South Africa’s Water Quality On The Cards

South Africa’s Water Quality On The Cards

In a recent Business DayLive article, it has been reported that “underperforming municipalities’ licences could be revoked after a dramatic fall in water quality Blue Drop ratings”.

Of our nine provinces, six were found to be in contravention of the upholding of sufficient water quality between the period of 2012-2014. Of these six provinces, one had absolutely no system that was able to achieve the Blue Drop status.

Why is this statistic so frightening, you ask? In a country of over 50 million residents, the implication of two thirds of the country falling below acceptable drinking water quality levels means that there is a possibility that water mismanagement affects approximately 32 million residents within our borders.

While many municipalities have managed to remain under the radar in terms of penalties for insufficient water management, the spotlight is now being shone on them and far-reaching implications are now a reality.

Following in the footsteps of S.O.E. Eskom, a bite is now to follow the bark. Defaulting facilities face having their licenses revoked and re-distributed to more competent facilities, to run their water affairs.

The Blue Drop tool is intended to measure the quality of drinking water and legal compliance with requirements in providing water.

In an extract from the Business Day Live article, “the department’s director-general for policy and research, Anil Singh, said that while it would be difficult to manage plants on behalf of municipalities, the department had the authority to revoke council licences as a penalty. There are legal challenges to taking away the plants from municipalities, but we would apply our minds on how to resolve it. It is not acceptable to deny access to water.”

What are your thoughts on this – should government continue to penalise defaulting facilities – or hand them over to non-municipal entities to ensure safer access to water to locals?

Why You Should Drink Purified Water

Why You Should Drink Purified Water

Everyone knows that it’s impossible to survive without drinking water, it’s suggested that three days is the maximum time a human can go without drinking water. What is not so obvious is that drinking normal water can be harmful to you.

We are not talking about drinking water you find in an open source (such as a river) – but rather the normal tap water found in the average household. The water purification methods used to supply the average household is not of the best standard, and the water purification process is in place to supply quantity instead of quality.

Let’s look at a few reasons why normal tap water can be considered worse than H2O that has undergone a water purification process.

Added Chemicals

The water purification methods used to supply homes with tap water can contribute to some illnesses. This is because the water purification process involves adding chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride. With more people gaining access to regional water supply, the demand for water purification has increased. This has left national water purification agents under pressure to supply the high demand by focussing on quantity over the quality of water.

Aged Pipelines

One thing is for sure, each time your local municipality works on fixing a water supply pipe leakage, the water coming from your tap afterwards will initially be grimy. This is due to the build-up of grime in the pipes over time. This grime filters through to your water on a molecular level each time you run the tap.

Knowing this, it’s best you think of the positives of purified water the next time you want to have a refreshing drink. With most water purification companies going the extra mile to ensure their products are pure, like Aquazania PURE Water, the safer bet on your health is definitely purified bottled water.

Here’s why you should consider Aquazania PURE Water

Aquazania PURE Water is purer than an underground mountain spring and cleaner than snow. Each and every molecule of Aquazania goes through a complex 9 step purification and filtration process. It is sterilised using activated oxygen. No chemicals are added ensuring every drop has that same great Aquazania PURE Water taste.

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Why Does Water Come Out my Tap Cloudy At First?

Why Does Water Come Out my Tap Cloudy At First?

If you are reading this, we really hope that you don’t make a habit of regularly drinking tap water. Not because we have anything against free water, but the compromised quality of our municipal supply is always going to be under scrutiny.

That aside – have you ever opened your tap, filled a glass of water and watched that water turn from a cloudy, almost milky substance into a slightly clearer version of itself?

This could be because of a few major reasons.

Firstly, to address what you’re probably thinking right now – this is usually not an overload of chemicals present in the water. Chemicals are usually added in controlled amounts, and even if there was a higher dosage added (of any chemical) – it wouldn’t be prevalent and detectable by sight. Chemicals can be smelled and tasted more than seen, so don’t panic about that.

The real reasons for murky tap water can be any of the following:

If your water supply has recently been cut or interrupted, it is possible some residual sediment in the pipes has unfortunately made it’s way into your taps. Let the tap run for a minute (at low pressure so as not to waste water) to allow the pipes to be cleared.

Another reason for cloudy water is that sometimes the pressure in the pipes (and our taps) is far higher than normal, and thus water is forced out with a lot of air present. These bubbles make the water seem cloudy in appearance, which explains why we see the cloudiness settling after a few minutes in the glass.

Also, with the recent nationwide attempt to save water, the pressure is already dropped and this may be another reason we have seen this of late (or maybe you’ve been drinking only Aquazania water, in which case, good for you!)

 

How do you deal with cloudy tap water?

Unique Ways To Increase Your Water Intake Without Trying

Unique Ways To Increase Your Water Intake Without Trying

  • Use a straw. The fancier, the better. It’s a novel way of making otherwise “bland” drinks seem more fun.

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  • Buy a fun water bottle. Chances are you’ll enjoy the novelty of it just as much as you would with a straw.

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  • Set a reminder every hour to drink a glass of water. In doing so, in your workday alone you’ll have met your daily quota.

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  • Add a dash of cordial, fruit (especially citrus, watermelon or strawberries) to make your water taste super delicious.

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  • Drink one glass or cup of water before each meal. The benefit of this specific “hack” is two-fold; you will feel fuller, eat less and help shed a few kilo’s. Also, hydrating before a meal ensures you don’t “forget” to drink your water!

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  • Drink a glass each time you go to the bathroom, but know where to draw the line. Remember, the more you drink, the more you’ll need to “go”, so keep it under control.

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  • Compete with a friend. Competition is one of the most fun ways to ensure you commit to a process. Eyes on the prize!

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  • Buy a 1.5 litre or 2 litre water carafe and make sure you finish it every day. Add another 500ml to one of your meals, and you’ll have met your 2 litre daily intake before you know it!

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  • For every two non-water drinks you have, have a glass of water. (P.S. – this helps a lot with hangovers, too.)

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  • Invest in a Water Cooler! Having water on tap 24/7 adds a level of convenience and surety that makes drinking water a lot easier. It’s delicious, too. 

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Water and Diabetes – Vital Condition Management

Water and Diabetes – Vital Condition Management

Diabetes has become a term we hear every day in all types of conversations, and is a condition many South Africans face – for a myriad of reasons. It is not a selective condition and nobody is immune to it.
Diabetes is no light matter, and management of this condition can be tricky and sometimes outright tiring. From limitations on food types, all the way through to monitoring affected areas of the body and experiencing that painful finger-prick to monitor your blood glucose levels – all form part of the daily routine for a Diabetic.

The two main types of Diabetes are Type 1 (insulin dependant Diabetes, commonly found in younger patients) and Type 2 Diabetes (insulin resistant Diabetes– commonplace in adults, but rapidly becoming more common in children.) While they may not always be equally as rigorous in terms of condition management, both types of Diabetes need to be closely monitored to keep us healthy and in-check.

It may seem insignificant, but water intake plays a vital role in Diabetes management – and is too often overlooked.

As a Diabetic, chances are one of the predominant and constant symptoms is thirst. The official scientific name for this is polydipsia – and the reason for this is that available glucose becomes hyper-concentrated (i.e. – does not dilute) in our bloodstream, and as such, our kidneys lose the ability to re-uptake (pull out) glucose from water. This means the glucose almost “sits in place” in the kidneys – which can lead to some very, very serious implications.

This is the dangerous part – the fact that you’re likely constantly thirsty – so you don’t know when you’re dehydrating! It has a severe knock-on effect; dehydration causes blood sugar levels – which are already elevated – to rise even quicker than before.

One thing to remember, going forward, is that by the time you feel thirsty – you are already dehydrated. It is not safe to keep overlooking this omnipresent side-effect – you need to drink more water. Plain and simple.

If you are already dehydrated, don’t overdo it when starting out. Gradually increase your water intake – and if needs be – add a little table salt (about a pinch) to a glass of water. Sipping on this will slowly replace lost electrolytes and help you get back to feeling okay again.

While I’m not saying you should start drinking 2 litres every day now – I am advocating that you start being vigilant of your daily water intake – and realise that this may be one the most important factors in managing this condition and keeping yourself healthy.

Tap water is not a recommended source for drinking water, even lesser so if it has not been filtered after coming out of your tap. The chemicals present in tap water supplies (locally) should be avoided wherever possible. Adding at least a glass or two of purified water, per day, to your daily liquid intake – can have tremendous and far-reaching benefits.

Aquazania water undergoes some of the most vigorous purification processes and ensure a quality, superior tasting product each and every time

Take advantage of a 7-day rental-free trial now on your favourite water cooler and see how your quality of life improves.

Five Jaw Dropping Facts about South Africa’s Water Crisis

Five Jaw Dropping Facts about South Africa’s Water Crisis

The December period offered South Africans some beautiful relief in the form of significant downpour throughout the country – which has subsequently allowed for a rise in the Vaal Dam to approximately 53%; in that very same breath – we’ve been advised that our drought-related woes are still an area of concern.

If you still believe it’s a lie to the masses, to make everyone conserve water without their being a need to – read on…

37% of our drinkable water is being lost, needlessly
South Africa is losing the equivalent of 4.3 million swimming pools of water a year because of leaky pipes and theft, The Sunday Times reported.

The water loss reportedly cost South Africa around R7.2bn a year.

It is predicted that South Africa’s water demand will outstrip its supply by 2030
The 2030 Water Resources Group, of which the Water Affairs department is a member, has calculated that, by 2030, the demand for water will exceed supply by 17%.

Water-shedding is a reality
This measure was introduced in late 2016 – before we saw any of the recent rainfall. South Africans would now need to learn to adapt to having limited supplies of water throughout the day, until the minimum saving of 15% per metropolitan was achieved. Ekurhuleni was off the target badly – having only saved close on 5% in the first month of implementation. We are no seeing reduced water pressure and a complete shut-off of water between (usually) 9pm-5am on a rotational basis between area’s.

Prices of basic food items are inflating

We have seen a close on 20% rise in the price of maize between May 2016 to where we are now;

Researchers working on the SPII Basic Needs Basket Project, which monitors the prices or cost of 39 goods and services each month countrywide, have found that the price of maize meal has shot up by 37% in urban areas in the Free State, 34% in North West and 29% in Gauteng. In rural areas, prices increased by 39% in the Free State and 25% in Gauteng.

The price of samp, SPII researchers found, increased by 41% and 38% in the Free State and North West’s urban areas, respectively.”

A report released by the UN’s food and nutrition working group last month found this drought – the country’s worst since 1992 – had caused a decline in maize production that had already led to an increase in food prices of 6.4%.

South Africa’s first maize production forecast estimates the 2015 harvest to be the worst in eight years,” it found.

The Crop Estimates Committee predicts this season’s harvest will be 9.84 million metric tons, the smallest since 2007.”

Less local equates to more imports which again equates to far, far higher prices.

The worst drought in over two decades

In May 2014, it was predicted that 2014 was set to be the biggest harvest since 1981. It was predicted that 13.5 million tons of maize would be harvested by end of the season. Well, 10 months later and the worst drought since 1992 we end up in a situation where we have to import maize due to the volatile climate we are experiencing now

The effects are far-reaching, disastrous and frightening.

Ready to shorten that shower and not fill the pool?

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Bottled Water Coolers VS Plumbed-In Water Coolers

Bottled Water Coolers VS Plumbed-In Water Coolers

It’s time to set the record straight between the main differences – advantages and disadvantages – between bottled water coolers and plumbed-in (or Point Of Use) water coolers.

Bottled Water Coolers

Aquazania Bottled Water Coolers make use of our 21.8 litre PET plastic water bottles, filled with multi-stage purified water, which are fitted to the machine and subsequently dispensed through both hot and cold taps located at the front of the water cooler.

The water is dispensed, firstly, into the two internally housed water tanks (one for the hot water and another for the cold water) – and from thereon further dispensed from the taps.

Bottled Water Cooler Solutions a great option to consider in the following circumstances:

– The volume of water you need daily makes financial and time-management sense. Bear in mind that the cost per bottle of water can become an uncontrolled expense if you are placing it in an open area, visited by hundreds or thousands of people. The water cooler also has a set amount of water it can chill / heat per hour – so if you have a constant stream of people in and out of the area in which your cooler is places, not everyone may be able to have piping hot or ice cold water when it’s their turn in line.

– You will not settle for anything less than premium, purified and exceptional-tasting water. If you are happy to guzzle tap water, then this is just going to be an unnecessary expense for you.

– Placement of the cooler should be in a clean and safe area, where no dust or dirt from surrounds is able to possibly settle on the machine or the bottled water.

Bottleless Water Coolers

Aquazania’s range of Plumbed-In units is expansive. Bottleless water coolers do not make use of our (or any other) bottled water, but instead, are plumbed directly into your water mains. These machines offer various levels of filtration – which is absolutely vital in our country – where the quality of tap water is compromised.

Bottleless Water Solutions are best suited in circumstances where:

– You are opting for quantity over quality. While each plumbed-in unit does have superior quality water filters, nothing will measure up to the taste offered by Aquazania bottled water.

– You are looking to serve a multitude of people in close time spans to one another. The great thing about not having a limitation by bottle size is that you have access to chilled or heated water in a much much larger capacity. For instance, a factory with 300 workers would find better use out of this than they would in having to wit for hot or cold water from a bottled water cooler.

– These machines offer one thing that bottled-water coolers do not; some of our plumbed-in units are capable of producing hot, cold and ambient temperature water – as well as carbonated water – something to consider if this is one of the things you want form your water cooler.

Either way, water solutions are becoming more of a necessity in our current water situation in South Africa. It boils down to a matter of taste, preference and what you want from your water solution.