My monthly water bill arrived today and when I reviewed it I realized how much less water we use during the winter months. Here in Colorado it takes quite a bit of water to keep a lawn looking green. Hopefully we’ll get enough snow in our mountains this year to provide the runoff we’ll need come spring.
This is the time of year when Coloradoans notice their skin drying out and their noses feeling the effects of less humidity. We pull out the room humidifiers, our Neti pots and our saline nose spray. It’s never all that humid here but winters are especially dry.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Utz, an expert on neuroscience and pediatrics at Allegheny University, our bodies are made up of mostly water. Though it varies a bit from person to person, babies at birth are about 78 percent water. By one year of age, that amount drops to about 65 percent. In adult men, about 60 percent of our bodies are water, and for women, 55 percent.