Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should only water be drunk in WATERSCHOOLS?

    Yes. Celebrations of course are excluded. Herbal infusions, water aromatized with lemon slices or herbs are perfect drinks as well.

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  • What about children, that are not used to drink water?

    School classes are social structures.  Experience shows that even pupils who only drink sweet drinks at home, will quickly get used to drinking water at school.

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  • Are dairy products allowed in WATERSCHOOLS?

    School milk program is no contradiction to WATERSCHOOL. Milk and dairy products are rich in calories and protein, they do not count as a drink but as a snack. Anyway: Pay attention on the sugar content!

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  • What is the difference between mineral and tap water?

    Tap and mineral waters differ in their mineral content. Tap water contains minerals, but the amount of minerals is higher in mineral water. Therefor not each mineral water is suitable for every person. Water with a high sodium and chloride content should be avoided e.g. by persons with high blood pressure and kidney disease.

    Fact is: most of the essential minerals are consumed with solid foods such as vegetables, fruits, bread, dairy products, etc. An advantage of tap water: It is always available, cheap and it does not cause any plastic waste.

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  • What is the ideal drinking quantity for students?

    The exact amount depends on age, temperature, physical movement and also the food taken. By sweating, exhaling or through the urine we lose water, which we have to "refill".

    Adults average daily requirement for water is about 40g/kg of body weight. Children (primary school) need about 60g/kg body weight. But "water demand" is not just about drinking, solid food also contains water.

    Tip: Check your urine! With normal quantity and a light yellow colour you have no lack of liquid.

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  • Is it good to drink water for lunch?

    Yes! Everyone knows the warning: No water for lunch or dinner, because it thins the stomach acid and worsens the digestion. That's not true! The amount of drink is only a small part of the fluid released into the intestine after a meal.

    On the contrary, when a glass of water is consumed to lunch, the stomach expands more. This leads to an earlier saturation. Thus, the "water method" is particularly attractive for people who want to lose weight.

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  • How does the body react to a dehydration?

    First of all, feeling thirsty. Unfortunately one can learn to ignore the feeling of "thirst", which is often the case.

    The first signs of mild dehydration (2% liquid deficiency*) are tiredness, lack of concentration and even headaches. Short-term memory is impaired and cognitive performance is reduced.

    Why? If the body gets too little fluid, it will be deprived of blood. The blood thickens and is no longer able to circulate properly. Oxygen and nutrients reach the brain and the body cells more slowly.

    * 2% deficiency can be reached by a pupil in the late morning, when he/she did not drink much in the evening, did not have breakfast and forgot to drink during the morning break at school.

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  • Is water drinking preventing overweight?

    Yes. Consumption of sweetened drinks is continuously increasing among children/adolescents. Regular consumption of high-sugar drinks is considered as important factor in the development of overweight and obesity. Therefore, it is important to get children used to drinking water at an early age.

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  • Is it healthy to carbonate water?

    Whether with or without carbonic acid is a matter of taste, not of health. Mineral water is often popular, because it is carbonated. You can also bring tap water with a soda machine "to bubbling". The carbonic acid content can be individually selected in this way. Important: For reasons of hygiene, you should strictly follow the cleaning instructions of the manufacturer.

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  • Where do I get information about the quality of our water?

    According to the Drinking Water Ordinance, the operators of water supply systems have to inform the customers about current results of the survey on water quality. Ask your water supplier or your municipality for current laboratory data.

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  • We want to buy bottles for the students. What is to look for in drinking bottles?

    If you want to drink tap water, you need a drinking vessel. This can be a drinking bottle or a drinking cup. Ideal are bottles with the capacity of half a liter, because this is the amount that a primary school student needs on school mornings.

    If you organize water bottles for your school, be sure to pay attention to very good quality. Teachers and parents are very sensitive to harmful substances (BPA, hormonally active substances) in plastics. Glass is a very hygienic material. For protection against breakage, glass-bottles should have a protective cover, in particular for younger students.

    Important criteria:

    • The bottles are transparent. This has hygienic reasons. You can see if the bottle is emptied or clean.
    • The materials are BPA -free.
    • The bottles are individualized - each pupil gets his / her own named bottle.
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