The Ultimate Guide on Water Coolers South Africa

The Ultimate Guide on Water Coolers South Africa

Water coolers and dispensers are more frequently found in canteens, conference rooms, corridors and private offices of companies of all sizes – for good reason. The benefits to drinking the right amount of water per day is endless, and there are even some smart life hacks to trick your body into drinking more water per day. Yep, you can read about that here.

There are a few types of dispensers to choose from to give your employees and family at home a source of reliable and healthy refreshment. If choosing between a table top or free-standing cooler seems pretty straightforward to you, you might be scratching your head about the all-important choice between a bottled cooler and a plumbed – in cooler – especially since there are economic arguments in that debate. After you have decided on the machine, you’ll be ready to choose between buying the cooler, or renting it.

Types of Water Coolers

Bottled coolers VS plumbed-in coolers: Choosing between a bottled cooler and a plumbed-in cooler is the biggest question as far as these devices are concerned. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, which you can read more about in our blog on Bottled vs Plumbed-In Wtaer Coolers.

– Hot and cold dispensers: Do you want the dispenser to release cold water, hot water, boiling water or all of them? Read more about the various types of water coolers here.

– Freestanding or table top coolers: Here, the question is more about volume: do you need to provide large quantities of water, or just a little? This is the main, but not the only question which governs the choice between freestanding and table top coolers.

Choosing the Right Water Cooler

A water cooler may simply not the kind of device you just buy, install and leave;  you don’t necessarily need to buy it at all – you can also rent it or leave it – all solutions have their advantages.

You’ll also need know if you will have to maintain it regularly, how to maintain it and how much that maintenance may cost. Remember that Aquazania Bottled Water Coolers do not require any maintenance J . With this in mind, and after deciding on the economical merits of bottled coolers VS plumbed-in coolers, you can safely select the model and manufacturer that’s right for your needs.

– Bottled water cooler VS plumbed-in water cooler, the economical battle: Many technical differences result in very different requirements and different cost factors for bottled coolers and plumbed-in coolers, that make the overall bill quite different between the two solutions.

1) 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.

– Understanding maintenance instructions: Maintenance is a key area of differences between various models, but users need to know that there will always be the need for some regular maintenance, and should be prepared for the related costs.

– Buying, leasing or renting a water cooler: Knowing that there’s more to water cooling than the cooler itself, prospective users get a better idea of the pros and cons of buying, leasing and renting their machines.

– Main suppliers: More than a dozen suppliers compete on the water cooler business – some provide everything from machine to water and service, some are known for the original options they offer.

2) 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 larger capacity. For instance, a factory with 300 workers would find better use out of this than they would in having to wait 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.

Water Cooler Costs

When deciding between bottled water coolers or plumbed-in water coolers, cost is a factor to consider. A plumbed-in water cooler may cost a lot for the machine itself, and is an upfront payment or paid on monthly instalments in the case of renting, but the cost thereafter dramatically reduces. The only real costs to consider on a plumbed in water cooler are filter replacements (which may be more regular if your municipal supply water is of considerable low quality), as well as the electricity required to keep the machine running. The cost of municipal water to dispense is of minimal cost, but should also be considered, 0nad perhaps calculated per municipal area.

However, the water quality from a plumbed-in water cooler will never match the quality of a bottled water cooler. The price of a bottled water cooler could also be quite a large amount upfront, or payable in installments when renting. Some companies allow for refilling of the water bottles at home, which is then a very low cost for the end user; other companies supply bottled water which has undergone purification processes, and sell those bottles as an addition (or sometimes they form part of your rental agreement) for your water cooler dispenser.

Water Cooler Installation and Maintenance

Office water coolers and dispensers should always be unplugged before refilling or carrying out maintenance. Using harsh or abrasive cleaning products may damage your office water dispenser and taint the pure taste of bottled water if contaminated with harsh cleaning chemicals, so for daily spot cleaning wipe down with a clean cloth, hot water and a mild soap and rinse and flush thoroughly.

Bottled water coolers from Aquazania do not need sanitising. But why?

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.

When it comes to bottle-less water coolers, you will need to ensure the correct procedure is followed when replacing the water filter; ideally, the filter change should be carried out by a professional, so while they’re at it, they will typically give the machine a good check up to see if any routine maintenance is required. Other than that, the same rule of daily wiping down applies to all kinds of water coolers.

Water Cooler Suppliers South Africa

Walking down the km-spanning aisles at any wholesale store (or even the larger, family retail stores) exposes you to the options available for water coolers you can buy. We take the top 3 major suppliers and compare their pricing: something important to remember when you buy a water cooler from a retailer is the after-sales service.

Let’s be fully honest here – Makro, Game – whoever – focus their business intention on retail – not product support. If you encounter any machine-related problems, who will you be able to call to fix it? Or will you have to send it back to the store, wait for it to be evaluated, fixed or replaced and only then sent back to you. Consider this an investment piece and think of any problems you may encounter beforehand.

Here is a curated list of water cooler prices in South Africa!

 

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How Do I Disinfect My Water Cooler?

How Do I Disinfect My Water Cooler?

Here are some easy steps to follow to make sure your bottled water cooler is clean and ready for your great tasting Aquazania Water. Generally, it is not necessary to clean an Aquacooler (which you can read more about here), but also – cleaning a bottled water cooler is really pretty easy if you feel the need to. You may choose to disinfect your cooler after a particularly messy spill – maybe inside the cooler or on the taps, or perhaps you fitted a bottle which had an dirtied cap.

Before you start, you’ll need the following:

  • Lint-free towel or lint-free paper towels
  • Clean container or bucket that can hold a gallon or two of water

How to Clean a Water Cooler

To begin cleaning your water cooler, first disconnect the water cooler power cord from the outlet.

Remove the bottle from your cooler (it’s best to do this when the bottle is empty) and drain reservoir through the cold water (blue) tap into a bucket and throw that away or give it to your pets or plants. If there is ice in the reservoir, allow it to melt and then drain. Add hot water to speed up this process. Drain the hot water reservoir (if you have one), too.

Remove the water guard or spill-free top from your cooler. Some tops are a pressure fit and others require a twisting motion.  Take your time and figure out how your top comes off.

Clean/Wash water cooler exterior & taps with hot water and mild soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

If yours is a hot & cold cooler, then you must empty the reservoir by draining it through the tap as well.  Remember the hot tank sanitizes itself since it’s excpetionally hot.

All you need to do to sanitise the outside of your Aquacooler is a bucket of piping hot water (perhaps use the water you drained from the hot tap) and some mild detergent. Make sure it’s not too soapy;  dip a clean, lint-free towel into the solution and wring out the excess liquid. Now, take that towel and thoroughly clean all of exterior surfaces of the cooler. If you wipe over the taps, ensure you flush them for at least a minute thereafter to ensure there is no residue of the detergent left behind.

Sanitizing the interior is just as easy – all you need to do is ensure you get no detergent inside the machine. Using piping hot water again, wipe down the internals of the machine which you can reach.

Place a bottle on the cooler and drain two cups of water from each tap (hot, room temp, and cold). You shouldn’t have any detergent or other taste. If you do, keep draining more water until the taste disappears.

Plug the cooler back in – it’ll take thirty minutes or so before the water is hot and/or cold.

You’ve just cleaned and sanitized your bottled water cooler!

If this didn’t help in removing odours or tastes, book your Aquacooler in for a full in-house cleaning.

 

Cover Image Credit: Huffington Post

Does Lemon In Water Help Lose Weight?

Does Lemon In Water Help Lose Weight?

Lemon water is one of the very first detox water recipes created, and it seems to be everywhere you look on the Internet these days. Besides being really yummy with its sweet and tangy flavor, lemon juice has many health benefits associated with it.

What is Lemon Water?

Lemon water is simply the juice of a lemon mixed with water. It can be served hot or cold and is generally not sweetened, it all depends on your own personal preferences.

Benefits of Lemon Water

In addition to the many benefits of drinking water, like a faster metabolism, there are also specific benefits of drinking lemon water.

Lemons contain flavonoids, which are plant pigments that are known to have strong antioxidant properties. That means they help protect your cells from damage.

Lemons also contain important vitamins like Vitamin C and potassium. A diet rich in potassium can help lower your blood pressure, and studies have shown people who eat lots of potassium have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease and strokes.

How Does Lemon Water Benefit Us?

According to The Lemon Juice Diet by Theresa Cheung: “The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to eliminate toxins from the body and keep your liver and digestive system healthy. In particular, poor digestion hinders weight loss by stopping the body getting the nutrients it needs to burn fat and by causing a build up of toxins in the bloodstream that slows down metabolism. That’s where lemon juice and peel comes to the rescue. Adding these ingredients to our diet will help to improve our digestive system and encourage our liver to function at its best.”

It is, however, wise to keep in mind that a balanced diet remains the cornerstone of reaching and maintaining one’s ideal weight.

Studies have shown that drinking water naturally boosts your metabolism, and drinking a glass of hot or warm lemon water in the morning has become a healthy daily habit for many people to assist with overall weight loss. Not only is it an effective diet water, it tastes wonderful, too. Drink the juice of one lemon in one cup of warm water first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to increase your lemon water weight loss levels.

Water is the key component of any detox diet plan, and a lemon water cleanse is a great way to ensure you drink lots of it. In addition to the healthy benefits of lemon cleansing water, the enzymes may help stimulate liver functions and aid in the elimination of wastes from your body. A lemon water cleanse will also suppress your appetite so you are more successful and have fewer cravings while on your lemon detox or cleansing plan.

In summary, lemon water helps in aiding weight loss by:

  1. It is a digestive aid and helps the body to eliminate toxins.
  2. A glass of lemon juice and water contains hardly any calories.
  3. It stimulates your immune system.
  4. Lemons have an alkalising effect on the body.
  5. Lemons are a great source of vitamin C which helps the body to build collagen and fight diseases like the common cold.
  6. They also contain significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and citric acid.
  7. Lemon juice prevents the growth of bacteria.
  8. It helps to eliminate uric acid, thereby reducing inflammation and pain in joints.
  9. Lemon juice helps to strengthen the liver.
  10. Although it is acidic it can help to relieve heartburn.
  11. It can help to prevent the formation of wrinkles and acne.
  12. Lemon juice can help prevent eye problems.
  13. It can also help the stomach produce digestive juices.

 

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How to Get Your Pets to Drink More Water

How to Get Your Pets to Drink More Water

Did you know that most of any animal’s body is composed of water? Adequate water ingestion and hydration is important for them to maintain proper circulation as well as the health of organs and tissues, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, lung, intestines and pancreas.

A lot of people believe that pets drink what they need but in fact they drink what they are given and sometimes they aren’t big fans of what we give them!

Before you attempt to get them to drink more figure out how much they are actually drinking per day. Do you add water to their food at each meal? Are you feeding dry kibble or something that the liquid hasn’t been cooked out as much? Is your dog playing by a body of water that they can lean down and drink from? Are there puddles in your yard or standing water somewhere? Make sure that whatever water you are offering is as fresh as possible by changing out their water at least once or twice a day. If they are sick change it more often to keep it fresh.

Getting Your Pet to Drink More Water

  • Offer several bowls of water throughout the house. Ensure they don’t have to go far to get a drink.
  • Buy a Water Fountain. Animals love to drink fresh moving water heck they also love to drink out of the swimming pool and puddles. Give them what they want fresh water 24/7 with a Pet Fountain.
  • If they don’t like their water bowls, replace them. Who cares what they drink out of as long as they will drink on their own! Try a cereal bowl, or find a new pet bowl. They come in so many shapes and sizes and depths that you are sure to find something to not only offer your dog what they need but match your decor as well. If you need to use your child’s beach bucket go for it. Getting and keeping your pet hydrated is extremely important. Switch it up make it fun for your pet.
  • Put water in with their food. It will help slow them down when eating and will help them get more water per day; bonus – you control it.
  • Make the water easily accessible. If you have a senior pet maybe it hurts for them to bend down and grab a drink. An elevated bowl might be more comfortable for them. It’s suggested that a dog or cat’s bowl be raised to a level above the wrist and below the elbow. At this height less stress is put on the muscles, ligaments, tendons, vertebrae, and intervertebral discs of the neck because the head remains at a normal level instead of having to stretch to the ground to lap water or grasp food and then lift back up to swallow. You can do this without buying an expensive product.
  • Offer ice cubes. Ice cubes can be a great summer treat for pets and there’s no harm in them. You can even add some pet-safe fruit to them for an extra special treat or mix some water with low sodium chicken broth of bone broth. You can even make a flavored ice bowl.
  • Make sure you’re bringing water with you on outings. Cold water .There are several different types of products out on the market today that this shouldn’t be an issue. Traveling water bowls, water cups, water bottles, etc. Don’t want to buy one of those? Bring along a water jug.

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Plastic vs Glass vs Paper – How Does Material Influence the Taste of Water?

Plastic vs Glass vs Paper – How Does Material Influence the Taste of Water?

Although the paper plate and plastic cup may be less aesthetically appealing to a consumer, rationally speaking, the product containers should not affect actual quality or taste of the products within those containers,” said Aradhna Krishna, professor of marketing.

Nevertheless, she says, physical characteristics of product containers, such as texture, hardness, temperature and weight, do, indeed, affect the taste of food and drinks—but not for people who have a strong need to touch products to determine whether or not to consume or buy something.

Why Does Water Taste Better in Glass?

Why choose a glass water bottle over plastic? It allows you to sip colder and more pure-tasting water, looks sleek and elegant, and is thicker and sturdier than plastic.

Water tastes better in a glass because glass is a non-porous material, and the vessel is usually shaped so that you can smell the water. Much of what we perceive as taste, is actually smell. The sense of smell (i.e. olfactory system) is stimulated thousands of times more strongly than the sense of taste (i.e. gustatory system), given a specific concentration of a substance.

Odors and tastes give a strong emotional response. Among all sensations, only smell and taste project to both the higher cortical areas and the limbic system.

A snifter is an example of drinkware that is made specifically for containing and appreciating the odor of aged brown spirits. In Chinese culture, there is one cup for sniffing the tea, and a different cup for drinking the tea.

When sitting at a desk, I tend to drink more water from a table-glass tumbler than from any other vessel. I carry a bottle of water when I go out, and prefer glass because it is an excellent material (e.g. non-porous, transparent, and hard). Glass does not change the flavour of food.

Why Does Water Taste Different In Paper or Plastic Cups?

Your standard paper cup’s interior is treated with wax or plastic to ensure it can hold liquids without turning to mush, but the outside of most cups are not. As an aside, the waterproofing process originally used clay, but this gave the water an unpleasant taste, so the method was abandoned.

Using paper to house hot tea or coffee isn’t going to be a problem, as there will be no condensation collecting, but if you’ve got water or any other cold-drink, the condensation build-up will slowly erode the paper cup’s structural integrity from the outside (as tends to happen when water comes into contact with paper).

For dedicated cold beverage containers – such as milk cartons – both the inside and outside are sprayed in plastic or wax to battle the condensation issue, however when it comes to your standard, cheap paper cup, it’s obviously more cost effective to just do the inside and sell it as to the hot drink market.

 

In summary, glass is a non-porous and non-leaching material; plastic and paper both have coating, which may affect the taste as well as the smell of the water you’re drinking.

Cover Image Credit: nupik-flo.co.uk

Safe Drinking Water South Africa – What Makes Our Municipal Water Safe To Drink?

Safe Drinking Water South Africa – What Makes Our Municipal Water Safe To Drink?

Safe drinking water is treated water that has been tested for harmful and potentially harmful substances and has met or exceeded drinking water quality standards. Drinking water in South Africa is considered safe when taken from the tap or faucet – in fact our tap water is said to be some of the safest and cleanest in the world.

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry recently stated that the country’s national standard compares well with the World Health Organisation’s standards.

The responsibility to provide clean water rests with locally-based Water Services Authorities, who regularly monitor the quality of drinking water in South Africa.

Tap water undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. In some areas, South African drinking water is rich in minerals, and may involve a bit of getting used to.

Read more about what it takes to get bulk water to our taps in this article (LINK).

But what about the water quality since the water crisis hit us?

“The recent water crisis and its effect on our tap water; water has become a scarce resource in South Africa and it is common knowledge that all water sources need to be protected and preserved. The recent water crisis in the Western Cape has seen dam levels fall to a meagre 9% at the worst of the drought. This definitely makes you wonder about the quality of our drinking water.

According to experts, South Africa’s drinking water is not being sanitised correctly and is being polluted by litter and sewage etc. This may come as a shock as SA was known to have ‘top level quality’ drinking water compared to the rest of the world. However, this was over a decade ago and our water quality has dropped significantly.

A recent study shows that our water has dropped in quality by 8% mainly due to filtration procedures and processes. This functionality is due to the 45% of sewerage plants that do not function adequately resulting in the pollution of drinking water from spills.

In Gauteng the Vaal Dam is known to be the source of drinking water to many residents, but this water consists of water from many rivers that have not been tested or treated. These rivers and other bodies of water that lead into dams are known to have medical waste dumped into them.

The cumulative effect of pollution of current water sources as well as the water crisis is resulting in what scientists call a slow disaster.”

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h/t to businessessentials.co.za for the great info!

What Makes Water So Healthy?

What Makes Water So Healthy?

Has it occurred to you today that you are thirsty? Guess what – by the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, you are already dehydrated. That thirst is your body calling for re-hydration.

Your body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days constantly dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.

What Happens If You Don’t Drink Enough Water?

You may feel the following symptoms if you are mildly or moderately dehydrated:

  1. Fatigue, tiredness or feeling sleepy all the time
  2. Increased thirst
  3. Low urine output that is more yellow in colour
  4. Dry mouth
  5. Digestive disturbances including constipation
  6. Headache or light-headedness
  7. Pimple
  8. Dry or flaky skin or dry hair
  9. Crying with not much tears

Long-term dehydration can lead to the following:

  1. Rapid heartbeat because the heart is trying to compensate for low blood volume.
  2. Shriveled inelastic skin. This is when you pinch your skin and it tents up and does not return to its normal appearance.
  3. Dry mouth and mucous membranes
  4. Extreme irritability
  5. Confusion or lethargy
  6. Severe dizziness that is felt when standing up from a reclining position.
  7. Low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension, which often occurs when getting up from a lying or sitting position.
  8. Little or no urine. If ever there’s any, the colour is deep yellow or amber.
  9. Sunken eyes
  10. Rapid breathing
  11. Low grade fever
  12. Seizure
  13. Coma
  14. Extreme shock that can be fatal

Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

  • Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance

If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer. This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat.

Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content. This can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue and make exercise feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally.

Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening, and may even reduce the oxidative stress that occurs during high intensity exercise. This is not surprising when you consider that muscle is about 80% water.

  • Hydration Has a Major Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function

Your brain is strongly influenced by hydration status. Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function.

In a study of young women, fluid loss of 1.36% after exercise impaired both mood and concentration, and increased the frequency of headaches.

Another similar study, this time in young men, showed that fluid loss of 1.59% was detrimental to working memory and increased feelings of anxiety and fatigue.

  • Drinking More Water May Help Relieve Constipation

Constipation is a common problem, characterized by infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stool. Increasing fluid intake is often recommended as a part of the treatment protocol, and there is some evidence to back this up.

Low water consumption appears to be a risk factor for constipation in both young and elderly individuals. Carbonated water shows particularly promising results for constipation relief, although the reason is not entirely understood.

  • Drinking Water May Help Treat Kidney Stones

Urinary stones are painful clumps of mineral crystal that form in the urinary system. The most common form is kidney stones, which form in the kidneys.

Higher fluid intake increases the volume of urine passing through the kidneys, which dilutes the concentration of minerals, so they are less likely to crystallize and form clumps. Water may also help prevent the initial formation of stones, but studies are required to confirm this.

  • Water Helps Prevent Hangovers

A hangover refers to the unpleasant symptoms experienced after drinking alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in. This can lead to dehydration. Read our article about hangovers and hydration here!

Although dehydration is not the main cause of hangovers, it can cause symptoms like thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth. A good way to reduce hangovers is to drink a glass of water between drinks, and to have at least one big glass of water before going to bed.

 

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h/t to healthline.com for the great info!

 

 

Can Carbonated Water Replace Normal Water in our Diets ?

Can Carbonated Water Replace Normal Water in our Diets ?

It is common knowledge that staying well hydrated will improve your overall health. For those of us who attempt to be health conscientious people, we repeatedly try to increase our water intake—but despite our good intentions, we somehow end up failing (miserably). How do you combat all these failed attempts? How is it possible to escape the sweet temptations soda and sugary beverages provide?

Maybe water is just too bland or you crave that carbonated component in any beverage more than the need for sugar. In such cases, why not try sparkling water? Sparkling water can easily be substituted into your daily hydrating routine, and by doing so you will reap some of these lesser known benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Carbonated Water?

  • Keeps up your hydration levels

You may not think of water as a nutrient, but it is essential for good health. Water keeps you hydrated, is necessary for moving nutrients throughout your body, keeps you feeling full between meals and reduces fluid retention. Adding carbonated water to your drinking routine may help you meet your daily fluid needs to stay hydrated.

  • Alleviates Constipation

A 2002 study also found an improvement in constipation in the study participants who drank carbonated water. When you’re dealing with constipation, you know to up your intake of foods high in fibre. But getting enough fluids is as important as fibre when it comes to constipation. Fluids, such as carbonated water, help the fibre work better in your gut and make stools normal and regular.

  • Improve Indigestion

If you’re feeling a little sick to your stomach after eating, drinking a glass of carbonated water might help, according to a 2002 study published in the “European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.” Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms that occur in the upper abdominal area and may include bloating, nausea, vomiting or quickly feeling full after eating. The researchers of the study do not explain how carbonated water helps.

 

Any Downfalls of Carbonated Water?

  • Bone Mineral Density

Colas, fizzy drinks that include caffeine and phosphoric acid, can lead to weaker bones, but carbonated water will not cause mineral loss, according to a study published 2006 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” The human study found that only the intake of colas, and not other carbonated soft drinks, including carbonated water, causes low bone mineral density.

  • Can Cause Heartburn

Heartburn, also called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, happens when the sphincter between your muscle and esophagus allows the contents of the stomach to regurgitate up slightly into the esophagus. This creates a burning sensation in your chest and stomach area that can be potentially dangerous if it occurs frequently. The extra gas in carbonated water creates more pressure in your stomach, increasing the chances that your stomach will regurgitate contents upward. Some carbonated waters also include natural flavorings, such as lemon or lime, which can increase acidic content, making the heartburn worse.

 

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Bottled Water Companies in South Africa 2018

Bottled Water Companies in South Africa 2018

Most South Africans would agree that the quality of our tap water is at its best, questionable. Apart from the heavy chlorine smell, we concern ourselves over the possible contamination of said water in the time it takes to reach our homes from aquifers or reservoirs. This is probably the main reason most South Africans have turned to bottled water to quench their thirst, not forgetting the ease of access which we enjoy in making these types of purchases.

Bottled Water Suppliers South Africa

We have curated this list from the members on the South African National Bottled Water Association, FineWaters.com and of course some of our own research.

  1. Aquabella – http://www.aquabella.co.za/
  2. aQuellé – https://www.aquelle.co.za/
  3. Bené  – http://www.bene.co.za/
  4. Bonaqua – http://www.coca-colacompany.com/brands/bonaqua-bonaqa
  5. Ceres Spring Water – http://ceres.co.za/our-juice/water/
  6. Clover Waters: Nestlé Pure Life – https://www.nestlepurelife.com/en
  7. Di Bella Spring Water – http://www.dibellaspringwater.co.za/
  8. La Vie De Luc – http://laviedeluc.com/
  9. MultiSource Beverages – http://www.hydr8springwater.co.za/
  10. Oryx Aqua – http://oryxaqua.co.za/
  11. Thirsti – http://thirsti.co.za/
  12. Valpré  – http://www.coca-colacompany.com/brands/valpre
  13. Aquazania – https://www.aquazania.co.za/
  14. Aqua Africa – http://www.aqua-africa.co.za/Home.aspx
  15. SuperBev – http://superbev.co.za/
  16. Cape Aqua – https://capeaqua.co.za/
  17. H2O – http://h2o.co.za/
  18. Helderspruit – https://www.facebook.com/pg/Helderspuit-spring-water-997181673760671/about/
  19. Magalies Water – http://www.magalieswater.co.za/
  20. Oasis Water – http://oasiswater.co.za/

 

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Bulk Reverse Osmosis – What Is It and How Does It Work?

Bulk Reverse Osmosis – What Is It and How Does It Work?

One of the best water treatments available to suburban residents is reverse osmosis. In a large-scale application, its main purpose is desalination, which is the removal of salt in seawater to make it drinkable. Other companies utilise it for recycling, water waste treatment and even as a source of energy.

It’s undeniable that when it comes to producing clean water, reverse osmosis is the way to go. The question is – how does it actually work?

How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

The “reverse” part is clear enough; the osmosis is the complicated part. It is defined as the passage of water through a semipermeable membrane that traps dissolved solutes. These solutes are usually pesticides, nitrogen, oestrogens, aluminium and other chemicals. In addition, the membrane’s pores are so small that it’s able to trap the minutest particles that could contaminate your drinking water.

The accepted model for reverse osmosis in homes is commonly broken down into six steps. The first three parts of the filtration process do the bulk of the work, removing contaminants such as rust, calcium carbonate, organic chemicals and chlorine.

The next step is the actual reverse osmosis, where all the previously mentioned foreign matters are blocked. Once the water has passed RO, it proceeds to the carbon post-filter, where it thwarts all remaining chemicals. It then proceeds to the tank for storage. The process repeats itself until you fill the entire tank for a supply of clean drinking water.

But what about bulk reverse osmosis?

Bulk Reverse Osmosis

Bulk reverse osmosis is about the technologies, and associated equipment, involved in the filtration of bulk flows of water — so it will not cover treatment by sedimentation, nor will it cover separations involving organic liquids, nor the filtration of aqueous solutions such as occur throughout industry (like sugar syrups or brines).

iltration processes involved

The objective of the filtration processes used in water treatment is mainly to achieve the separation of solid particles that are suspended in the water to the extent, perhaps, of 0.5% by weight or as little as 10 mg/l (10 ppm), particles that are as large as grit or sand (say 1 mm in diameter or more) or as small as colloidal organic materials, or pathogens such as bacteria or viruses (say 0.1 μm or less).

In addition to this primary purpose, the filtration system may address the removal of oil droplets from suspension in water, or the removal of the colloidal or large dissolved organic molecules that are usually responsible for unpleasant tastes or odours or colour in the water, or the removal of the large dissolved ions from inorganic salts responsible for causing hardness in the water, or, finally, the removal of the smaller ions causing salinity (or, more correctly, in this case the removal of pure water from residual brine).

It is, of course, true that other processes besides filtration may also occur during the basic separation process, or as part of the overall purification system, such as disinfection (as with the legionella bacillus in cooling water treatment, or the long term prevention of the growth of bacteria in drinking water). It may also be important to remove dissolved gases from the product water, as with oxygen removal from boiler feed water.

While the process remains largely the same, bulk reverse osmosis requires far more equipment and processing when compared to household RO systems which treat “already-treated” water, i.e. – the municipal supply to our homes. Aquazania is proud to engage this technology within our 9-step purification process.

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