The Best Small Water Bottle Options in South Africa

The Best Small Water Bottle Options in South Africa

Sometimes, a set of small water bottles in a boardroom make for the perfect finishing touch, to create a good impression on a client or investor you are trying to impress. These days, it is all the more important to be environmentally conscious, especially when purchasing water bottles, rather than considering a bottleless solution or exploring your options. If your company is set on using recycle friendly water bottles, then look no further than our list of four of South Africa’s top small water bottle suppliers in the country.

Aquazania

Aquazania is an established brand based in Gauteng, providing premium water in a variety of sizes. Boardrooms aside, this is a good option to explore for corporate events as well, especially if your business hosts many conferences and showcases. One of their standout products is the 1L bottle, which is great for if you’re on the road all day, but still need to have a fresh, healthy supply of water on hand, regardless of whether you are bouncing around from office-to-office or travelling from city to city. Don’t forget to ask some of your colleagues to top you up during the day!

Valpre

Valpre is perhaps one of the most renowned small water bottle suppliers in the country, partly due to their close link with the Coca Cola company, a globally recognised enterprise. Their small water bottles, which come in still or sparkling options, don’t come in as many size varieties as the other brands on our list. They primarily focus on the 500ml and 1L versions in South Africa, supplied directly from the Fricona Valley in KZN. If you’re looking for quality, but are not afraid to spend a little more per unit, then Valpre is the way to go. 

Aquabox

These guys are a bit of a wildcard, due in part to a bold decision to move from using water bottles to water boxes (interesting, right?). This was a decision that ultimately led to them being endorsed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, which is not something to be understated. While we’re mostly considering bottled solutions today, and it may be a little odd to bring a water box looking like a milk carton on the road with you, it is worth giving these guys a mention, as an out-of-the box thinking company, providing a variety of options in a similar line to its competitors, but doing so in a way that is as environmentally friendly as possible. Hats off to you guys!

SAWT

Last but not least, South African Water Technologies are a supplier based in Durban. Ranging from 250ml options all the way up to five litres, they provide plastic and glass options, with the water supplied in a choice between reverse osmosis or condensation. To find out more about the benefits of either, it’s a good idea to check out their website. Speaking of: their online ordering process was effective enough when we tested it, and their customer service wasn’t half bad either.

Whether you’re looking for small water bottles for your next event, conference or just a big meeting with a potential investor, then you can bank on any of these four providing you with a choice that is not only environmentally conscious, but also tailored towards your individual needs as a customer. Don’t be shy to tell the supplier what you need, and to be as specific as you want, within the price range you can afford. South Africa is renowned for its rich water sources, particularly in KZN, so you can bank on any of these brands delivering a high quality product, in a process that is as seamless and time saving for you as possible.

Floor Standing vs. Desktop Water Coolers

Floor Standing vs. Desktop Water Coolers

Providing a healthy, consistent water supply in the office is a must these days, especially if your employees are spending upwards of 8 hours a day at work, and the type of business you run requires a lot of meetings, both internally and with outsiders. Ticking the boxes in terms of the basics will go a long way towards the general health of your office, not mentioning the benefits to company culture, when you should care and consideration to the needs of the staff on the ground (enough with expecting them to drink from the tap only and wondering why they’re getting sick more often). A good starting point when looking at a clean water supplier, is to consider the options available to you, but first, distinguishing between what will work better for your team – a floor standing option, or if desktop water coolers. Let’s have a look at the benefits of both.

What is a Floor Standing Water Cooler?

A floor standing water cooler, is traditionally also known as a bottled water cooler. These are a type of watercooler that was made popular in the 90’s in many films, and also started the commonly known stereotype around “watercooler conversations”. This is a cheap, quick solution if you’re in a hurry.

What is a Desktop Water Cooler?

A desktop water cooler is more commonly known as a bottleless water cooler solution. It plugs in directly to a water source, giving you an “endless supply” so to speak, needing a bit more care and management, especially if you’re not looking to run up the company water bill. This tends to be a bit more pricey, but might have better long term effects.

The Benefits of Floor Standing vs. Desktop Water Coolers

Floor standing water coolers are fairly basic, with mid-range models coming with a hot water solution as well. These types of coolers are great, because it is easy to manage the amount of water you use in any given month. You are able to order a fixed amount of water bottles, communicate to the staff that this is all you can account for at this stage, and have it conveniently delivered to you each month, without much back and forth aside from a signature here and there. This means you’re unlikely to get a nasty water bill after a month of heavy use, especially in a time when things may be a little tighter than usual. On the downside, you may run out of water in the middle of summer months, where people are drinking more water than usual, so it requires a bit more maintenance and ideally an office manager with direct the process carefully. 

Desktop water coolers don’t run the risk of ever running out in the middle of a summer month, as they plug in directly to the water source within the building, with the water being filtered and cleaned by the machine itself. As you can imagine, it requires a greater amount of regulation, to avoid a big bill at the end of the summer months. You will however, never run out of water at an inconvenient time (the day of a bit investor meeting, for instance) and another benefit, is the fact that these water coolers come with more bells and whistles than your traditional floor standing cooler. Albeit a little bit more pricey, if you’re looking for a longer term solution that has multiple uses, this is the way to go.

Where To Get Your Next Water Cooler

Regardless of your needs, it’s best to explore your options, considering what will work best for your office, and your team specifically. Aquazania is a great option to explore when you’re on the hunt, not only because of their wide range of products, but because they offer both purchases and rentals, each with extensive maintenance benefits. That means that you don’t have to break the bank for a higher end machine, by having to pay a big sum upfront, should you not be able to. You’re also guaranteed of very competitive prices as a whole, and it’s no surprise that these guys are a top supplier in the Johannesburg region for this very reason, and because of the diverse range of products they offer.

The AQA Bottleless Water Cooler Range

The AQA Bottleless Water Cooler Range

Finding a suitable bottleless water cooler can be quite a challenge, considering the range of products out there to begin with, most of which, if we’re entirely honest, are set on emptying your pockets. In our search for an affordable solution, be it for your home or for the office, we stumbled onto an interesting range of products from a company called AQA, that not only provide variety in terms of design and functionality, but also won’t break the bank either. We’re considering their five most prominent water coolers today, playing around with each, looking at their basic specs and benefits, and of course answering the question of what you could expect to pay for the machine too.

AQA Touch

The AQA Touch is a great option to consider, not only for its sleek design, but because of its output capability, producing over twenty fix litres or cold, bubbly or room temperature water at the touch of a button. While it may be considered a more high-end purchase, this model is extra special not only because it is energy efficient, but because it offers the option of a custom designed stand, which is perfect for if you’re redoing the office or moving into a new space at home. The opportunities are endless. The purchase price for this machine is R22 000, and rental price is around R1 000 per month.

AQA Tap

No, you’re not looking at the latest keg machine from the pub! You wouldn’t be the first person to have that thought when looking at this one. While the AQA Tap has a leaning towards commercial use, due to it being able to provide a phenomenal output of 80 litres per hour, it remains a viable bottleless water solution for any environment that may require a greater-than-average supply of water. You’ll find these in many restaurants, hotels and at big events. The AQA Tap’s purchase price is R35 000, while the rental price comes in at around R2 500 per month.

AQA Sodax

The AQA Sodax, arguably the most beautiful machine in the range (we were debating this for a while), is a good fit if you’re looking for something more modern and stylish, for either home or office use. This machine is one of few machines with a touch-screen system, providing all four water temperatures (that’s what we like to hear). We liked this one specifically because on surface value it looked to be one of the higher end models, but surprisingly, the price indicates otherwise. If you’re looking for something for the family at home, look no further. Purchase price is R11 500, while the rental price is only R575 per month.

AQA Slim

The AQA Slim puts a whole new spin on the traditional “water cooler”, and provides a longer, standing machine that is sure to generate a fair amount of buzz and popularity around the office. This machine is unique because it comes with a few choices for you to make in terms of customisation, including whether you’d like it installed with an add on to provide sparkling water (that would be a YES from us). If you’re worried that people are going to knock it over at work, a wall mount is also available. Purchase price is R15 000, rental price is roughly R450 per month.

AQA One

If reliability and affordability is your top priority, the AQA One is a solution to seriously consider. Practical, simple and offering an output of almost five litres per hour, this one is good for home and small businesses, and is available in different colours as well. If you’re aiming at using this one at home, but you’re worried about your toddler or grandchild playing with the taps, don’t stress, they are all childproof and easy to manage. The purchase price for the AQA one is R6 000, and the rental price is a mere R350 per month. 

I’ve Found What I’m Looking For. Where Can I Order It?

All of these water coolers are available at Aquazania, a Johannesburg based water company, that has a long standing reputation as a trusted water supplier around the country. What makes these guys so unique, is that they offer the option to buy or rent the machines, with the added value of trusted service and great warranties. So before you shop around and consider buying a machine out of the box, give them a shout, and enquire about any promotions or specials running at the moment as well. Happy water hunting!

The Best Soda Water Machines on the Market in 2019

The Best Soda Water Machines on the Market in 2019

Soda water has never been more popular than it is today, continuing to provide a twist on the traditional drink we all love, with the added benefit of allowing the drinker to get creative with flavours, colours and more. These days, many people choose to drink soda water and lime throughout the day, even opting to add cucumber and other fruit to the mix, rather than just walking around with a bottle of non-fizzy water. You’ll agree that it isn’t practical to have to buy gas water each day, so what options do you have if this is something you want to explore? Soda Water machines are a good way to go, and today we’re exploring three of the best options on the market at the moment, for you to consider.

A Good Soda Water Machine: What To Look Out For

When looking for a good soda water machine, it’s important to consider a few factors. Affordability is important, but you don’t want to skimp on the price, and end up with a sub-par product. It’s important that the machine should be easy to use, easy to clean, and ideally also come with a good warranty. Style is a bonus factor, and luckily, most soda machine manufacturers seems to be designing with the future in mind.

BIBO Fizz Bar Sparkling Drink Maker

The BIBO Fizz Bar Sparkling Drink Maker makes our list because of its ease of use, and the fact that it comes in a variety of fun colours. What makes this machine cooler than your traditional entry level machine, is the ability for the user to control the amount of fizz in your drink. This machine can be used with all kinds of drinks, including tea infusions, juice, water, beer, cold drinks and even wine. Get more details at YuppieChef and do some price comparisons at other e-Tailers if it looks like an option that will work for you.

AQA Sodax

The AQA Sodax machine has been around the block, but year after year ‘cuts the mustard’ as a dependable, affordable solution if you’re looking for something a little more high end and with more variety than a standard machine. This champion product, made in Italy, provides cold and hot water outputs, allows for a fully customisable experience tailored to your needs, and boasts an impressive output of 15 litres an hour. It goes without saying, but this product is also energy efficient, regardless of the fact that it provides all four types of water output. This is the Rolls Royce of water machines without costing you an arm and a leg, and worth investing in if you’d like a longer term solution.

SodaStream Spirit One Touch 60 L Black

SodaStream is perhaps the most well known soda water machine brand around the world, and it’s no surprise that they have recently released a new model that is once again getting rave reviews online. Although not as extensive in features as the AQA Sodax, and more in line with the BIBO Fizz Bar Sparkling Drink Maker, what sets this machine apart is that it offers 3 levels of carbonation, a two year warranty (always useful), plus, refills can be purchased directly from supermarkets (not always a standard, would you believe). It looks a little like something that an alien may bring with it to earth on a first visit, but there is no denying that the product is future facing, and setting the benchmark for soda water machines as we move into 2020.

Whatever your needs, each of these machines have their benefits, and will make for a good investment or your office or home. Access to a consistent stream of healthy water is something that is often overlooked by people in the hustle and bustle of daily modern life, but by implementing small changes, like switching to slightly flavoured options with carbonated water (lower in sugar than buying a soda), or carrying around a jar of fizzy water with some fresh fruit, you can start to change your habits overnight, for a healthier overall lifestyle. Happy spritzing

The Best Reverse Osmosis Water Filters

The Best Reverse Osmosis Water Filters To Keep Your Drinking Water Safe

When it comes to providing a clean water solution for your home or office, it’s never a good idea to cut corners. On average, tap water contains an amalgamation of bacteria and substances that are hazardous to our health, so if you’re looking to get your “two liters a day” in, and still drinking directly from the tap as a permanent solution, it may be time to consider a water filter. 

Reverse osmosis, a water filtration process (popularised and highly emphasized by Aquazania in their bottled and bottleless water products), is a good starting point. There are a range of filters out there highly prioritising RO, essentially offering you an efficient solution for a consistent fresh water supply that you can bank on.

What is Reverse Osmosis and Why Is It Important?

Reverse osmosis is a crucial part of the water purification process as a whole. While we’re avoiding getting too scientific here, as there are great resources online should you wish to learn more, in a nutshell: multiple pairs of semi-permeable cellulose-acetate and polyamide membranes “do their thing” and help to get rid of anything that diffuses that quality and safety of the water. It’s important that RO does this, because it removes any contaminants, including lurking bacteria and viruses, and also over 99.99% of chemicals, salts and harmful minerals. 

A Good Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Has The Following

While it can be hard to generalise between all the many household and industrial water filter solutions, it is important for a reverse osmosis water filter to not only be decent in terms of size and affordability, as well as being compatible with your needs, but at the same time, it needs to be made from reliable, non-contaminating materials, which come with a good warranty. Water filters create a surprising amount of waste, so make sure you consider all options carefully before making any choices. Speak to an expert in your processes of considering different water filters, and make sure you get all your questions answered, so you won’t be left wondering once it is installed in your home and ready to go.

The Best Reverse Osmosis Water Filters on the Market

  1. The Silver Triple Stage Home Filter System, which is manufactured by FilterShop, is not a quick-fix solution (it takes 2 to 3 days to install), but it is a reliable choice if you’re looking for a more permanent solution for all your water needs in the home/office. They boast that they preserve all natural minerals in their water, and that it is a low maintenance, no electricity option that is good for the pocket in the long term. We like!
  2. Pure Water Systems, an Australian brand, is renowned for its wide range of water filters, especially in their reverse osmosis range. What’s great about their range of products, is that they are easy servicing, designed to reduce waste, and helps you to save on your water bill in the long run. You may pay a little more for this one considering where they manufacture from, but you can be sure that it will be a good investment if you choose to do so.
  3. RoWater is a local brand offering an extensive range of products to the market as a whole. Boosting 6 different types of filters, they are worth exploring if you’re looking for a bit of variety in the selection choice. These guys are also known for keeping their clients on top of any water news, and are innovative in their product designs, which always take the individual needs of the client in mind. They’re the full package if you’re looking for an affordable option.

Whatever your choice for the best water filtration system in your home or office, make sure that the system puts extensive emphasis on the RO process, offers you good maintenance options, and also gives you peace of mind, knowing that you’re not only drinking a sparkly fresh water supply each day, but that it is good for your long term health as well. 

Why and How to Remove Fluoride from Water

Why and How to Remove Fluoride from Water

There has been a lot of talk recently about fluoride in water, and how it may have some serious health consequences if consumed excessively. This is rather concerning as fluoride is very present in our everyday lives without us even knowing it as fluoride is present in our water, toothpaste and even our food.

So let us investigate deeper into the effects of fluoride and how to remove it from our drinking water. 

The Effects of Fluoride

Firstly, fluoride is not a terrible nutrient that should be avoided at all costs.

Actually, fluoride has some positives such as the prevention of dental cavities. It does this as fluoride decreases demineralization, meaning it slows down the loss of minerals from tooth enamel. Moreover, fluoride also enhances remineralization, meaning it speeds up the repair process of your teeth and returns minerals back into the enamel. Lastly, fluoride also prevents bacterial activity which reduces acid production by interfering with the bacterial enzymes. 

Therefore, it can be said that fluoride proves to be beneficial for your teeth and bones due to mineralization making them harder and stronger. 

However, the problem occurs with excessive intake of fluoride which causes fluorosis. There are two types of fluorosis, namely, dental and skeletal fluorosis. 

Dental fluorosis is characterized by changes in the appearance of teeth. In mild cases, dental fluorosis can cause white spots on teeth, and in more severe cases it is known to cause brown stains and weakened teeth.

Skeletal fluorosis is a more severe case of fluorosis and is a bone disease that involves the collecting and accumulation of fluoride in the bones over the years. The first symptoms are stiffness and joint pain, while more advanced symptoms are more drastic being altered bone structure and the calcification of ligaments.

(Skeletal fluorosis is not a major concern in countries that use fluoride in water for cavity prevention as the fluoride levels in this water will be closely controlled. 

How to Remove Fluoride from Water

Water Filters:

There are 3 types of water filters that can be used to remove fluoride from water. 

  1. Reverse Osmosis Water Filter
  2. Deionizer Filters
  3. Activated Alumina Filters

Each of these filters can remove roughly 90% of the fluoride from your drinking water. 

Purified Water:

Purified water goes through a rigorous purification process that usually involves one or a combination of the water filters above. You can fund purified water in most bottled water, however, some bottled water brands contain high levels of fluoride. (You can check whether or not your bottled water contains fluoride by referring to the label.)

Distilled Water:

A Water Distillation Unit will remove most (if not all) fluoride from your drinking water. 

In essence,

as with most nutrients, the consumption of small amounts is safe and is actually beneficial to the body. However, an excessive intake of fluoride has been known to cause various health issues. In order to avoid consuming extra fluoride in your daily activities, a water filter, purified water, and/or a water distillation unit will assist in removing fluoride from your drinking water.

The Best Water Cooler Companies in Gauteng

The Best Water Cooler Companies in Gauteng

Do you trust the water supply at work as much as the one you have at home? Is this even something that has been discussed at the office? If not, it may be time to do so, and to arrange to talk to your office manager about a longer-term, healthier solution for the office. 

The Benefits of a Trusted Water Source for the Office

Not only does a natural water supply which is free of the usual pollutants found in traditional sources help to promote long term health and keep you hydrated during the course of a busy workday, but it also leaves you without any uncertainty around what you’re nourishing your body with. Drinking from a water cooler or a purified water solution is an effective way to give you peace of mind, especially if you’re spending upwards of eight hours a day (forty hours a week) in an office environment. If this isn’t enough to persuade a superior to consider a new water solution, try going the financial route: companies that use fixed water supplies are better able to monitor their water use, and don’t face any nasty surprises with utility bills each month.

If either of those approaches work to get the conversation going in the office, it’s time to find the perfect solution in your area. In order to help your search for this for your workspace (because naturally, it’s better to go to a decision-maker with a solution, not just a problem), we’ve done some digging around for the most reliable water cooler solution companies in Gauteng, each within similar price ranges, which have been detailed below for you to consider in your search for a good fit.

Mineral Water Man

Mineral Water Man was first introduced back in 2002, as a curious little startup called ‘Cooling Concepts’. Just two years later, they decided that a change of brand was needed to better express what their business was all about. The decision paid off, and they’ve been operating with a new title and increased popularity for the fifteen years since. What makes them interesting, is that they are one of the few Gauteng suppliers offering customers a choice between SABS certified purified water, or natural mineral water. 

Perfect Water

These guys may have franchises around South Africa, but did you know they have 19 branches in Gauteng? Pretty impressive. We’re not going to speculate about which branch is the best, but it’s clear that Perfect Water is a heavy hitter in the industry and a force to be reckoned with. With traditional purified and bottled water options, these guys have also branched out into ice and juice solutions in recent years. One of their most creative offerings includes what they call ‘Tranquility Water’ (which, frankly, anyone living in Johannesburg could benefit from), which is currently available in three flavours.

Aquazania

Aquazania has been around the block and established themselves as a powerhouse in the water supply game. Out of the three, these guys provided the fastest response time, not to mention their service always came with a smile. Their bottled or bottleless products are both equally renowned. What sets them apart from other suppliers in the region, is their ability to keep up with international trends, actively doing research through their in-house team to continue to develop premium products. If we’re considering value for money, Aquazania comes out as a top supplier in the province.

Change is as Good as a (Water) Holiday

We’re all looking to bring positive changes in our lives at any given time, and most of us enjoy doing so for others as well. Do something that’s beneficial for the entire team, and watch it make a difference to company culture, general employee health and the bottom line. I hope you find a solution that works for your company and oh yes… you’re welcome!