Drinking water is a hot topic in the US right now, and a new poll from Public Policy Polling suggests a lot of Americans are wondering what they should do with their drinking water.
According to the poll, 74 percent of respondents said they’d like to see a water cooler or similar fixture installed in their home, but the most popular choice for most respondents was “put a water hose on it.”
Only 29 percent of those polled said they would prefer to leave their drinking-water source up to them, and only 17 percent said they wanted to be able to turn off their water when it’s cold.
The poll, conducted between January 27 and 28, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
A poll of more than 7,000 adults conducted by the Pew Research Center in late January also found that water heaters are popular with both men and women, but it also found the number of people who said they were willing to give up drinking water for heat-assisted cooking is still pretty high.
While a majority of Americans believe that heat assisted cooking can reduce their risk of heart disease, only 34 percent said it could make their water hotter.
“It seems like there are some people out there who think that if they have water in the refrigerator that they can get more from it than if they put it in a cooler,” said Chris Crouch, a water-science researcher at Penn State University.
“But there’s no research to support that.”
There are a number of ways to make your water hotter, Crouch said.
One way is to heat the water with a water heat engine, which uses hot water to boil a small amount of water.
Another way is by using a filter or a hot water heater to heat water that has been frozen and stored in a container, Cropkin said.
“There are a lot more ways to do this than we thought,” he added.
While heat-enhanced water is still a relatively new idea, Cushkin says it’s already becoming more common in homes.
“The more water we have in the house, the more it becomes an issue, because we’re getting so much more of it now,” he said.
He said the public health community is working to make water cooler an increasingly popular and practical way to conserve water, as well.
In addition to heat-driven cooking, many people have started installing air-conditioners and heating appliances in their homes.
These devices convert heat from the air into electricity, which is then used to heat an entire home.
In the poll of 1,086 Americans, 75 percent of people said they use a water thermostat or similar appliance for their water heater.
In fact, nearly 70 percent of all respondents said that they do the same for their kitchen and bathroom water heat units.
The public health and water-resources experts said they’re looking forward to seeing how many Americans choose to give in to the heat, and if water temperatures continue to rise, the public will probably see water coolering as a more important issue than ever.
“We don’t have an idea yet how widespread this will be, but I think there’s a lot going on that is going to cause a lot less concern for people,” Crouch told The Next Green.
“I think people are going to see this as more of a public health issue than a public safety issue.”