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The seasonal variations of water consumption rates are summarized in Tables 3 and 4. In summer, people tended to drink more water compared to the winter season. The average cold water consumption rate during summer was 1.12 L/day per person and in the winter season was 0.92 L/day per person. The seasons greatly affected the consumption of water. Our observation clearly shows that in the summer season people drink more cold water. Similar trends of observations were also reported by Gofti-Laroche et al. (2001), Xu et al. (2008) and Kyunghee et al. (2010).

Table 4

Average cold water intake (L/day) of the surveyed participants of Mysore city during wintera

 Age groups (years)
 
Type of water0–9 (n = 18)10–19 (n = 46)20–29 (n = 162)30–39 (n = 136)40–49 (n = 114)50–59 (n = 108)60–69 (n = 62)70 + (n = 48)Total (n = 694)
Municipal tap water 0.6 ± 0.4 0.7 ± 0.3 1.4 ± 0.4 1.06 ± 0.4 1.16 ± 0.4 1.02 ± 0.3 0.78 ± 0.4 0.70 ± 0.3 0.92 ± 0.3 
Bottled water 0.5 ± 0.3 0.60 ± 0.4 1.5 ± 0.5 1.3 ± 0.6 1.6 ± 0.4 1.0 ± 0.4 1.0 ± 0.5 0.5 ± 0.3 1.00 ± 0.4 
 Age groups (years)
 
Type of water0–9 (n = 18)10–19 (n = 46)20–29 (n = 162)30–39 (n = 136)40–49 (n = 114)50–59 (n = 108)60–69 (n = 62)70 + (n = 48)Total (n = 694)
Municipal tap water 0.6 ± 0.4 0.7 ± 0.3 1.4 ± 0.4 1.06 ± 0.4 1.16 ± 0.4 1.02 ± 0.3 0.78 ± 0.4 0.70 ± 0.3 0.92 ± 0.3 
Bottled water 0.5 ± 0.3 0.60 ± 0.4 1.5 ± 0.5 1.3 ± 0.6 1.6 ± 0.4 1.0 ± 0.4 1.0 ± 0.5 0.5 ± 0.3 1.00 ± 0.4 

aMunicipal tap water and bottled water were included.

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