for the elderly in care are yet to achieve the same level of recognition and active promotion. The Care Standards still need to progress by providing carers with simple, cost free, amendments to recognise the importance of water in nutritional care.

Eau de Paris

The City of Paris brands its taps. Paris has made a strong statement towards sustainability, by releasing Eau de Paris - Parisian tap water. Tired of the price and marketing surrounding branded bottled waters, the City decided to publicise its own public asset – low cost, accessible, tap water.

Aberdeen University

Dr Susan Shirreffs supports positive hydration – Dr Susan Shirreffs, an expert on dehydration from the Biomedical Sciences Department at Aberdeen University, has said that "Most people probably need to drink between one and two litres of fluid every day to maintain their health. Even small levels of dehydration can create headaches, lethargy, or just overall lack of alertness". "If you reduce your fluid intake, the volume of blood goes down and there is less available to flow to the heart, brain, muscles and all the important organs. The less blood delivered to these crucial organs, the less oxygen they receive and the less able they are to perform their normal tasks". http://www.eufic.org/gb/food/pag/food22/food221.htm

The Food Guide Pyramid

This is a general guide to help an individual choose what to eat. It promotes eating a variety of foods to help ensure that you can get all the nutrients required for health while maintaining a healthy weight. The USDA developed this pyramid in 1992 as a visual representation of what was considered a healthy diet for anyone over the age of two.

Tuft's researchers have come up with a modified version of that pyramid, because seniors have specific nutrient needs that are not addressed in the general pyramid. The base of the pyramid is eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day to prevent constipation and dehydration. Adequate hydration is a chronic problem for many seniors. A decreased thirst mechanism is common in aging, and some medications affect fluid regulation in the body.

Welsh Assembly

Dr Brian Gibbons replaces Jane Hutt – Dr Brian Gibbons has replaced Jane Hutt as Health Minister for Wales. Ms Hutt, who has been a major supporter and driver for the provision of drinking water in Welsh Schools, has held the post since the creation of the Welsh Assembly, is to take on the Cabinet position of Business Manager.


Stephen Twigg and Derek Twigg – Stephen Twigg has been promoted within the Department for Education and Skills and has becomes Minister of State for School Standards. He is replaced as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools by Derek Twigg, who was as Assistant Government Whip.

CSCI's and elderly care standards

Water UK and the Care Standards Commission are in dialogue regarding the development of Care Standards for Elderly Care Homes following the Alliance discussions. Through the work by members of the stakeholder Alliance, Water UK have recommended a change of the Care standards to include "Drinking water should be available to all residents every day, free of charge". This would help mirror the advice now given in the Governments National Nutritional Standards and Healthy Living Blueprint for Schools.

Water in our prisons

Dietary specialists at Medway NHS Primary Care Trust will be discussing guidance for drinking water provision in young offender institutions and Government owned prisons with Water UK. This work follows discussion at recent Water for Health Alliance meetings and the 2004 Parliamentary Questions raised with Paul Goggins (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office) by Joan Walley MP.

Mens Health Forum

The Mens Health Forum are working with Water UK to include a section on the nutritional benefits of tap water in their 2005 anti-obesity campaign.

Their document covers advice on good hydration and provides practical tips on how to drink more water each day. www.menshealthforum.org.uk

For more information: Nick Ellins, Policy and Planning Advisor, Tel: 020 7344 1810, Fax: 020 7344 1853, email: nellins@water.org.uk, www.water.org.uk

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