Baby, It's Hot Outside, Stay Hydrated

New Jersey American Water Reminds Customers that in this Hot Weather, if You are Thirsty, It's too Late

Jun 28, 2010, 13:29 ET from New Jersey American Water

VOORHEES, N.J., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that area temperatures are consistently in the low 80s or higher, New Jersey American Water reminds customers to stay hydrated as they participate in outdoor activities.

The human body is more than 60 percent water, and even 2 percent dehydration can reduce a person's work capacity by 12 to 15 percent. When that happens, your body does not function properly and you can lose mental clarity. That can make you susceptible to poor decision making, accidents and injury. Continued exposure to heat without proper hydration could also lead to heat injuries such as cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"We encourage our customers to use common sense when outside working, exercising or even just relaxing in the sun. Don't push yourself beyond your limits and keep your fluid intake up," said New Jersey American Water President John Bigelow. "There's nothing more refreshing than a cool glass of water after you've been out in the heat. And remember, water is a precious natural resource that maintains vitality and should be used wisely."

Medical experts agree that in hot and humid weather, you need to consume extra quantities of water because of the loss of water through sweat. Unfortunately, by the time you get thirsty, you're probably already partially dehydrated. With that in mind, do not use thirst alone as a guide for when to get something to drink. It is recommended that you consume at least eight to 10 glasses of water each day, but the ideal amount varies with the individual and conditions such as activity.

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New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting

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