Eight by Eight Rule Applies Today, Too

Have you applied the “8 by 8” rule in your life today? This rule still remains popular as many believe we need eight, 8 ounce glasses of water each day. As I write shirlandyou, I sit by the sliding glass doors through which our yard, ‘our’ birds and the beauty of the Pennsylvania mountains can be seen. Today, it has rained all day and at this very moment rain drops are dancing in the water that overflows from our bird bath.(Which by

Keep it fresh.

Keep it fresh.

the way,it  should be fresh every day.) I’m sure that’s why I began thinking about drinking water, in fact, a glass of it sits here beside my computer.

There is no hard evidence that we need 8 glasses of water a day and we should remember that all fluids count toward the daily total. So how much water should we drink? Actually it depends on how active you are and even where you live. If you’re living in Arizona, right now, you need to drink water in excess. However, there is a mathematical way to find out how much water you should drink each day. Here’s what you do! Take

Count them, then begin now.

Count them, then begin now.

your weight in pounds, divide it by two and the result is the amount of water, in ounces, you should drink each day. Try it! I did and, guess what, the result was eight glasses!

Reports show that the quality of drinking water is good in the United States. At our house, we oftentimes remark about how good our water is. Our well is over two-hundred feet deep and the water we draw from it is as clear as a crystal, has no odor and tastes clean. It leaves you thirsty for more. We have had visitors rave about how good it is. “Just give me a glass of your good water,” is a comment often heard from guests.

Among the things I never thought I’d see is bottled water being sold for as much as a soda. When I first read that, in the future, people would be buying bottled water, I

The thirst that quenches.

Bottled or not, it’s a necessary drink.

thought, “no way.” But then, there are other things I thought I’d never see. Like looking at the price of gas, $3.49 a gallon and thinking, “It’s coming down.” What about television sets with big screens only an inch thick and film-less photographs?

I’ve lived in the country most all of my life, never where the water supply was piped from the street into the house and was connected to a meter. That means no monthly water bills, but the supply didn’t just fall into our faucets. At my house, my dad had a shallow well, I’m guessing about 40 feet deep. The well was laid up with field stone,

Imagine climbing down a hole like this one.

Imagine climbing down a hole like this one.

and dad would climb down that well to check on the pump, which wasn’t immersible. How he carried heavy pumps and pipe with him, I never knew. Being a shallow well, it would occasionally go dry. He eventually had the well drilled deeper, starting at the bottom of the old, dug well.

Round about 1940, by husband’s dad dug his own well, a bucket full of dirt at time. When the bucket was full, he’d yell for his wife to pull up the bucket, which was roped to their car. The car, by the way, was an old, 1927 -29 Hupmobile. She emptied the bucket and sent it back down. That well, supplied water to the house until just recently when it was drilled deeper. His

This old photo shows what the old Hupmobile looked like and the woman looks much like my husband's mother.

This old photo shows what the old Hupmobile looked like and the woman looks much like my husband’s mother.

grandparents’ water supply came from a spring located in the corner of their yard and piped into the house. After their deaths, we bought the house and it was still the system used for a water supply and amazingly stayed plentiful, until our family outgrew it.

I still remember another system used to bring water into a neighbor’s house. Over their well was a windmill and when it turned it pumped water, up hill, through a pipe about two hundred feet, where it was stored in a tank. It then flowed in another pipe, back down to their house. It was probably low pressure, but today, when the electricity goes off, we have no

A windmill powered a water system.

A windmill powered a water system.

pressure at all. I read where someone wondered if a tank could be put in the attic? I wonder if he was considering a windmill to pump it there?

It’s been fun reminiscing about the past. They say that 60 percent of our bodies is water, so good drinking water is a must. It’s easy to take a good water supply for granted, but getting one wasn’t always easy and people in third world countries would give anything for this precious commodity.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject and maybe a memory or two. In the meantime, don’t forget the 8 by 8 rule.

10 thoughts on “Eight by Eight Rule Applies Today, Too

  1. That was so interesting about the wells! I had no idea Grandpa and Grandma dug their own well that way. People used to work so much harder than I have to now. And you are so right about the water at your house! So good! I miss it

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  2. While visiting Kenya we visited a Masai tribe. They were in the process of hand digging their own well. They used a rope and a crank to bring up the buckets of dirt. They’d gone about a hundred feet down and had started to detect moist earth. They thought they’d have to dig 10 to 20 more feet. I asked why they don’t get a truck with a drill rig to dig their well. The answer was, “Too expensive.”

    I Googled the 8×8 water rule. I note that it has been debunked. See for example: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=eight-glasses-water-per-day. I’ve noticed in Europe they seem to drink far less liquids than we Americans do.

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    • Thanks for your interesting comments sixyuz. Appreciate your research. It’s interesting how some believe sufficient water is contained in the food we eat. People do show an interest in drinking more fluids these days. So many carry bottled water with them at all time. I wonder if the Europeans are better off drinking less? Hope you’ll write again, sixyuz.

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  3. H2O has always been my drink of choice…Sweet Valley has always had the “Best” water. Nothing else like it…!! Talk about TEAM work…God Bless the Grandparents.. Water is essential to life…we can live for long periods of time without food but not without water. It helps clean toxins from the body and makes it easier to lose weight. I have always followed the 8 by 8 rule but find I require more so I really am glad to hear about the mathematical way to find out. It proves I require an extra 51 oz which is close to double of the 8 by 8 rule. No wonder I become dehydrated so often. I will make an effort to drink more while cleaning. Thanks Shirl…you may have changed my quality of life with this post…!! Now about our feather friends. They get fresh water on a regular basis throughout the day for drinking and for bathing. I keep the bath basin clean with baking soda and a scrub brush…then add vinegar for the volcano effect…followed by more scrubbing…boiling hot water…more scrubbing…then fresh cold water. Yes my feather friends are spoiled and well worth the spoiling…!! And you know my favorite thing to do is reminiscing.

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    • Hi Karen: so we’ve proven that you should be drinking more water? I hope you find this helpful to your well being. So glad you find shirlandyou, fun and interesting. Wow! your birds are a lucky lot. I think it’s great how you care for them.Maybe I’d better put forth greater effort in keeping their water clean. Love your writings, Karen.

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  4. I have to say that I am guilty of not drinking enough water. I try to remember to drink water, but I am one of those individuals who just doesn’t seem to get very thirsty. However, I often find that I am thirsty just before bedtime; and you know what happen when you drink lots of water before going to bed! We also have well water on our property, and it is on one of the largest aquifers on the east coast. Our well water is also as you described. I know that I need to make more of an effort to drink water, and recently I started drinking flavored seltzer water, to try to increase my water consumption during the day. I’m not sure if this is working, though. I have 3 bird baths in my yard. It gets very hot here during the summer, and I do my best to keep the bird baths filled. (The deer and squirrels also seem to enjoy drinking out of the bird baths in our yard.) I like the idea mentioned bu (Karen Haines) above, about how to clean the bird baths with vinegar and baking soda….I may have to try doing that. Water is important and it is necessary for all living creatures.The importance of water is also noted in the bible…..water is used for baptism, Jesus walked across water and Moses parted the waters. (Just to mention a few). Yes, water is pretty significant stuff!!!

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  5. I must admit that I usually just take our water for granted. I guess you never really miss it to the well runs dry. When our son had his kidney removed in the spring he was adviced to drink at least 8 glasses a day and he has been very pleased with the results…says the plumbing is working very well..better than before. I was always a city girl but I do remember visiting my parents friends who lived on a farm in Glen Rock. I thought it so strange that on their front covered porch there was a large kind of galvanized sink that had a constant flow of water coming out of a pipe , filling the sink and overflowing into a kind of gutter spout that led to a small stream. It was fun to take the dipper that hung beside the sink and drink out of it. We all used the same dipper and all are still surviving. They also had an out house but that was never fun…

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  6. Hi, Shirley, clean water in the northern bush country of Ghana was a treasure. We have seen women walk miles to a river, dam ( dirty) or waterhole for every drop they used. I well remember the spring on Grampa’s farm. It not only supplied water but kept things cold in the spring house. Great memories from some strong people! Love your page. Arlene

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