Health & hydration

Water is an important resource that we depend on for everything we do. All living things need water to survive. It's essential our water is safe for all.

There are many ways to drink tap water, warm, cold, in a thermos or refillable water bottle. Our tap water is clean, filtered, expert checked and it’s safe to drink straight from the tap.
 

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When filling your bottle, kettle or glass, Sydney's tap water is world class.


Meet four Sydneysiders and discover the role our tap water plays in one of their much-loved cultural traditions.


We treat and filter water 100% of your water to ensure it's safe to drink straight from the tap.

Our drinking water is some of the best in the world.

Did you know?
You can refill your bottle with safe and great tasting drinking water even when you’re out and about. Find out if there’s a Water station near you.


We meet stringent quality and health standards in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

We continuously monitor water quality. Learn about water quality and monitoring.

Couple on grass drinking water

We provide world-class water for you to enjoy.

Your body needs a regular supply of clean water to survive. The human body is made up of 50 to 75% water. Every cell, tissue and organ uses water to work correctly.

Water is essential to maintain performance in everything we do. Being hydrated helps your body sweat to cool down in hot weather or when working hard.
 

Teen running with water bottle.

Drinking water helps keep your body hydrated.

Did you know?
Water is sugar free, unlike sports drinks which contain an average of 12 teaspoons of sugar!

Use the drink calculator to learn how far you need to walk to work off your drink.

Find out more about why you should choose water as a drink.

Try one of our tasty water recipes for healthy fruit flavoured water.


Sydney's drinking water gives NSW cricket players the hydration they need to perform. We're the official hydration partner of Cricket NSW. This year, they'll be staying hydrated from the tap instead of using sports drinks.

By drinking water instead of sports drinks, NSW cricketers will consume 61,000 less teaspoons of sugar this year. That's over 250,000 kilojoules!

To burn off these kilojoules, it would take the equivalent of one person to walk over 24,000 km - that's almost twice the distance around Australia.

Clean water keeps us healthy and helps us manage our personal hygiene.

Using water and soap to clean your hands, is essential to help stop the spread of infectious diseases. Practise simple hygiene by washing hands regularly. See this guide from NSW Health to see how.

Water also helps us with sanitation, such as flushing toilets.

Did you know that the invention of toilets helped to save lives? See How the toilet changed history.

By flushing a toilet your, used water is removed and then we clean it to use again or return it to the environment. This is called Wastewater treatment.
 
This process is important for our health and the health of our environment.

Did you know?
Most of the drinking water isn’t used for drinking in the home. We typically use the most water in the shower. Find out more about Water use and conservation.
Have you thought about how access to water contributes to the wellbeing of a community?

Most of us take access to water for granted - it's always there and we can use it whenever we want. But, some people don't have access to water, especially if they don't have a home. How will their dignity, health and hygiene be affected?

Access to water for showering, doing laundry and keeping clean can improve people's wellbeing.

One of the ways we help is by sponsoring Orange Sky Australia. Orange Sky is the world's first free mobile laundry service for people without access to clean, safe washing facilities.

We've funded a shower and laundry van that provides access to basic hygiene in our local community. This will help restore dignity to those who are easily forgotten.

Try our Orange Sky lesson plan in the classroom.

Orange Sky laundry van

One of the Orange Sky shower and laundry vans out and about.


The brand without a bottle

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Looking for an interesting new project? 

Year 7 and 8 English students act as our creative agency to persuade their peers to choose tap water over bottled water.

Find out more about the brand without a bottle.

High school resources

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We have fun experiment ideas to show you how we protect public health and the environment.

For teachers, we have free excursions and lesson plans to help you teach about water.

Check out our free learning resources online.