LOUISVILLE — Poll data released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health reveal the majority of Kentucky adults (52 percent) report tap water as the most common source for their drinking water. One in four (24 percent) drink eight or more cups of water a day while fewer than one in ten (8 percent) reported not normally drinking any water each day.
“Drinking water is good for our health and our teeth,” said Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Health Kentucky. “Water is a calorie-free beverage. And 96 percent of Kentucky’s tap water has fluoride so it protects our teeth from cavities. Drinking water is one piece of the picture of a healthy Kentucky.”
KHIP offers a snapshot of Kentuckians’ opinions on health-related topics. KHIP water highlights include:
· When compared to other parts of the state, a larger portion of Louisville area residents (61 percent) report drinking tap water.
· Geographically, eastern Kentucky had the smallest portion of residents who reported tap water as the primary water source (39 percent) and the largest portion of residents who reported drinking bottled water (50 percent).
· Nearly four in ten (39 percent) Kentucky adults said they drink bottled water most often.
· More than four in ten (43 percent) said they do not drink tap water because of the taste.
· Regardless of the source, more than three in ten (35 percent) Kentucky adults said they drink 4 to 7 cups of water each day.
KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. The poll was conducted October 25, 2013—November 26, 2013, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 1,551 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone, including landlines and cell phones. The poll has a margin of error of ±2.5 percent.