In April, the First Step Fitness Center received a very generous donation of an Elkay ezH20 Bottle Filling Station! This new addition to our fitness facility is another step Healing House is taking towards being more green. In 2021, solar panels were installed on the roofs of all three of our commercial buildings – Transformation Station, Recovery Community Center, and the administration building – with the intention of reducing our carbon footprint and the ability to reallocate thousands of dollars a year back into the recovery community. With the instillation of the bottle filling station, we anticipate keeping thousands of plastic bottles out of our landfills every year. In just the short few weeks we’ve had the filling station, we’ve already saved over 300 plastic bottles!
Benefits of Drinking Water
According to Harvard Health Publishing, water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report 6-Week Plan for Health Eating notes that water has many important jobs, such as:
- carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- flushing bacteria from your bladder
- aiding digestion
- preventing constipation
- normalizing blood pressure
- stabilizing the heartbeat
- cushioning joints
- protecting organs and tissues
- regulating body temperature
- maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.
The average adult should being drinking an average of four-to-six cups of water a day to prevent dehydration. Signs of dehydration include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, or urine that’s dark in color.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Using Plastic Bottles
According to Tatum Pied of Clean Water Action, most bottled water is sold in plastic #1, also known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Research shows that PET may be an endocrine disruptor, altering our hormonal systems. Pied states that although this type of plastic is BPA free, phthalates in bottles can still seep into your water, especially when exposed to high temperatures or stored for an extended period of time.
On top of the health detriments, the EPA states that only 8.4% of plastic in the United States was recycled in 2017.
We encourage you to use a non-plastic reusable water bottle at your convenience. Help us in our efforts of reducing plastic waste from entering our environment!