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KC Water Celebrates Drinking Water Week

Posted on May 4, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water celebrates Drinking Water Week by focusing on the role tap water plays in weight loss and healthy living.

Drinking water helps you lose weight. So why do we resist our eight to ten glasses a day? Water is a thirst-quenching, non-caloric drink that fills you up. Still not motivated? Here is what you need to know about the wonders of tap water:

Why water?

  • Water curbs your hunger. It is easy to mistake thirst for hunger so, before you reach for a snack, pour yourself a glass of water.
  • Water helps move all that great fiber you’re eating (or should be eating) through your system.
  • Water is an essential nutrient for your body. It regulates body temperature and carries waste products out of the body.
  • Water prevents dehydration, the last thing you need when trying to lose weight, as dehydration can make you feel tired and cranky. If you’ve increased your exercise efforts to burn additional calories, you’ll need to drink extra water to compensate for fluids lost as sweat.
  • Water flushes the body and gets rid of excess fluid, which can reduce swelling and bloating. For some women, water can beneficial in reducing symptoms of PMS. And, the extra walks to the bathroom will help you burn more calories.

How can you add water to your diet?

  • Make water part of your daily routine. Drink a glass or two when you get up in the morning.
  • Keep a big bottle of water at your desk and make sure you finish it before the workday is done.
  • Take a reusable bottle of water with you when you exercise.
  • Keep a jug of water in your refrigerator.
  • Beverages other than water count towards your eight glasses a day, but beware of the calories. Fruit juices, soft drinks and other flavored beverages are often loaded with calories. For a healthier alternative, try sparkling water, fruit juice spritzers, or fresh-brewed ice tea (decaffeinated is best). Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks don’t count toward your daily water tally because they act as diuretics, causing the body to lose water.
  • Choose snack foods with high water contents. Many fruits and vegetables are mostly water. Bite into a juicy slice of watermelon for a refreshing, low-calorie afternoon snack. Sugar-free Popsicles and Jell-O are also tasty treats that hydrate.

KC Water maintains 2,800 miles of pipeline that deliver safe and reliable drinking water to more than 170,000 residential and commercial customers, and 32 wholesale customers in the greater Kansas City area.

About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Media Relations Coordinator, at or 816.513.0284.


KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.

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