Jazz up that tap water, and find free refill spots

WASHINGTON — The latest heat wave is hanging around, creating a four-day weekend of sweltering temperatures and making it more important than usual to stay hydrated.

Sometimes water can get a little boring, but there are ways to jazz it up while staying hydrated during the last day of this heat stretch.

“Drinking plain water doesn’t have to be boring; you can easily find ways to make it pop,” said Luis Maya, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesperson. “Google some recipes online; find some ways to infuse it. You’ll find endless flavors and ways to make your water taste a little bit different. You’ll stay refreshed and enjoy the  water that you’re drinking,” she said.

Slice cucumbers and add it to water for a cooling touch to the standard hydration routine. Sliced lemons or limes are also great-tasting options.  Of course, there’s fresh mint which can make your water taste great while doubling as a breath freshener.

Spice things up with cinnamon or ginger, or make water pop with an herbal tea bag.

Keep plenty of cool water handy while attempting to brave the outdoors.

The WSSC is reminding folks to drink water throughout the day, even they don’t feel thirsty.  While active, increase water intake to between two and four glasses each hour.

Maya says it’s important to check up on the elderly from grandparents, to parents or neighbors to make sure they’re staying cool and hydrated.

Maya says it’s also important to remember pets.

“Make sure you carry enough water for both yourself and your pets and make sure they’re drinking enough water throughout the day as well,” Maya said.

The WSSC says tap water is a wallet-friendly way to quench thirst. Their “TapIt Metro DC” app lists locations to refill water bottles with free tap water throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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