We all know a few basic facts about water.
Here are 10 interesting facts about water, it’s availability and safety.
Photo Source: www.rainharvest.co.za
We all know a few basic facts about water.
Here are 10 interesting facts about water, it’s availability and safety.
Photo Source: www.rainharvest.co.za
Being a parent never has, nor will it ever be an easy feat. Mom’s and Dad’s worldwide welcome any sort of convenience-based way to care for their baby in the best, healthiest way possible. Now, when it comes to bottle-feeding your little one, there are so many elements to consider it may be overwhelming. BPA free bottles, chemical and additive free baby formula, boiling water, then cooling it and refrigerating it for those midnight feeds. That is JUST the bottle formula considerations you need to take into account! What if I told you that purified water is available on tap – boiling or room temperature water and icy cold water (for thirsty Mum’s). And what if I told you this is likely the safest, most time and money efficient way to mix your child’s formula? Let’s chat.
You already know that tap water is a no-go zone; at best, tap water will need to be boiled, chilled and only then used – in order for it to be safe for your baby to have. Bottled water can become unimaginably expensive, considering how many feeds baby goes through in a day. Your logical, convenient solution is purified bottled water on a dispenser. Imagine this; you’re awoken at 03:30 by a very upset and hungry little baby. You’re half asleep. You either have to take out your prepared formula from the freezer, stick a pot on the stove and heat the bottle to a point where it defrosts. Then you have to wait for it to cool down again so that it doesn’t burn baby. By this time, baby has woken up the whole neighbourhood, your day has started (face it, you’re not getting back to sleep after this) and you still haven’t gotten around to feeding baby.
Now, imagine this.
Baby wakes you up at 03:30, you go into your kitchen and decant some formula into a bottle, top it up with a mix of boiling and cold water to just the right temperature – and feed baby. All in less than 10 minutes. You go back to sleep, baby goes back to sleep and there are no angry neighbours.
Which do you prefer? Not only is this solution by far the most insanely convenient solution – but think of the quality of water your baby is ingesting every single day! No chemicals, no unidentified antibiotics, drugs, additives, particles – none of them.
Instead, your baby is consuming some of the best quality water there is.
Not only can a water cooler benefit your child, their health and sleep cycles – but it can and will improve your quality of life too! Think of the time and energy you will save by making this one simple change.
With all this being said – remember to do your homework before you rent or buy your water cooler.
Does it have both hot and cold water dispensing features? Is the bottles water the company supplies free of chemicals and additives? Will they deliver? Are the bottles they use BPA free?
Congratulations on thinking this way – you’re in the final stages of making one of the best decisions for you and your baby.
Share your stories below to tell us how having a water cooler has simplified your life and feeding your little one
Thank you again to everyone who puts up with my horrendous puns Upon a recent trip to a local hospital, I happened to notice a free standing water cooler in the Casualty Section. Being the person I am, this got me thinking a lot more than it would normally. Isn’t it dangerous to have a consumable product open on display, for everyone to use, in a place known to carry disease? This is what I realised.
We’ve gone through so many considerations for water cooler types in every other aspect; but I never really paid close attention to the needs of a hospital. Most reputable hospitals pride themselves on having sparkling, clinically-clean amenities. Why should their water be any different? Although I was only exposed to the water cooler in the casualty section, I can imagine their kitchens and other “behind the scene’s rooms” have free standing water coolers, too. It makes perfect sense. Your focus group already have compromised immune systems; the elderly and infants need to have the purest form of water so as not to further risk their health. There also needs to be a constantly available, uninterrupted water supply – which as we know in South Africa can be a tricky task.
My initial train of thought revolved around risk. Risk of contamination and spread of disease, to be exact. I mean, it’s an open-to-all water dispenser which can pick up germs, bacteria and viruses without much effort. Why would you want to expose the patients and visitors to that? Thinking a bit further than my panic, I realised that contamination of bottled water is nearly impossible. If the water bottle is properly stored, handled and applied to the machine, your risk of contamination can almost be nullified. The water itself has surely gone through the most stringent purification process – so we’re safe on that front. It comes out of external taps – which are “one way” operational – meaning that any water dispensed from those taps has absolutely no way of re-entering the water bottle or dispenser. Disposable cups mean that once the water has been drunk, you can dispose of the cup – and eliminate the risk of spreading disease that way. The only area which may need to be considered is the external tap being sanitised. If this is improperly performed, a bad taste can be resultant of chemicals left behind on the tap. However, because of this environment, sanitation of the taps needs to be performed. A long as any possible residue is removed after sanitation, your water cooler is as safe as stainless steel operating tools.
If I think of the vast demographic of visitors and obviously the patients -the reward rate on having a water cooler in as many places as a hospital are endless. Newborn babies, ill infants, ill elderly patients – the list goes on and on. Instead of having to first boil tap water to sterilise it – use your water cooler. Need to make up a bottle of infant formula? Water cooler. The person who just fainted in casualty needs a glass of water – use the water cooler. As an alternative of free standing water coolers being a plumbed-in unit, the option is quite clear. Free standing water coolers need purified water bottles in order to function and dispense water. Plumbed-in units rely on a steady municipal supply and, although fitted with internal filters, can only produce slightly-more-than-OK-water. The plumbed-in units also do not all have hot water functionality and require access to existing plumbing infrastructure. This means that in a best case scenario – you can have filtered, OK quality water at one specific point. There are too many variable for this to be the right choice for a hospital.
Considering all the factors we mentioned above, the most important aspect of the fit between water coolers and hospitals is the hygiene factor. It’s an easy to use, plug and play solution that has minimal risk and maximum reward. I requires only a three-point plug power source and bottled water.
Moreover – it leaves you with the peace of mind knowing your patients and visitors are well taken care of and your risk of infection and disease is almost eliminated (in this aspect).
Next time you’re at a hospital (which I hope for all our readers is not any time soon) – have a look at where their water coolers are located and maybe ask a nurse how it makes their lives a little easier
Choosing a water cooler can be a difficult enough task on it’s own; add into that mix the expansive range of water cooler types you can choose from, their own set of pro’s and con’s and an extensive list of cooler options – you could find yourself having a meltdown trying to make the best choice. We’ve taken every influencing aspect of choosing the right water cooler and will explain to you the good, the bad and the ugly of each water dispenser type to choose from.
This is your first big deciding factor; it will either send you in the direction of a plumbed-in or a free-standing unit. If your highest priority is having high-quality, purified water on tap – there is no two ways about it; no other type of water dispenser can measure up – in terms of water quality – to our free-standing water coolers. Yes, plumbed-in water dispensers do contain a filter – but the purification level output of these type of filters fall considerably short of the purified water supplied with your water cooler.
Whether or not you have the existing infrastructure needed for plumbed-in units is irrelevant – most companies who provide plumbed-in units have the tools and know-how to “hook you up”. It’s far more important that you have the access required for them to be able to plumb-in your machine. If you find yourself steering more to plumbed-in units as your dispenser of choice, make sure you have the access to plumbing as it is required.
Another hugely influential factor in consideration is the amount of people who will be using this machine on a daily basis. If you have in excess of 200 staff members who all drink a jug of water per day, or you have four people who drink a jug a day – your water solution fit will be different. Larger requirements may want to consider plumbed-in units for their large production capacity, whereas small requirements may consider free-standing coolers. That being said – if you are geared towards plumbed-in units and have a small complement – there are smaller plumbed-in solutions available for you, too.
What do you ultimately want out of your machine? Do you need only cold water? Do you need hot and cold water on tap? Do you need all three – plus the option of sparkling water dispensed from your machine? Bear in mind the limitations of each machine. Most free-standing water coolers have the hot / cold functionality, but lack the CO2 cylinder necessary for dispensing sparkling water. However, some plumbed-in units will require much more maintenance in terms of cannister refills etc. (a small downside to added functionality).
Think of where each water dispenser will be placed. Will your regular staff be using it? That means your machine choice is easier – you can show all your staff once or twice how to use the machine. Need your water cooler in an open areas, like a reception or conference centre? Although to you and it might be easy to figure out the workings of a plumbed-in machine, first time users may find the functionality a bit intimidating.
Is the location of your machine of a clean and calm nature – or will it need to be able to withstand a few knocks and dirty hands? Free-standing water coolers, although only requiring a single three-point plug outlet, have higher requirements in terms of handling. They need to be handled carefully. Plumbed-in units are much more hardy and can handle a bit of roughness. Also, your water quality may be compromised if the water bottle storage area is not closely monitored. One dirty cap can mean your water cooler requiring a flush.
This is forward-thinking at it’s best; and two-fold. Consider your municipal water supply. Is it reliable and clean? Or is it unstable and of compromised quality? Poor water quality will affect the taste of your plumbed-in unit – and the availability of drinking water. On the same hand – if you are in an outlying area not covered by your water supplier’s daily routes – you may find big difficulty in receiving a regular supply – or you may be forced to drive out to go fetch your water. Always check with your supplier if they deliver to your area – and how often.
That’s a wrap on your top 6 consideration when buying or renting a water solution. We say – whatever your choice – we’re glad you’re drinking water and looking for sustainable ways to improve your staff and your own well-being.
We’ve seen water coolers evolve from bulky, noisy and limited (in terms of functionality output) machines to become some of the most stylish, functional and cost-saving pieces of equipment. Not only can you select water coolers according to your budget, but there is an endless array of choices catering to your specific needs. In this article, we look at the various types of plumbed in water coolers on the market, what they can do, what they can’t do – and if it’s a good fit for you.
Before we jump the bandwagon, let’s all make sure we’re on the same page. Plumbed in water coolers are machines with specific water output functionalities. These machines require no external water cannisters as the water supply for these machines is sourced directly from your household or building water supply. The machine has pipes plumbed-into your water pipes. This being said – always consider your municipal water supply before making a water cooler decision. (LINK)
The AQA So UP is perfect for the small office or even a home; this compact machine packs a punch. You can dispense heated, chilled as well as carbonated water at the touch of a button. It is a table-top sized unit which has an output of 13 litres of water per hour (much higher capacity in comparison to it’s free-standing predecessor – coming it at 4.5 litres water output capacity per hour). Aesthetically pleasing with it’s touch-screen display, it can be seamlessly incorporated to any area where you need sparkling, still, heated or cold water – without the bulkiness of floor—standing plumbed-in units. Not the best solution if your concentration is the purest possible water, or if you are servicing a large consumer requirement.
Off the bat, this looker of a machine is in a league of it’s own. Not only does it look futuristic, sleek and easy to use, this machine has a production capacity of 30 litres per hour. An amazingly useful machine to have if you are looking to satisfy a larger demand; its downfall? It cannot produce hot water like a few other machine’s can. Also, the filtration system is external (although easily concealed underneath or behind the machine). If you are looking for a complete solution, you may find the lack of hot water a tad bothersome; similarly, if you have space constraints, this machine might be a bit bulky.
80 litres per hour is no easy task; but the AQA Tap takes it in it’s stride. Although it cannot produce hot water on tap, this fantastic piece of machinery makes up for it in numerous other ways, like producing room temperature, chilled and sparkling water. What a wonderful solution for restaurateurs who want to bottle and sell on their own branded water. An office environment or home user application could be a potentially bad fit. Water on tap has never looked this good.
The AQA Slim looks as cool as it is. It is what it’s name portrays – a slimline, sleek machine capable of producing your chilled and heated water with the greatest of ease. It’s built-in filter means your water is purified before it hits your glass. A production capacity of 19 litres per hour is quite impressive. Even more impressive is it’s HPDC system; it can chill your water in under 3 minutes! Unobtrusive and easily maintained, this is a great alternative to hot and cold free-standing water coolers. The better alternative if your water quality is not priority, if space is a concern and if you have a reliable water supply.
Imagine your regular, floor-standing water cooler without the bottle. This is exactly what you can expect from the AQA One. The built-in filtration system assists you in getting most of the nasty’s out of your water, and this machine can produce hot and cold water. An excellent alternative to a regular bottled-water free-standing unit if you are looking for solutions that don’t take up too much space – and can reduce water costs (considering you will be using your own municipal supply of water). Looking for sparkling water or an aesthetically attractive “wow” machine? Perhaps not your best bet. Keeping true to it’s similarities, the AQA One also has a production output of 4.5l per hour.
All plumbed-in water coolers are fitted with either internal or external filtration systems to ensure your water is filtered before you drink it.
As with any water cooler, weigh up your needs VS what the machine is capable of; this handy guide LINK can help you choose your best water cooler
Schools are finding themselves under tremendous pressure of late to provide students and staff alike with clean and healthy water on site. Other than providing each individual with their own bottle of purified water each day (and who’s to say one bottle will suffice) – many schools need to start considering alternative options – especially now during heat wave season and while South Africa experience water shortages. We take a closer look at your options for schools below.
On average, a school can facilitate between 500 – 1000 students per day. That means at least 250 litres per day (basing calculations of 500ml of water per student for 500 students). Now, if you look at the general price of water bottles – 500 ml all the way through to commercially sized 20 litre bottles) and consider what it could cost you each day to satisfy that demand – you would be in all your rights to want to run away from the idea entirely. Funding that kind of supply can be crippling to anyone! However, if you consider moving away from the highest level of purified water available and perhaps toy with the idea of alternatives – there is an exceptionally viable option coming you way in 3…2…1… The plumbed-in water dispenser! Provided you have access to plumbing – this machine can be applied anywhere you need filtered, chilled water at the touch of a button or tap. Now, using our previous calculations of 250 l per day needed – maybe looking at a machine with a production capacity of 20 – 30 litres per hour. The more machines you install, the lighter the pressure of production will be on each. Working on a 07:00 – 16:00 day, you could comfortably fit in your water requirements to your budget. All you need is the machine (either on rental or purchase), a plumber to install, and a steady municipal water supply. The students will love having filtered, icy-cold water at their disposal and this can only be good for boosting alertness, morale and attendance. No fuss or worry about getting your water supply, nor forking out hundreds of thousands to supply your students with clean and safe water.
This requirement is understandably much, much smaller. Whereas you needed 250 litres per day to service the student complement at a school, your staff complement is on average 50 – 100 at most. If each staff member helped themselves to 500 ml of water per day, you could comfortable install a floor standing or table-top water cooler in your staff room for them to help themselves to. Two to three 20 litre bottles per day can be easily tailored in suppliers contract to subsidize your rental fee’s – and gives you the guarantee of premium quality water for your staff. This may have the knock-on effect of alleviating other costs – such as kettles and urns – if you opt for the water cooler option containing hot and cold dispensing taps.
In conclusion, schools are a tricky case to crack. Hybrid solutions (having both a plumbed-in solution for larger requirements, and bottled water free-standing water coolers for the smaller requirements) may be your best option.
In my opinion – providing clean and safe water is no longer a consideration, but a necessity.
Any water is better than no water – but chilled and purified water is better than anything else.
Feel free to contact us to tailor a hybrid solution for your school now!
So often, we only think of water usage in terms of how much we drink, how much we use in the shower or how much we use to water our gardens.
Sometimes we need a subtle reminder that we need water to produce every single consumable item you can imagine. Have a look at how much water is needed to produce some of our favoruite things!
Source: FAO Water
Water is the most basic – and at the same time – most complex substance on earth. It’s clear, it’s a liquid and it’s not only good for you – but essential for life. Who ever knew there would be so much terminology around it! We’re here to help you decipher it all
H2O: water consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.
Hard Water: water containing a high amount of minerals.
Soft Water: water that is free from dissolved salts of such metals as calcium, iron, or magnesium, which form insoluble deposits such as appear as scale in boilers or soap curds in bathtubs and laundry equipment.
Turbidity: the level of clarity of the water; fine sediment affects the clarity or turbidity of the water. High turbidity is often referred to as “murky” water.
Salination: saline is the fancy name for salt. Salinating water simply means the addition of salt to the water.
Desalination: A purification process in which salt is removed from the water.
pH: Potential Hydrogen. The acidity and alkalinity indicator of water. PH of 7 is pure water; lower than 7 is acidic and higher than 7 is alkaline.
Condensation: water which collects as droplets on a cold surface when humid air is in contact with it.
Effluent: water that flows from a sewage treatment plant after it has been treated.
Evaporation: the process of liquid water becoming water vaporised.
Grey Water: waste-water from washing machines, showers, baths, hand washing, toilets and sinks.
TDS: Total Dissolved Solids – is a measure of the combined content of all inorganic and organic substances contained in a liquid.
Municipal Water System: A water system that has at least five service connections or which regularly serves 25 individuals for 60 days; also called a public water system.
Osmosis: the movement of water molecules through a thin membrane.
Reverse Osmosis: The process of removing salts and unwanted bodies from water using a membrane.
Reclaimed Waste-water: Treatment plant effluent that has been diverted for alternative beneficial uses.
Recycled water: water that is used more than one time before it passes back into the natural hydrologic system.
Self-supplied water: water withdrawn from a surface- or groundwater source by a user rather than being obtained from a public supply. Example: getting water from a well.
Water Year; a continuous 12-month period selected to present data relative to hydrologic or meteorological phenomena.
Not all of these terms are used in our daily interactions, but it’s always good to be ahead of the game.
Do you have any of your own, self-made water terms? Feel free to share!
Since when are there different types of water – water is water – right?! It’s actually the complete opposite. The variety of water available on the market now spans more than the imagination can hold. From flavoured, to Vitamin-infused water – all the way through to water containing flavour bubbles (I’m on the fence about that one) – water is a never-ending story of change. However, we’re going to have a closer look at the different types of still, clean water there is out there and how each can benefit some aspect of your health. Just remember these two tips: Almost any type of filtered / purified water is better than tap water – and any water is better than no water!
This type of water has gained a snowballing-effect of popularity of late; it’s proving to be the most effective and least-chemical containing type of water purification systems out there. You can find an exceptionally detailed explanation of this process here – but in short – Reverse Osmosis (R.O) is the separation of the two components of water itself. It is the splitting of the two Hydrogen and one Oxygen atoms. This is one of the healthiest ways to purify water – and only requires mineral re-injection to improve taste once it’s completed. Great type of product to look out for if you are health-conscious in terms of chemicals. This type of water can usually retail at a lower price in part due to the fact there is no expensive chemical purchase required – only an initial layout of costs on R.O machinery.
Distillationinvolves the boiling of water (an age old solution to removing bacteria and unwanted pathogens from water) and capturing the condensation from the steam it gives off. The condensation is what is used as the final product. This is also a relatively cheap method of water purification. If this is done on a large scale, there are usually further purification steps before this – to remove sediment and larger bodies that may be present in the water. However, doing this at home, you may want to perform some sort of hard filtration to further purify your water. The taste remains unaffected as there are no additives more removal of the taste-affecting components. Also a great option for those who try to avoid ingesting chemicals. Distilled water is usually suggested when using oxygen machines as it contains no chemicals or mineral deposits that may do harm to the machine, nor it’s user.
Freedrinkingwater.com elaborated on ionised water to a great extent. Ionisation, also known as Electrolysis occurs when both negatively and positively charged ions are added to the water by means of electrodes. Given that water naturally contains both negative and positive ions, the injection of extras will allow for other an increased or decreased pH of the water. While this process, by strict terms, is not a purification process as such, Wall Street Journal reports that “Chanson Water USA, a Laguna Hills, Calif., unit of Chanson Taiwan LLC, says on its website that its ionized water has smaller clusters of water molecules than ordinary water and these “microclusters” are better able to “penetrate into more places in the body.” This could allow for a major spin-off in health benefits – like increased energy and counteracting the effects of acidic substances in our bodies. So, if that is your priority, try some ionised water for a while.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that purified water and sterilised water are one in the same. Purified water is in fact water that has been filtered or processed, by means of mechanical assistance, to remove both physical bodies and invisible impurities to make it suitable for human consumption. It involves no chemical additives to prepare the water. R.O as listed above is one part of purifying water, and companies have vast an varied methods of purifying their own water. This is a great type of water to use for babies and the elderly – as there are no risky chemicals to worry about.
Sterilised water carries a broad meaning. Sterilisation can occur by means of chemical additives, heat treatment, high pressure sterilisation methods or filtration. The fact that it covers such a wide variety of allowed methods can be a factor you may want to consider further. Sterilisation, in all aspects, means the removal of unwanted bodies, like viruses, bacteria, fungus, spores etc. from the water, by a varied process. Be aware of water marked as “sterilised” – it may still contain trace amounts of mercury and lead – elements which cannot be removed by the traditional methods associated with water sterilisation. For this reason, sterilised water normally undergoes further purification processes to better the quality of the end product.
Spring water is quite self-explanatory; it is water sourced directly from a naturally occurring, moving body of water – like springs. It can allude to a very pleasant mental image of water gushing out a sparkling spring in the middle of a forest; although his water is naturally and sustainable sourced, many companies bottle the water on site. This can lead to a lack of stringent purification and sterilisation measures – and some reports suggest that this water is not as pure as we initially thought.
Mineral water, quite simply put, is any type of water that has had mineral additives added to it, or retains the naturally occurring mineral salts it already contains.
Tap water, or municipally supplied water, ranks lowest on any trustworthy scale of water quality. It is pumped full of dangerous chemicals – to the point where the chemicals can be smelled and tasted in the water. It is never recommended to drink tap water; however, if this is your on and only source of water – drink it. Some water is better than no water, remember. If alternate water sources, like water coolers or bottled water are not available, opt for a cheaper home based water filtration system.
In all fairness, if you are drinking the right amount of water per day – it’s good enough. However, stepping up your game might have more of an impact on your life than you think.
Beatcancer.org also has a great article on water types and their various benefits.
Weigh up your options and try some alternative types of water – you might be pleasantly surprised
As if trying to maintain the recommended daily intake of water wasn’t hard enough, carrying a child and having more reason and need to get that water in can be very stressful to expectant Mom’s. We take you through some important do’s and dont’s when it comes to drinking water during pregnancy.
You should still be drinking between 2 – 3 litres of water per day while pregnant; if you do this normally, it could be recommended that you increase your water intake slightly for the duration of your maternity. It’s especially important during this time to avoid becoming dehydrated. Drinking sufficient water will help keep Urinary Tract Infections at bay – a common occurrence during gestation. Sufficient water intake will also help alleviate water retention and help to maintain healthy skin and organs – both for Mom and baby.
Babble.com published a eye-opening story of a mother who, in hopes of enjoying her family holiday more, skimped on her water intake. She began suffering what she thought were Braxton-Hicks contractions, all to find out that the pain she was experiencing was due to severe dehydration. Sufficient water intake can help improve and increase blood supply to your baby’s amniotic fluid, too. In the article on Babble.com, it is cited that “dehydration can promote the release of anti-diuretic hormones from the kidneys to preserve water excretion, which in turn promotes oxytocin, sometimes leading to premature contractions.” So, unless you don’t mind running the risk of premature contractions and find that swollen ankles really do suit you – keep up with the water intake. Your family will understand your frequent (and sometimes endless) trips to the bathroom, and respect you for looking after yourself and your unborn baby in what may be the hardest 9 months on a woman’s body.
Apart from keeping your skin and internal organs healthy and functioning optimally, water during pregnancy can assist with reducing water retention and keepingyour urinary tract healthy.
According to an article published on livestrong.com, water can even help alleviate cramps associated with a growing foetus – especially during your third trimester. Cramps directly correlate with dehydration – so by fixing the root cause you won’t need any symptomatic relief.
Sufficient water intake is essential in any adult’s life in aiding the relief (or avoidance) or constipation. You’re already exposed to a higher amount of discomfort during pregnancy – so eliminating the discomfort of constipation will just make it that little bit easier.
Headaches, fatigue and overheating can be combated with increased water intake. Come on – who wouldn’t want all these pregnancy-related issues cleared up just by drinking more water?
Firstly, stay away from unfiltered tap water. The amount of chemicals present in tap water is dangerous enough to non-pregnant adults as is, you really do not want to expose your unborn baby to that.
If you are someone who prefers a bit of lemon in your drinking water just to make it a bit more interesting to drink – go for it! Try not add lemon to each and every glass of water you drink as this may unnecessarily increase your acidity levels. Also, only use fresh lemons – not concentrated or bottled lemon juice. These can have harmful preservative lurking in them.
In overview – water is crucial every day – but tenfold more during pregnancy. It is necessary and highly beneficial and may help you overcome some of the most common issues associated with carrying a child. Besides, waking up in the middle of the night to use the ladies room will prepare you for those unpredictable 01:00 – 04:00 am feeds
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