Water makes up about 60% of a child’s body weight.

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Water is an essential nutrient for children. While in the body, water regulates temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, lubricates joints, aids digestion, removes waste, and much more!

30% of Canadian children 5-17 years old drink water on a typical day.

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It’s actually more like 70%, which is great news. Water has zero calories and no sugar, not to mention all of the great things it does for the body as listed above.

Most tap water from municipal sources is fluorinated, meaning it helps teeth stay strong and protects against cavities.

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Fluoride is naturally occurring in all water supplies, but health officials decided to add a bit more to protect our teeth (just like Vitamin D is added to milk). Community water fluoridation can reduce tooth decay in children’s primary teeth by up to 60%, saving you from costly oral health care.

Water is always clean and safe.

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Some communities may not have access to safe drinking water including rural and/or First Nations communities. If the safety of the drinking water in your area is uncertain, you will be notified by your community officials. To make sure tap water is safe for you and your kids, boiling it is a great way to kill of bacteria.