News & Media

30 March 2015

Gippsland residents encouraged to drink more tap water

Gippsland Water and Latrobe Community Health Service launched a new partnership last week to encourage Gippsland residents to drink more tap water, after health statistics revealed worrying levels of soft drink consumption.

School students
Students from Commercial Road Primary School at the launch of the partnership

Gippsland Water and Latrobe Community Health Service launched a new partnership last week to encourage Gippsland residents to drink more tap water, after health statistics revealed worrying levels of soft drink consumption.

“More than 20% of people living in Gippsland – or one in every five people – drink soft drink every single day,” said Ben Leigh, CEO of Latrobe Community Health Service. “That’s nearly 5% more than the state average.”

“On average, those people drink 646mls of soft drink per day. That’s a large bottle of Coke.”

Mr Leigh said the partnership with Gippsland Water was a natural fit.
“We’re both interested in seeing more people choosing tap water,” he said. “Together I think we can make a real dent in the level of soft drink consumption in Gippsland.

“Choosing tap water is vastly better for your dental health; soft drink has a devastating effect on your teeth, and it’s a problem we have seen in our dental clinics every day.

“Choosing tap water instead of soft drink can also reduce your weight, which in turn reduces your risk of diabetes and heart disease.”
Gippsland Water Managing Director David Mawer said switching from not just sugary drinks, but from bottled water to tap water as well, is not just good for your health, it’s good for your wallet, too.

“It costs just under $2 for 1,000 litres of water straight from your tap at home, compared to around $3 for just one litre of bottled water from the shops,” Mr Mawer said.

“Together, our organisations will be reaching out to the community over the next year at schools, community events, and through Latrobe Community Health Service dental clinics,” Mr Mawer said.