Costco’s water delivery service helps you stay hydrated Water up!
WATER ILLUSTRATION CHRIS A RUSNAK
By Steve Fisher IN A POPULAR series of beer commercials, the spokesperson ends each spot with the catchphrase “Stay thirsty, my friends.” In the dog days of summer, the one thing you don’t want to stay is thirsty. Proper hydration is always important, but never more so than when temperatures are high and any activity leads to above-normal sweating.
An article on Aetna’s InteliHealth website
( www.intelihealth.com; “Beat the heat, stay
hydrated”; search “dehydration”), reviewed by
Harvard Medical School faculty, says, “Even
when you are inactive, your body loses more
than a quart of water every day—through
urine, perspiration, and sweat. And most days
you lose 2. 5 quarts. You also lose water when
you exhale—up to one or two glasses a day in
the form of vapor.” Medical conditions such
as diabetes, fever and vomiting can lead to a
higher risk of dehydration. Older adults and
infants are at greater risk. Don’t wait for the
symptoms. Schedule regular drink breaks. If
you drink coffee or alcohol, you will need
even more water since those two beverages
are diuretics, leading to more water loss.
If you think you’re not getting enough
water each day, these tips from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention ( www.cdc.
gov; search “meeting your daily fluid needs”)
Carry a water bottle for easy access
when you are at work or running errands.
Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles.
Carry one or two with you for ice-cold water
all day long.
Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with
weight management. Substituting water for
one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save
you about 240 calories.
Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save
money and reduce calories.
Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink
more water than you usually do.
The amount of water a person needs will
vary, depending on size, weight, physical
exertion and any underlying medical conditions. Talk to a doctor about the correct target
intake for you. But chances are the bulk of
that water will come from drinking. And
most health professionals suggest filtered
water to be sure it’s clean.
Water delivery from Costco
through DS Waters
To be sure you have enough filtered
water, and to be environmentally friendly,
using a water delivery service may be the way
to go. Bottled water must meet Food and
Drug Administration standards for physical,
chemical, microbial and radiological contaminants. Fortunately, Costco has a service for
you, fully vetted and an exceptional value.
Formed in 2003, DS Waters® is the producer and distributor of home, office and
retail bottled water, water filtration and office
coffee products sold under various brand
names across the United States: Alhambra®,
Abita Springs®, Athena®, Belmont Springs®,
Crystal Springs®, Deep Rock®, Hinckley
Springs®, Kentwood Springs®, Mount Olympus®, Nursery® Water, Sierra Springs®, Spark-letts®, Roast2Coast® and My Utapia™.
Headquartered in Atlanta, the company
is one of the leaders in the U.S. home and
office bottled water delivery category.
The water is bottled at more than 29 facil-
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ities and delivered to more than 1 million
homes, offices and retail establishments
across the country. DS Waters and its employees also provide safe drinking water to communities during emergencies such as
hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts and other
Water delivery plans start at $15.99 for
Executive Members, and $17.49 for Gold Star
and Business members. The prices are for the
basic plan, which includes three five-gallon
bottles per four-week billing period. Higher
bottle plans are available. A service agreement
for the basic plan is required to receive the
exclusive Costco pricing. Use of a bottle rack
and either two free cases of 0.5 liter bottles ( 24
per case) or four sleeves of cups (100 per
sleeve) are included with the initial delivery.
Costco Executive Members are eligible to
receive two free 24-bottle cases of 0.5 liter bottles on the yearly anniversary of their service
contract. A variable energy surcharge applies
each billing period. Late fees and refundable
bottle deposits apply.
For more information, go to Costco.com,
click “Services,” then click on “Water Delivery,”
or call 1-888-432-4823. C