The History of the Water Cooler

The water cooler is a staple in office environments. It is a place where employees gather, not only to rehydrate, but to network, catch up on daily news, gossip and to discuss last night’s episode of Idols. Water coolers are used on a daily basis, but how often have you walked past a water machine for sale and wondered how exactly it works.

During the 1900’s, long before the invention of water purification systems, taps only provided room temperature water. This lead to safer drinking water becoming a concern in order to reduce diseases such as typhoid.

In 1906, after being urged to find ways to reduce water related illnesses after the death of his father to typhoid, Luther Haws partnered up with Hasley Willard Taylor and together they invented a drinking water fountain.

It was later discovered that the micro-organisms, which caused bacteria and disease, could not survive under cooler temperatures, which meant cooler water was safer to drink. Originally large blocks of ice where used to chill water, but, as technology became more advanced, so did water coolers. Today you’ll find various coolers available, including a water machine for office use and also home use.

How your water machine works

When you push the nozzle on your cooler, water from the bottle above is poured into a reservoir where it is cooled using refrigerant gas. The gas is stored and circulated in pressurized pipes surrounding the reservoir, which cools the water instantly before it reaches your glass.

Some water machines also include heating elements to provide instant hot water. These elements work very much like that of your standard kettle, where a compact coil heats up the water reservoir. As it is much smaller than a standard kettle element, constant low voltage power supply means the element is always kept warm and on standby for your next cup of joe.

There are a wide variety of modern and stylish water coolers on the market. By contacting the experts, you will find a water machine price that best suits your budget. You can also consider looking at a water machine rental option as well. For more information and professional advice, contact Aquazania.

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Remain Hydrated with a Water Cooler During a Heatwave

Summer has only just begun and already South Africans are feeling the heat. If this is a sign of things to come, then make sure you acquaint yourself with a water cooler as we can probably expect soaring temperatures in the months ahead.

Unfortunately, another burning issue has emerged with the hot weather – water restrictions. And while people are being reminded to cut down on their water usage, it is important that you don’t neglect your health and remember to stay hydrated at all times. By investing in a water cooler dispenser, you will have cool water to drink whenever you are thirsty.

Water coolers are becoming increasingly popular, not only in the workplace but in homes as well. If you are looking for a reasonable water cooler price, then you first need to find a well-known supplier who will be able to assist you and be able to provide you with all the information you need. If you are unsure about a making a long term commitment, you can also look at water cooler rentals as well.

Health benefits of water

Aside from being refreshing, water has a range of health benefits as well. Some of these benefits include:

  • Regulates your body temperature.
  • Removes waste and toxins from the body.
  • Provides cushioning for your joints.
  • Protects and cushions your organs.
  • Makes up 83% of your blood.
  • Helps you to lose weight.
  • Helps maintain healthy skin.
  • Good for your overall kidney health.
  • Helps fight off colds and flu.

For additional health benefits, you can also add lemon to your glass of water. Lemon infused water is high in vitamin C and will boost your immune system.

Fruits and vegetable with high water content

Aside from drinking water, there are other healthy ways which will help keep you hydrated, like eating fruit and vegetables with a high water content. Some of these include:

  • Watermelon
  • Grape fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Squash

For more information on water cooler dispensers and water cooler bottles, contact Aquazania.

No Other Liquids Except Water for 30 Days? Challenge Accepted!

Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge – how about ditching soda and other sugar-loaded drinks for pure, good old H20 this summer?

Yes, it’s not the easiest thing to do, but by drinking water and cutting out the damaging additives we find in certain soft drinks, it can (and will most likely) have a huge impact on your life and well-being. In fact, you might even find that you won’t ever look back.

Do you want to know how this challenge could turn your life (and your health) around? Just take a look at the following factors:

Metabolic Kickstart

It’s not rocket science to understand that if you cut back on your calorie intake you’re bound to see and feel tangible results. In addition to this, there’s the added advantage of increasing your water intake which has a myriad of positive knock-on effects, including an increased metabolic rate. The quicker your metabolism processes food and drinks, the easier it will be to shed a few kilos. This is just one of the many benefits to drinking water.

Weight Loss

This is the immediate knock-on effect of sufficient hydration and increased water intake. You might notice a bit of water retention, especially in the first week or so, which many of us mistake for weight gain. Just be patient and allow the retention to subside, and you’ll start shedding some kilos.

Immune Booster

Though we think the change of season and winter itself is the harbinger of the dreaded flu virus, it’s actually also a lack of water that makes us susceptible to infections. Our bodies are comprised mainly of water – over 70% in fact, and when we deprive our cells of water, they become weak. When increasing your intake, your immune system becomes stronger. Adding a slice of lemon (extra vitamin C) also helps.

Aesthetic Benefits

Water does not get nearly enough credit for adding to a more beautiful and healthy appearance. Going back to the basics of our cells needing water, it makes complete sense that our skin would benefit immediately by plumping out the collagen cells. Believe it or not, more water actually helps to slow down the ageing process.

Mental Alertness

We might think that coffee helps give us the edge to get through the day, but it’s actually just providing us with a temporary caffeine buzz. Mental sharpness depends largely on the brain, which, you guessed it – is comprised mainly of water.

When we get sufficient H20, the brain is able to react faster for two reasons. The first, as just mentioned, is that water is necessary for the soft tissue to thrive, and secondly, the added oxygen in the water allows for us to concentrate for extended periods of time.

See how many health benefits come from only drinking water. Have you taken up the water challenge? Let us know how it has worked for you.

Water Restrictions Implemented as Consumers Are Warned to Cut Down On Their Usage

We have known for a long time that the weatherman is not always reliable when it comes to predicting rain and sunshine. There have been occasions when we have been promised sunny weather with no clouds in sight only to have our afternoon braai washed away in a massive thunderstorm.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much rainfall in South Africa in recent months. And, although our country is prone to dry spells, in the past we have somehow been able to mitigate the hugely disastrous effects of not having sufficient water during dry periods.

However, according to recent media reports, the Vaal River levels have dropped to below 60% and as a result, Level 2 water restrictions have been put in place. There have also been serious warnings that if residents don’t reduce water consumption by 15%, they could face water outages and the threat of Level 3 restrictions being implemented.

Water restrictions

These are some of the water restrictions which are currently in place. Residents who do not adhere to these will face being fined.

  • Residents are not allowed to use hosepipes to water their gardens. They can use buckets and watering cans but not between 06:00 and 18:00.
  • Residents must not use hosepipes to clean their driveways and patios.
  • Residents are not allowed to fill their swimming pools.

The ongoing drought and the incredibly high temperatures are being blamed for the current water crisis. However, are these the only reasons or are there other contributing factors? In this regard, there are some other tough questions we need to ask. Are we also responsible for wasting this precious natural resource? Do we have the sufficient infrastructure to properly maintain our dwindling water supply?

What are your thoughts on this matter?

Tips On How to Save Water as Restrictions Are Put in Place

Even though there have not been frequent reports in the news over the last few months regarding the drought in South Africa, the country is still facing a water crisis and is dealing with significantly lower water levels. The situation is serious and, as a result, water restrictions have been put in place. Gauteng residents who are caught ignoring the water restrictions will face severe penalties.

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As a result of the restrictions, South Africans are being urged to try and save as much water as possible. Here are some water saving tips to keep in mind when you are going about your daily tasks:

  • Turn off the tap while you are shaving, washing your hands or brushing your teeth.
  • Rather shower instead of bathing and even then, limit the amount of time you take to shower.
  • Install low flow showerheads.
  • Use the right amount of water when cooking and don’t over fill the pots.
  • Fix all leaking toilets and taps around your house.
  • Only flush the toilet if you need to.
  • Don’t fill your swimming pool.
  • Use grey water (water from the sink, bath, washing machine and other appliances) to water your garden.
  • Where possible, use cooled water from cooking to water houseplants.
  • Water your garden and plants while temperatures are still cool. The ideal times are early in the morning or during the early evening. Don’t water in windy conditions either.
  • Remove alien plants, especially those which consume a lot of water, from your garden.
  • If it does rain, try collect as much water as you can which you can store and use to water your garden at a later date.
  • Only use your dishwasher and washing machine to clean full loads.
  • Sweep your driveway or patio instead of using a hosepipe to wash it down.
  • Don’t use a hosepipe to wash your car.

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