Ways to jazz up tap water, find free refill spots

WASHINGTON — The latest heat wave is hanging around, creating a four-day weekend of sweltering temperatures. So, if your water is getting a little boring to you, 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, spokesperson at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

“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.”

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

Spice things up with cinnamon or ginger — or make your water pop with your favorite herbal tea bag.

If you plan to brave the outdoors, keep plenty of cool water handy.

The WSSC is reminding folks to drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re active, increase your water intake to between two to four cups each hour.

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

Maya also adds that it’s 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,” she said.

The WSSC says tap water is a wallet-friendly way to quench your thirst. They recommend using the TapIt Metro DC, which is part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Community Engagement campaign. The app lists locations to refill water bottles with free tap water throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to change that the TapIt Metro DC app is part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Community Engagement campaign.

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