Why Is Sugar Water Good for Shock?

Why Is Sugar Water Good for Shock?

Sugar water has been the go-to remedy for many a housewife in the event of a child falling, being stung by a bee or even getting a big fright. In the case of a traumatic event, many people often rush to prepare a glass of sugar water for the affected person in the hopes it will calm their nerves.

But does sugar water really work for shock – and how?

Is Sugar Water Good for Shock?

It is important that you combat the effects of shock before it sets in, as it can lead to fainting which potentially can cause injury if the individual falls in a bad way. At the same time it is simply unpleasant, making this one of the quickest and easiest ways to make an individual feel better and to comfort them.

So how do you go about treating shock? The first thing to do is to get the individual to sit down. This is very important as it prevents them from potentially falling and hurting themselves. At the same time you should get them to put their head between their knees if they feel very feint. This will help to get the blood to rush back to their brains which will prevent feinting. Meanwhile it is probably also wise to provide some kind of bag in case the individual needs to be sick, and to get them sat down outside where they can benefit from the fresh air.

At the same time it’s also important to give them something to drink, normally something warm with sugar – the latter helping to prevent shaking and increase blood sugar levels. A cup of tea or dissolved sugar in water then is great, and you should add two or three sugars to the tea even if they don’t normally drink sugar. Similarly it can be a good idea to try and replace the salt that they might have lost from sweating, and you can do this with a bag of crisps or something similar.

 

So while sugar is important in aiding the relief and preventing shock from setting in, it is only one aspect of treating it.

4 Easy Questions to Ask Your Water Supplier

4 Easy Questions to Ask Your Water Supplier

Choosing a water supplier – whether you require solution where pre-bottled water is delivered, or you require in-house water treatment – can be a difficult task. Almost all suppliers will “blow their own horn”, boast that their product is superior, has the best pricing in the market- yadda yadda yadda.

Here are four sure fire ways to ensure you are making the best possible choice when deciding on who will supply you with your drinking water!

Choosing a Water Supplier

How long has the water supplier been in business? As humans, we are intrinsically conditioned to have automatic trust in longer standing brands. If your company has been around and stood the test of time, they will surely be able to provide you with the level of service you would expect.

Has the company recommended multiple, varied options on what type of water solution might suit you best – or are they punting a one-trick-pony solution in the hopes it will work for you? A water supplier worth their salt will have numerous water supply options, and should consult with you to determine your needs, your situation and the best suited solution for YOU.

Will your supplier be installing and servicing the device? Is this service free – and if not – have ALL costs been explained to you upfront? The last thing you want is a nasty surprise – so make sure that if they guarantee weekly, monthly or annual services and maintenance that they stick to it.

Is your supplier a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist – or do you have any WQA-related endorsements? If they do, this is an unspoken mark of quality – as the supplier would have to adhere to very strict guidelines as set out by the WQA. If they are not, don’t be disheartened. Look for any other quality-association affiliations they might hold, and see whether they have had any other previous endorsements.

Once you’ve determined the answers to all of these questions, you will have a much clearer understanding of how the supplier will suit your own personal needs.

 

What Causes Limescale?

What Causes Limescale?

Limescale is the chalky off-white crust that lurks inside your kettle and boiler and stains your surfaces. Scientifically speaking, limescale is a deposit of calcium carbonate and a residue left behind by hard water. What is hard water then? Hard water is water that contains a higher concentration of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium.  When the water evaporates, it leaves behind calcium carbonate deposits. These limescale deposits therefore build up on any surfaces that hard water is in contact with and can accumulate quickly. Unfortunately, limescale loves to stick to limescale – meaning the more limescale you have, the more you will build up -and these deposits are tough to get rid of as well as being unsightly.

The most common areas you can expect to find limescale are your toilet,  bathroom taps, tile and sink, inside your shower (which will show as that white-ish substance against your shower doors), and of course your bathroom pipes.

In the kitchen, the most commonly affected areas are your kettle, coffee machines, washing machines, dishwashers, taps, tiles, inside your pots and pans 9if they are not sufficiently scrubbed after each use and also general work surfaces (like behind the taps at your kitchen sink).

Why Is Limescale Dangerous?

Limescale will often cover taps, sinks and hard surfaces with an ugly layer of off-white substance that is tough to remove.

Finding these flakes floating in your tea and coffee – especially in a restaurant or café can spell disaster, but your kettle suffers most visibly from limescale deposits and will need to be replaced regularly.

It is the hidden damage that is the most worrying and potentially damaging for homeowners.

Hard water poses the biggest issue when heated or left to stand.  When hard water evaporates, the minerals left behind soon solidify becoming limescale. Build-ups can occur in domestic plumbing systems. As limescale deposits inside central heating pipes accumulate, they can restrict the flow of water or even causing a blockage.

Just like with your kettle, limescale is hardening around components in your washing machine and dishwasher. Not only does this make your appliances less energy-efficient and more costly, it is also damaging to the environment. Heating elements covered in limescale make them significantly less efficient which can have an impact on your heating bills.

h/t to purewateruk for the information sourced!

 

How to Get Rid of Limescale?

The first solution is to make use of purified water for all your appliance which are not plumbed-in; this eliminates the presence of limescale causing substances even being present -0 but obviously this solution will not cover your appliances making use of tap water – such as dishwashers and washing machines.

 

How Do I Remove Limescale from Household Appliances?

For kettles and coffee-machines:

  • Mix up a water-vinegar solution or buy a de-scaling agent and fill the water tank to capacity
  • Switch the appliance on and let the mixture boil, then leave it to soak overnight
  • In the morning, empty the mixture out and rinse thoroughly
  • You may need to run coffee machines a couple of times with clean water to get rid of any residual solution

For washing machines and dishwashers:

  • Fill a cup with your chosen removal agent and pour into the dispensing drawer where you would normally place the detergent; for dishwashers, place this in the base of the machine
  • Run a standard cycle – empty, of course – and the job is done

 

How Do I Remove Limescale from Taps?

Ridding your bathroom or kitchen taps of limescale can be especially difficult, because the minerals like to lurk in all sorts of awkward places. However, there are a few simple tricks you can employ:

  • Using the best limescale remover you can find, soak some cotton wool or an old cloth in the liquid and wrap around the tap, trying to get all of the metal in contact with the removing agent.
  • For the spout itself, try filling a small cup with the cleaning solution, submerge the spout in the cup, and wrap a towel around the whole combination, so that it stays in place.
  • Leave to the tap to soak in the limescale remover for up to an hour and most of it should dissolve.
  • Tackle stubborn areas afterwards with a gentle scourer.

How Do I Remove Limescale from Baths?

  • Limescale builds up in two main places in baths: just behind the tap – particularly if it is prone to dripping – and in the corners of the bath where water can pool. Here’s some helpful advice:
  • Neat vinegar can be effective in removing limescale in the bathroom, but you should exercise caution on old enamel baths and sinks, as the surface can be damaged by the acid.
  • Only apply vinegar to the affected area, scrub, and wash with a spray cleaner afterwards. Alternatively, play it safe and buy a limescale product designed for your type of bathroom fixtures.

How Do I Remove Limescale from the Toilet?

Removing scaly deposits in the toilet bowl and underneath the rim can be tough and may require different tactics:

 

  • Use a stronger limescale remover – either a gel cleaner or bleach manufactured specifically for the toilet – and apply it as close as you can to the water deposits, squirting upwards under the rim and into the bowl as well. Domestos Zero Limescale is a good choice.
  • Leave it to soak for at least half an hour before flushing.
  • You can also try rubbing a pumice stone on heavier build-ups.
  • If you’re still finding you have limescale stains, purchase a heavy-duty powder cleaner containing compounds like trisodium phosphate or borax. These can either be measured into the bowl or applied directly to the problem areas.

Remember to use all products substances with care, wearing appropriate eye protection and gloves at all times. Never mix cleaning products.

Soaking will make limescale removal easy: the longer you can leave a removal agent to work its magic, the easier it will be on your arm muscles! Making limescale removal part of your regular cleaning routine will also save you a lot of hard graft in the long-run, so it’s worth tackling as often as you can.

 

h/t to cleanipedia for this info!

 

How Do Plumbed in Water Coolers Work?

How Do Plumbed in Water Coolers  Work?

We’ve previously discussed the differences between a Point of Use water Cooler vs a Point of Entry Water Cooler . A Point of Use or plumbed-in water cooler is a type of water delivery system that is fitted to your existing water infrastructure – at your home or in your office- which filters the water as it is dispensed. These types of machine are available in variants which can deliver hot, cold, ambient and sparkling water – depending on the type of machine you choose.

But how exactly does such small machine deliver so much water, in so many variants?

How Does a Plumbed in Water Cooler Filter Water?

Aquazania’s range of plumbed-in water coolers (LINK) house sophisticated internal water filters, which turn water from the source into great-tasting, purified water ready to drink in a few seconds.  Our premium water filters reduce the taste and odour of chlorine – present in almost all municipal water supplies.

These filters also remove TTHM (Trihalomethanes are a group of four chemicals that are formed along with other disinfection by-products when chlorine or other disinfectants used to control microbial contaminants in drinking water react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter in water.) Furthermore, they remove lead, sediment, cysts, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, fluoride, radium, selenium, turbidity (murkiness of the water), dissolved solids, mercury, asbestos, chloramine and Volatile Organic Compounds.

Once you have selected the type of water you would like to dispense, your internal filter rapidly and thoroughly filters through each and every one of these contaminants. This is the reason why the dispensing times of plumbed-in water coolers sometimes take a little longer than the typical bottled water cooler system – given the amount of work that needs to be done before the water can be dispensed.

 

How Does a Plumbed in Water Cooler Carbonate My Water?

Some modern plumbed-in water coolers now offer the option to have sparkling, purified water on tap. The same method to dispense ambient water is used in this instance – with the exception of one additional step. Once the water has been filtered through the internal filter cartridge, it will be carbonated by another internally housed carbonating cartridge.

The reason he water is only carbonated after filtration is to prevent damage to the filtration system,, and to ensure the carbonation does not interfere with the purification process.
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Purified Water Machine: How Does Your Water Cooler Stay Sterile?

Purified Water Machine: How Does Your Water Cooler Stay Sterile?

Buying or renting a water cooler machine is the best solution for anyone wanting only the best, safest and cleanest water in their home or offices. Have you ever wondered how exactly your water cooler stays sterile inside, allowing you to continue drinking uncontaminated and safe water?
We’ve broken down the secret process behind the Aquacooler – supplied by Aquazania – to keeping your machine in pristine condition:

How Does My Water Cooler Stay Sterile Inside?

Firstly, our modern Aquacoolers are fitted with an internal air filtration system. This system prevents bacteria from entering your machine – negating the possibility of contaminated water, or the infiltration of unwanted contaminants into the machine itself. This system also allows for the preservation of our famous purified water – giving you the best possible taste without any unwanted odours either.

All our water bottles use a unique, single-use bottle cap; this means that from when your water comes off our production line, until it is inserted into your water cooler, there is no possibility of anything making its way into the bottle, or into the machine once the bottled is replaced.

The water reservoirs housed within the cooler – for both the hot and cold water – is made from food-grade stainless steel. This material is one of the most resistant to the growth of bacteria.

Lastly, the taps located at the front of your water cooler are nano-silver impregnated; nano-silver is gaining notoriety for preventing any type of microbial growth, and this technology is being employed in all types of household equipment – such as water coolers, refrigerators and even washing machines.

Combining all of these measures, your water cooler is not only pro-active in resisting bacterial growth, but also in preserving the taste and quality of your water.

Do I Need to Service my Water Cooler?

Strictly speaking, your Aquacooler should not require a flush or service for the duration of its use. The only time a cooler may be at risk for becoming contaminated is if the cooler is left standing without a water bottle. The area into which your water bottle fits leads directly to the reservoirs and inner workings of the machine – so if it is left standing in a dirty environment, or has had a substance spilled into it – a flush and service may be required to remove said substances.

Another aspect that mitigates the need for flushing of your Aquacooler is that the water being fed into it is free of deposit-building minerals and other contaminants.

Ensuring you wipe down the taps with nothing other than a clean cloth ensures no funny odours or tastes will be present in your water.

If however you use a cloth that is directly, carries odour or has a chemical added to it to clean the taps – you may be inadvertently transferring those contaminants to your taps. A quick home flush (holding down each tap for a minute after wiping them down with a clean cloth that has been rinsed with piping hot water) should do the trick to flushing the taps of your Aquacooler.

 

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Reverse Osmosis vs Filtration: Which is the Best of these Water Purification Methods?

Reverse Osmosis vs Filtration: Which is the Best of these Water Purification Methods?

Water purification comes in many methods; some are more effective than others – but when it comes to the capability of these methods to perform different aspects of water purification – we can see which is superior and which of them we might want to employ – based off the type of water requiring purification.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse Osmosis is a technology that is used to remove a large majority of contaminants from water by pushing the water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane.

Reverse Osmosis – or “RO” systems remove pollutants from water – including nitrates, pesticides, sulphates, fluoride, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, arsenic and much more. An RO systems’ carbon filter will also remove chlorine and chloramines.

This type of water purification method improves the taste of the water, removes odours and enhances the appearance of water by removing contaminants that cause taste and odour problems.

When would reverse osmosis work best? In environments where your water source contains contaminants such as fluoride and bacteria (i.e. – most municipal water supplies) where your main objective is to remove major and minor contaminants and improve the taste of your water- this may be a viable option for you.

What is Water Filtration?

Water filtration acts to remove unwanted deposits in your water that you can see; a filtration system will work to remove the particles and improve the quality of your water. Removal of substances such as sediment is the main feature of a water filtration system. It will not remove bacterial and microbial contaminants, nor will it improve the taste of your water.

This type of water filtration system may be viable as a first step in a multi-stage filtration process  – followed by further purification processes such as Reverse Osmosis. If the water requiring purification is from a reliable and safe source, but only requires sediment filtration – then filters should be able to provide the solution.

While most households receive a municipal water supply deemed drinkable, it’s important to remember that municipal water supplies are purified with quantity as a priority, as opposed to quality.  Our household water supplies are full of unwanted chemicals, fluoride and chlorine – all necessary for the mass supply required by the heavy demand for consumers. This type of water is suitable for washing clothes. Flushing toilets and maintaining daily necessities within the household, but in terms of safe drinking water – it is considered good practice to allow your tap water to undergo at least one type of purification method before consumption.

At Aquazania, we proudly place our water under a rigorous 9-step filtration system, starting with the removal of sediment, a Reverse Osmosis process and Ozone Sterilisation among others. For the best tasting, purest water around – your best bet is to try our premium purified water. Click here to get in touch today!

What Makes Aquazania’s Purified Water and Water Coolers Different?

What Makes Aquazania’s Purified Water and Water Coolers Different?

Every brand has its own unique features and specialities, all of which are usually what sets them apart from competitors.

Our Floor Standing Aquazania Bottled Water Solution has been around for in excess of 18 years; the product itself – our Premium Purified Water undergoes some of the most rigorous purification methods around. Each and every molecule of Aquazania’s water goes through a 9-step purification and filtration process. (LINK) It is then sterilised using oxygen – no chemicals are added at any point!

Both variants of our famous bottled water coolers have stand-out features that will set them apart from the rest, and these include:

 

  • We manufacture our very own PET plastic bottles
  • These bottles are the largest in the industry; our closest alternate bottle size is 27 cups smaller!
  • Our water coolers boast an air-filtration system, which prevents bacteria and other contaminants from entering the bottle. It further preserves our famous tasting water, and does not allow smells to leach into the water either.
  • We make use of unique, single-use bottle caps to seal and secure each bottle (LINK)
  • Ur machines feature both hot water and chilled water functionality; the hot water tap may have a child-safety tap fitted, preventing any injuries to toddlers.
  • The factory set-thermostats feature dual fail-safe temperature cut-outs mean no risk of overheated boiler containers or the damage they can cause.
  • The internal reservoirs or tanks are made of stainless steel – one of the most bacterial-resistant materials available.
  • Our plastic is impregnated with nano-silver, further inhibiting and preventing the growth of bacteria.

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POU Water Filters vs POE Water Filters

POU Water Filters vs POE Water Filters

We’ve run through the various types of POU (Point of Use) methods in a previous post (click here to check it out) – but what’s the difference between a Point Of Use system and a POE (Point of Entry) system?

A point of use system allows municipal water to normally through piping and plumbing systems , while a Point of Entry filtration method ensures the water is filtered before it reaches it’s dispensing destination.

These types of systems are usually employed to treat the water of an entire household, in reducing contaminants in water used for showering, bathing, washing dishes, clothes, flushing the toilets and even filling pools.

The various types of POE filtration systems are as  follows:

  • Water Softeners such as ion exchange systems can be used and are generally regarded as the most effective type of whole-house water filtration methods.
  • Sediment and tank filtration systems are able to remove the contaminants as water enters the home. Microbial and pathogenic contaminants remain untouched when employing this system.
  • Large inline filtration systems are fitted similarly to those discussed in POU inline systems (LINK), button a much larger scale. The system is fitted where water enters the home plumbing system.
  • Final barrier systems are more often than not used by municipalities to supplement the main water treatment facility. The systems carry out treatment on site of the end-user, ensuring any contaminants picked up from the aquifer to the home are removed entirely.

 

These types of systems are generally far more costly to the end user than POU systems, which is probably why they remain less popular.

 

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How to Remove Fluoride from Tap Water

How to Remove Fluoride from Tap Water

This powerful opening statement has been provided by the Global Healing Center LP:

“Exposure to fluoride is a contentious topic, mostly because exposure is everywhere. Not only is fluoride a common ingredient in toothpaste, many municipalities have a fluoridated water supply.

Why? Well, the reason we’re given is that it encourages oral health… even though it’s not known to prevent harmful oral bacteria. What is known is that fluoride is toxic. In fact, the number one reason for poison control calls concerning fluoride is for children who’ve eaten toothpaste. Long-term ingestion is harmful to the brain, digestive system, heart, bones… even the tooth enamel it’s supposed to help”

 

Fluoride in Our Water Supply

It’s no secret that fluoride is added to mass municipal water supplies throughout our country – and the world for that matter. How exactly do we go about extracting the added fluoride out of our water though?

There are numerous methods to effectively remove and reduce the amount of fluoride present in our water supplies, namely:

 

Use Water Filters: One way of avoiding the fluoride from tap water is to purchase a water filter. Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. By contrast, “activated carbon” filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride.

 

Purified Water: Another way to avoid fluoride from tap water is to purchase purified water. Most brands of bottled water contain very low levels of fluoride. Some brands, however, do contain high levels, which you would need to check on the table of contents of each bottle. Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm.

 

Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for a distillation unit varies widely depending on the size, and can be a time and cash consuming exercise.