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Joint media release Wednesday 19 March
Celebrating the Ordinary : Water
With World Water Day being celebrated on Saturday 22 March, two of Gippsland’s major bodies are coming together to both celebrate the day and ask Gippslanders to consider the importance of the most basic of needs: water.
Gippsland Water, the provider of fresh, clean and safe drinking water to more than 60,000 customers in the region and Gippsland Medicare Local, the agency tasked with coordinating primary health care in Gippsland would like people to appreciate what we take for granted and acknowledge the health benefits of drinking more water.
GML Board Chair, Dr Nola Maxfield, welcomed the focus on the value of drinking water over sugar and salt-laden drinks.
“Drinking lots of water and maintaining a balanced diet are essential to good health,” Dr Maxfield said.
“Water helps improve your kidney health while soft drinks can become addictive, containing up to 33 grams of sugar and increasing your risk of tooth decay, obesity and cholesterol abnormalities.”
One of the major challenges being faced at present by the industry is the trend towards drinking bottled water which Gippsland Water’s General Manager Customer Service and Communications, Paul Clark says doesn’t make sense when you look at what customers are paying for.
“Australian’s spend more than $500 million on bottled water each year while at the same time being supplied cheap, clean and safe water direct to taps in their homes and businesses,” Mr Clark said.
“If there is one thing we’d encourage customers to consider this World Water Day, it’s ‘choose tap’; Carry a bottle and fill it up at home, at work, in the local park at the water fountain. Paying for bottled water is like paying for air. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Both Gippsland Medicare Local and Gippsland Water will continue celebrating water and good health at next week’s Farmworld event at Lardner Park which has ‘Health and Wellbeing’ as its theme this year.
Gippsland Water will be in the Exhibition Centre at stand EC 23, while Gippsland Medicare Local can also be found at Exhibition Centre in the Commonwealth Bank Room.