Water Quality – What Exactly Is It?

Water Quality

We so often hear about the quality of water; whether it’s the “poor quality of drinking water”, or a “high quality Spring water” – it is very misleading. While one type of water might be considered high quality for one purpose, it may be considered sub-par for another.

Let’s understand the terminology:

Water has a certain “quality” because of the substances it contains – called constituents or impurities – and how suitable it is for a particular use.

For example:

1) Water that has dirt in it may be useful for watering a garden, but not suitable to ingest.

2) Drinking water (when used for heating) may cause a water heater to run inefficiently.

3) Water that is acceptable for running a water heater efficiently may not be of acceptable quality for power generation.

You cannot tell if water is high quality just by looking at it! You first need to understand its physical, chemical and biological composition before making an assessment.

These factors are varied: Depending upon the water source and the environment where the water is found.

Once you understand the nature of a water sample, you can treat it so that it has the correct quality for your intended use.

People have treated water since ancient times in order to use it – but as we have made advances in science and technology, we have developed treatment methods to take advantage of what we know about the composition, contaminants and uses for water.

Aquazania’s water is some of the purest water available; we strip down our water supply – municipal or other wise – to literally nothing but H2O. It undergoes a strenuous 9-stage purification process, to a point where we deem it necessary to re-add 3 key minerals (Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium) to enhance the flavour of the water.

Water quality might be relevant – but our water quality is guaranteed to be continually of the highest possible standard.

Source: Water Quality Association

It’s Crunch Time for Cape Town Water Abusers

It’s Crunch Time for Cape Town Water Abusers

A striking headline in BD Live caught the eye of many – on Thursday, 16th February – BDLive published an article on how “Cape Town water abusers to be publicly named and shamed from Monday”.

According to the article, ‘The identities of all customers who pay admission-of-guilt fines or who appear in court regarding contravention of level 3b water restrictions will be made public by the City of Cape Town’.

Excerpts from the article, centred around the gross misuse and abuse of dwindling and limited water resources in the City of Cape Town, indicate that the local government now needs to step in more than ever before.

From the article:

 

Residents of Pinelands whose water use is up to eight times higher than average got a knock on the door from an angry neighbour on Thursday.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille‚ who lives in the suburb‚ handed over letters to households which have recently consumed between 55 000 and 159 000 litres a month.

“I warned them to reduce their consumption immediately to around 20 000 litres per month or lower‚” said De Lille‚ who announced a new crackdown on water abusers starting on Monday‚ with city dam levels languishing at 36%.

“The identities of all customers who pay admission-of-guilt fines or who appear in court regarding contravention of level 3b water restrictions will be made public by the City of Cape Town‚” said De Lille.

“The city will also publish the lists of fines issued in various areas where contraventions take place‚ including street names but without street numbers.

“Similarly‚ street names of the top 100 highest consumers for each category of domestic‚ commercial‚ and government user who are under investigation for contravening the water restrictions will be published‚ along with the water meter reading.”

De Lille said her deputy‚ Ian Neilson‚ was dealing with industrial consumers who were using too much water. – TMG Digital/The Times

 

Source credit: businesslive.co.za

How To Motivate Your Office Manager To Get A Water Cooler

How To Motivate Your Office Manager To Get A Water Cooler

You’ve been back at the office for over a month already after those wonderful December holidays, but something is amiss.

After scouring the office, you notice that there isn’t watercooler anymore. Or, if you’re really not lucky – you never had a watercooler in the office to start with.

Before you go on a rampage and call your manager, here are a few points you can use to motivate management to buy water cooler for the office!

Health Benefits of a Water Cooler in the Office

Little needs to be said about the health advantages of drinking purified water from a sublime watercooler dispenser such as Aquazania’s Bottled Watercooler range. 70% of the human body consists of water, thus it carries nutrients and oxygen through the bloodstream to keep away toxins from your organs and tissues.

Productivity

As mentioned earlier, the majority of a human body consists of water. Having a water cooler at hand ensures that employees have access to pure, clean water which will help maintain their concentration – and subdue fatigue. Purified water contains minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium, essential items for your body to maintain functionality.

Stress Relief

When you install a water cooler in the office, you don’t only buy a machine that supplies you healthy, purified water; you’ve invested in a machine that can also offer stress relief. A watercooler supplies employees with purified water which regenerates energy levels, and also provides a place where employees can come to take a breather, a moment away from a difficult task to recollect their thoughts.

Employee Appreciation

Last, but certainly not least, is the employee appreciation factor. There aren’t many more efficient ways to show employee appreciation than looking out for your employee’s health. When installing  a watercooler, you invest in your employees, directly – and we all know an appreciated employee is a happy one.

How To Infuse Water Effectively

How To Infuse Water Effectively

Water Infusion is a trend we’ve seen rising in popularity vastly over the years – and for great reason. Not only does infused water contribute entirely to your daily water intake, increase your vitamin and mineral intake and make it taste delicious – but it brings all the flavour you need without the sugar or calories.

But what about when you get tired of sticking a slice of cucumber or lemon into the water?

Here are a few alternative ways of infusing flavours into your daily water:

1) Add fruit slices (especially citrus) into your water. This is probably the method you’ve been using all along. It’s the easiest and quickest way to add flavour and “voomah” to your water.

2) Juice infusion. Instead of slicing up a lemon or lime for your water, try to squeeze some of the juice out into your water.

3) Make a slushy. Freeze your purified water into cubes, cut up some lemon and lime (or strawberries and watermelon) and add one cup of sliced fruit for every 2 litres of water used. Jam those all into blender, let it make them slushy and sit back and enjoy your refreshing, cooling drink.

4) Use tea bags. The benefits of green tea are annihilated when you add water above 80°C to it, so why not add 4 green-tea teabags to your pitcher of water (room temperature, anything lower and the tea won’t infuse) and allowing that to diffuse and make flavour-filled iced tea overnight? Allowing it to steep for 24 hours allows for maximum flavour.

5) Flavour your ice cubes. This is an especially good idea when it comes to adding flavour to carbonated water. Using a blender, add all your fruit flavourings together, without diluting them in water, and pour them into an ice tray. Let these set and add flavour to your water on-the-go.

6) Lastly, if you’re not a fan of having fruit cells, whole fruits or herbs floating in your water – invest in a cheap water-infusion basket. Basically, you add all your ingredients into this basket, toss it into the water and allow it to infuse for 24 hours. Remove the infusion basket and you have all the flavour without the annoying bits.

 

How Long is My Sparkling Water Safe To Drink Once Opened?

How Long is My Sparkling Water Safe To Drink Once Opened?

It’s hard to admit sometimes, but I’m sure we can all relate; you’ve opened a bottle of sparkling water, enjoyed a sip or two and then kinda, maybe forgotten about it. Then, a few days later we’re parched and reach for that bottle, only to have immediate doubt planted in our minds whether that water is going to make us sick or if we’ll survive.

Does Sparkling Water Go Off Once I Have Opened It?

So we already know that water doesn’t “go off”. That is essentially the same with sparkling or still water – with the exception of water which has had added preservatives and flavourants.

Knowing how carbonated soft drinks react once opened, we would assume the same for bottled sparkling water – but it is not the case.

See, if you used tap water and added it to a carbonating device at home – you already have compromised water quality. The water will not improve in taste or quality when it is left to stand, especially not when it is in a plastic bottle. Left in a glass, the carbon will simply escape faster, and the open surface area becomes accessible to dust, germs and contaminants.

However, if you’ve opened up a bottle of purified sparkling water, had a few sips and returned it to the fridge, it’s going to be just as good as it was until the carbon has escaped. The flavour profile might be different because of this, but it is still safe. Some may argue that the carbon gives the water a more acidic profile, and thus makes it harder to harbour harmful contaminants, but there have been no tests to prove or disprove this as yet.

Simply put, if the quality of your sparkling water was superior prior to you opening the bottle, the quality should not be compromised.

Aquazania Water Coolers: Here’s Our Range

Aqua Coolers: Here’s Our Range

Are you on the lookout for your next water cooler or water dispenser uni, but find yourself overwhelmed by the range of products available on the market?
Big, small, bottled and bottleless -all these units to choose from and you have no idea how to relate value to the Aqua Cooler price.

Before you decide on which water dispenser to choose, look at Aquazania’s range of Aqua Coolers. Aquazania has several types of Aqua Coolers and we will explain each one along with their specific use.

Aqua Cooler Floor Standing

The Aquazania Floor Standing unit is ideal for office and home use. Available in both stylish grey and white colours, it blends with its surroundings to become a sleek and stylish part of the decor. Look at these premium features found on the Floor Standing unit:

  • Keeps Aquazania Premium Water supply completely sterile, fresh and cool
  • Optional hot water feature available with child-safe tap
  • Stainless steel (non-plastic) reservoirs preserve the pure taste of your Aquazania premium purified water
  • Hygienic, non-drip, easy-to-operate nano silver impregnated ABS plastic and silicone taps
  • Factory set thermostats with dual fail-safe temperature cut-outs
  • Innovative design and industry leading engineering
  • Environmentally friendly cooling system; no disposable plastic components
  • Free servicing to ensure optial hygiene and performance*
  • Unique, non-reusable, hygienic sealing cap on all Aquazania PET bottles

Aqua Cooler Desktop

As with the Floor Standing unit, the Aqua Cooler Desktop version comes with the same premium features – but in a compact size. By fitting all those premium features into smaller unit, Aquazania enables you to have a supply of pure, premium water right on your desktop. Here are a few of its premium features:

  • Keeps Aquazania Premium Water supply completely sterile, fresh and cool
  • Optional hot water feature available with child-safe tap
  • Stainless steel (non-plastic) reservoirs preserve the pure taste of your Aquazania
  • Hygienic, non-drip, easy-to-operate nano silver impregnated abs plastic and silicone taps
  • Factory set thermostats with dual fail-safe temperature cut-outs
  • Innovative design and leading edge engineering
  • Environmentally friendly cooling system; no disposable plastic components
  • Free servicing to ensure optial hygiene and performance*
  • Unique, non-reusable, hygienic sealing cap on all AQUAZANIA bottles

Aquazanaia AQA Range

Aquazania also features a range of some of the most stylish bottleless Aqua Coolers South Africa has ever seen.

  • AQA plumbed-in (bottleless) solutions allow you the flexibility of having filtered water on tap, without needing the storage space associated with the large Aquazania bottles.
  • Some of our units include the option of having a gas cylinder fitted, enabling customers to have sparkling water on tap.
  • Sleek and modern designs mean that this type of machine fits into your modern decor setup.
  • Direct cooling means there is no waiting time for water reservoirs to fill up.

You can view the complete range on the Aquazania website www.aquazania.co.za.

 

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