Did you know that humans are made up of around 75% water? That water helps us digest food, transport waste, and control our body temperature. When we sweat, it is our body's way of cooling down. Drinking water helps regulate our temperature and keeps us feeling energized.
When you don't drink enough water, you become dehydrated, which affects every part of your body and can drop your energy levels. To fight dehydration, you need to consume about eight glasses of water a day! Luckily, water comes from most of the food we eat. Some foods, like cucumbers, watermelon and cabbage, contain more than 90% water.
Some very popular movies and reality TV shows have focused on the importance of water for human survival. A person can survive for about three weeks drinking only water, but could only last three days without it!
Water also plays an important part in the history of Canada and the development of Peterborough. The "Kawarthas" refers to Peterborough and the surrounding area. It is based on the Aboriginal name meaning "Land of Shining Waters."
Early Europeans came to this area and settled along these "shining" lakes and rivers. They used the energy created by fast moving water to power their mills. Some of these mills were used to cut wood into lumber, and others to turn grain into flour. Without fast moving water to power their mills, early settlements in the Kawarthas would not have grown into the city, towns and villages we know today.