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Eat Drink Paleo 30 Day Water Challenge


tap water challenge

When I was a little girl living in the pre-Westernised Ukraine, I was never exposed to plastic bottled water. Sure, we had sparkling water from the mineral springs that came in glass bottles (which were collected and returned back to the shops for little money) but the plastic didn’t appear until we’ve learnt the new, modern ways of the West.

Our old ways meant that we drank water from the tap, often boiled beforehand as the water systems weren’t always hygienically reliable, or sourced from a local water well or water pump on the street. We drank lots of teas and fruit compotes made with tap water at home rather constantly buying bottled water and soft drinks from the supermarket. A bottle of sweet fizzy drink (again it used to be in a glass bottle) was a treat. You could often find a soda water machine on the streets, which dispensed carbonated fizzy water into a supplied glass that you then had to wash and leave for the next person. Not very hygienic, I know, but it worked and everyone was drinking it. We even had places where you could go and refill your soda water making siphon with more gas to make your own ‘Piralle’ at home.

old water fountain in russia

Slowly the new ways crept in and plastic bottles and packaging appeared everywhere. The novelty of having the convenience to quench your thirst whenever and wherever you want meant that the old ways became obsolete unless you couldn’t afford plastic bottled water. It saddens me now when I look back on it. I like the old ways. I still drink water from the tap or use a filter where necessary. I love filling up my carry bottle from a water fountain in Italy or from a spring in the mountains. I feel proud that by choosing to drink tap water, I take part in saving our planet for many generations to come.

Think about all the packaging, shipping and energy required to get a bottle of water from the water source to the shops and in your hands.  Drinking bottled water comes at a cost to us and to our environment. The good news is that we can change it! It’s a matter of changing your daily habits and raising awareness for others. That’s why I’ve decided to run a 30 Day Water Challenge. I want to encourage people to drink more water to improve their wellbeing and to drink it from the tap to improve the wellbeing of our planet.


I’m running this challenge in conjunction with tap™ (Sydney water product brand) because I have a lot of respect for what they’re trying to do and I really want to spread their message beyond Sydney. If you care about your health and that of our planet, join me for 30 days (because that’s how long it takes to make or kick a habit)  to drink more water and to cut your bottled water consumption to as close to 0% as possible.

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There are three simple rules to this challenge:

1. Pledge to drink tap water on tap™ website  – even if you’re not from Sydney. The issue is global, people!

2. Drink between 1-2 liters of water per day to stay hydrated and maintain healthy body functions. Drinking enough water increases energy levels, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, boosts immune  system and improves skin complexion – and that’s just some of the benefits. Read more about the role water plays in your wellbeing here.

3. Try to go for 30 days without buying a single plastic bottle of water and improve the wellbeing of our planet. Want to learn more about how much impact you have, check out this cool interactive.

By the way, don’t worry if you don’t start this challenge at the same time as me. You can do it in your own time too.

What you will need

  • Find out from your local city council or water authorities about the tap water quality in your area. More often than not it’s safe to drink, especially in the urban centers. Otherwise, get yourself a filter or a large kettle to boil the water and a jug to keep some handy in the fridge. Learn more about how to purify water here.
  • Get yourself a good size carry water bottle that you can refill at home, in the office or from public water sources and fresh springs. In fact, I recommend having a few bottles around – one in your bag, one in the office, one in the car and one at home.
  • Sign up to Lift on your smartphone or the website and join 30 Day Water Challenge  group to track your daily water consumption. It’s a great app for kicking your daily goals!

Not sure which water bottles are safe to use? Check out this great post by Mark Sisson on different types of water bottles. He is also an advocate for tap water drinking.

Oh wait, I have some water bottles right here!

tap™ has provided me with 5 stainless steel water bottles to give away to 5 lucky winners.  To go in the draw to win, simply enter you name, email address and tell us in 25 words or less your daily habit that helps to keep our planet healthy (sorry, only open to Australian residents this time). If you don’t wish to subscribe to my monthly newsletter full of yummy content and updates, just untick the box.

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Spread the love

I wanted to make this into a communal challenge so we can track our progress together. Here are a few things you can do to join the community and to help us spread the message:

  • Join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for weekly updates, motivation and conversation with other challenge participants.
  • Use this hashtag #edp30tap when sharing your experience and updates on social media.
  • Share this page with others to spread the message or leave a comment below.


Find out more about Tap Sydney and reasons to drink tap water, watch this video.

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  1. Those bottles are amazing! I have only just seen your 30 day challenge and I cannot wait to take part! I’ve always been frightened of drinking Sydney tap water so this will really test me but I am up for it! Thanks for spreading the word x

    1. ….. and my one daily act to keep the planet healthy is that I re-use my juice pulp from my juicer to feed my guinea pigs and my plants, and they me for it :)

  2. I am always very conscious of the amount of water we use in our household. To avoid wasting water I will always turn the tap off when brushing our teeth, have short showers and avoid using sprinklers to water our plants.

  3. A few things we do are to use bamboo toothbrushes, recycle/reuse, and make everything from scratch to save on packaging.

  4. I wash and reuse my bottle until it leaks – it doesn’t have to be pretty to be usable! I do use an insulated bottle because I live in the heat of the desert and it keeps it cooler for a longer time without a condensation problem. I drink tap water where I know it’s reliable (which, in the USA, is practically everywhere). I use cloths instead of paper towels, environmentally friendly cleaning products (read: vinegar!), and have instilled a sense of responsibility for being environmentally conscious in my child. :)

  5. I can’t even remember the last time I bought bottled water! I also keep plastic takeaway containers and reuse them to store food. Recycling has been part of my lifestyle since my teens.

  6. Even if I do buy a bottled drink, I always try my best to re use it as much as possible. I always have a jug of tap water in the fridge and my uni have just installed drinking fountains with filtered water which I love and always refill my bottles with it! :) Love the post x

  7. In our house we re-use/ repurpose as many things as possible, and when I buy something in packaging, I try and look for something that can be re-used/repurposed.

  8. We turn of all the lights and open the curtains. I tend to wear an extra jumper instead of putting on the heater at work and don’t use plastic wrap on my lunch I re-use containers

  9. Keep cup for my hot chocolate and although plastic filtered water bottles at work and home. I also have a lovely little vege patch and herb garden.

  10. We drink tap water in our house. Also, we use cloth napkins and towels. I haven’t bought paper towels in years. Sometimes people will bring them to parties and such because they know I don’t buy them.

    1. Just read back and not Australian resident. So disregard my entry. Love the post though. Plastic bottled beverages drive me nuts!

      1. Sorry about that! If I was providing the prizes I would allow everyone but Sydney Water is fulfilling these ones and they can only post within Australia. Thanks for entering anyway!


  11. I refill my (plastic) water bottle whenever possible and hate buying bottles of water! I drink 3 x 500 ml per day as well as water in coffee, protein shakes and recovery drinks, all from the tap. Seeing bins full of empty soda bottles makes me sad :(

  12. Great idea to reduce the use of plastic bottles, especially BPA’s. However I’m concerned with the fluoride in tap water.
    Have your recipe book, absolutely love your recipes. Keep them coming.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Lisa,

      That definitely seems to be a concern for some people. It’s best to check with you local water authorities. If you’re in Sydney, you can always contact Sydney Water for more info on fluoride etc.


  13. I don’t agree. Bottled water can save lives where tap water is either somewhat restricted in some countries, and in smaller towns can contain bacteria that can make you sick. Plus, plastic bottles are recyclable. What if the utilities that supply tap water somehow shutdown, or underground pipes burst, and there’s no bottled water? -_^ if we’re trying to save money for shipping stuff about the world, then do we really need 30 brands of potato chips in every supermarket around the world? .. Just an example.

  14. Hi, I just have a query – is the Sydney tap water fluoridated? If so, I’m sorry, but I won’t sign up to your challenge as it is at the moment. I’m happy to if the water is not fluoridated, or when it stops being fluoridated. As it is, I already filter my water each day but it has to be done with special filters (boiling doesn’t remove the fluoride as I’m sure you know). I like your concept, it just needs to go a step further to influence the water companies to re-read the research and get rid of the fluoride – it is not helping anyone’s health and it’s not helping the planet. It’s one of the main reasons people buy bottled water in the first place. Good luck with the campaign – I really hope it evolves to include this vitally important issue.

  15. Hi :) Is there a trick to entering the competition? I can’t seem to write my answer to the question…. then I pressed Enter thinking it would pop up, but it submitted my ‘non answer’…. Sorry but a tad confused :/…

  16. I do drink water out of the tap – I use a reusable water bottle (OK so mine is plastic), and I fill it up as necessary – from the tap. When at work, it is all I drink – at least 2-3 bottles a day (it is a 500ml bottle), so that means I drink a good 1-1.5 litres of water a day.

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