Adequate hydration is important during winter months, says IBWA

Media Release
December 23, 2013

Alexandria, VA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) reminds consumers that maintaining proper hydration throughout the winter months is important.  The main reason is that in the winter people tend not to notice they are dehydrated because they aren’t sweating as much.

“But what we don’t necessarily realize is that cold winter air is much drier than humid summer air. This impacts the amount of moisture our bodies naturally absorb from the environment – both outside and inside heated buildings, which also have much drier air,” says Chris Hogan, IBWA vice president of communications.

“Even though you are not perspiring as much, you can still become dehydrated.  Just going about your daily activities in the winter months puts added pressure on a person’s hydration level.”

Staying properly hydrated throughout the winter is something people often forget as the temperature drops.  Convenient, safe and healthy bottled water is an ideal beverage choice during this busy time of year.

“Bottled water is a smart decision for those who wish to avoid or moderate calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial colors or flavors, alcohol and other ingredients. Whether as a replacement for high-calorie beverages, or as an alternative to alcoholic drinks, for guests and designated drivers, bottled water offers consumers a refreshing, healthy, hydrating, and convenient beverage that provides consistent safety, quality and good taste,” says Hogan.

“And with the variety of types available – including spring, purified, mineral, and sparking bottled water – consumers have many choices to suit their specific needs and occasions.  So, choose bottled water and stay hydrated, stay healthy, and stay safe,” says Hogan.

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Media Contact:
Chris Hogan
[email protected]

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters.  Founded in 1958, IBWA's membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers.  IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products.

In addition to FDA and state regulations, the Association requires member bottlers to adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations.  A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization.  Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-11 or log onto IBWA's web site ( for more information about bottled water and a list of members' brands.  Media inquiries can be directed to IBWA Vice President of Communications Chris Hogan at 703-647-4609 or [email protected].