15 January 2019

With the mercury soaring into sky high temperatures this week, Goulburn Valley Water is reminding residents to drink extra water to help beat the heat.

Staying hydrated is an important way to help keep cool, with heat health alerts issued for the Goulburn Valley region for today, tomorrow and Thursday.

Goulburn Valley Water donated re-usable water bottles to volunteers and staff at Foodshare’s Mooroopna warehouse this morning, ahead of predicted temperatures of 44 degrees today and 46 degrees tomorrow.

Shepparton Foodshare Operations Co-ordinator Bec Nicoll said keeping hydrated in high temperatures was a priority.
“With the warmer weather, we want to make sure our volunteers and staff remain well hydrated,” she said.

“Many of our volunteers are older and retired, and we know dehydration can be very serious for older people.

“We’re mindful that bottled water is an environmental issue in terms of landfill, so these bottles are a great way to keep hydrated and reduce plastic waste.”

Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director Peter Quinn said people should keep drinking water, even if they weren’t feeling thirsty.

“Drinking water can help avoid heat-related illnesses, and we encourage you to check in on friends, family or neighbours and encourage them to drink more water as well,” he said.

“If you’re out and about, remember to take a re-usable water bottle with you, and keep filling it up with tap water.”

More tips on surviving the heat are available at the Better Health Channel website.

A map of Goulburn Valley Water’s Permanent Hydration Station locations to access free water is available online.

Shepparton Foodshare Operations Co-ordinator Bec Nicoll (left) welcomes the donation of re-usable drink bottles from Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director Peter Quinn (centre) to help staff and volunteers keep hydrated in warmer weather.