Quality Water Bottles for a Top-Quality Brand

On those hot summer days when you reach into the fridge for an ice-cold bottle of water, or line-up at the office water cooler for a cool refreshing drink, have you ever wondered where those multi-coloured bottles come from?

When it comes to Aquazania, their bottles are produced by PETRA (PET Resin Association).

What is PET?

This stands for polyethylene terephthalate, and it is a type of polyester. This is moulded into food packaging containers and plastic bottles for beverages as well as other consumer products. PET plastic bottles are a popular packaging choice for water, juice, soft drinks, shampoo, mouthwash, liquid hand soap and an extensive range of other products.

Why are PET products so popular?

Aside from being strong, light in weight, economical and shatterproof, PET products are hygienic, resistant to attacks and damage caused by micro-organisms and will not biologically degrade.

Are PET bottles and containers safe?

PET containers and bottles have been tested and undergone extensive studies and, as a result, they have been approved as safe by health and safety agencies around the world, including the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the European Food Safety Authority. Studies have also shown that PET bottles and containers are BPA free and they do not react with beverages and food.

How to tell the difference between PET bottles and other plastics

At the bottom or on the side of PET containers you will find a mould showing a 1 surrounded by a triangle of ‘chasing arrows’. Below this triangle, you will see the acronym PET or PETE.

PET containers

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Can PET containers and bottles be recycled?

They certainly can. Containers, bottles and jars can be recycled and used for various other products. PET products which are recycled are used for food and beverage bottles and containers, carpets and clothing, industrial strapping and many other items which people use during their daily lives.

With several decades of experience, PET continues to supply quality products to top quality brands.

For more information on PET, visit www.petresin.org

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The Benefits of Coconut Water

Summer is here and considering many companies have a water machine for the office and are cranking up the air-conditioner within the work place, a person doesn’t need to look at a thermometer to know that outside temperatures are soaring. Of course, during these incredibly hot periods which we are experiencing, cool, refreshing beverages are definitely the order of the day.

Recently, we took a look at the health benefits of aloe vera water and how popular the drink has become with consumers across the country. However, this isn’t the only beverage which has grown in popularity. Another thirst-quencher which has become a favourite amongst shoppers is coconut water.

Benefits of coconut water

Like aloe vera water, coconut water is also delicious and a refreshing choice for those days when the weather is extremely hot and humid. Coconut water also has several health benefits, including:

  • It helps cool the body and keep cells hydrated and revitalised.
  • Contains various nutrients as well as vitamin C and vitamin B.
  • Coconut water helps to aid digestion.
  • It boosts the immune system.
  • It helps detox the body.
  • Good for the skin.

There are various recipes for coconut water online, however, it should not be drunk by individuals who are allergic to any of the ingredients.

If coconut water is not appealing to your taste buds, then there are a variety of other delicious water flavours you can experiment with, including lemon water or mixed berry water.

Stay cool with a water cooler

For a quote regarding a water machine price, contact an expert service provider for assistance today. And if you are interested in acquiring a water machine for sale so you have cool water on tap throughout the day, contact Aquazania and take a look at the incredible range of water coolers on offer.

Mix It up This New Year’s Eve with a Stylish Water Cooler

The festive season is here and already people are planning their New Year’s Eve functions. Of course, come the stroke of midnight on December 31, many people tend to pop open a bottle of bubbly and raise a toast to the start of the New Year. However, during the celebrations, there are often individuals who may prefer to opt for non-alcoholic beverages instead. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve function, it is important to cater for everyone. And if you are looking for alternate beverages for all your guests to enjoy, you can look at fruit punches, soft drinks and even water cooler rental options.

By adding a stylish water cooler to your drinks table, you can offer your guests a range of different flavoured waters to enjoy. Since there is a wide variety of recipes online, and so many ingredients which you can infuse, your guests will be spoilt for choice. As the party organiser, you can also opt for a cooler which dispenses hot and cold water. By doing this, you will be able to offer your guests hot beverages as well.

Favoured water

When it comes to infusing ingredients, here are a few easy recipes you can try. Alternately, you can find other interesting ones online or you can experiment and invent your own.

  • Lemon, mint and cucumber water.
  • Mixed berry water.
  • Blackcurrant flavoured water.
  • Orange flavoured water.

It is important to let your guests know what ingredients you have infused together, just in case anyone present is allergic to anything you might have used.

Hot beverages

When it comes to hot beverages, you are not just limited to ordinary tea and coffee. These days, there are various blends of coffee on the shelves, including cappuccino and decaffeinated coffee. And when it comes to tea, there are many flavours available for people to enjoy, including green tea, ginger tea and rooibos.

So, if you are planning an exciting New Year’s Eve soiree, take a look at water cooler rentals and start infusing your different ingredients. By giving your guests some delightful flavoured waters, you are sure to become the toast of the evening.

 

Interesting Facts About Water

Over the last few months, South Africa experienced a devastating drought which left the land dry and water levels low. During this period, we were all reminded of how important water is, not only to humans, animals and plants, but to the economy as well. However, aside from being a vital natural resource, there are also many interesting facts about water which not everyone is aware of.

Did you know…

  • Water makes up approximately 70% of an adult’s body.
  • We all know that too much alcohol can lead to intoxication, but drinking too much water too quickly can cause water intoxication. When this happens, the water dilutes a person’s sodium level in the bloodstream and can cause an imbalance of water in the brain. Water intoxication often happens during intense physical activity.
  • During childbirth, water makes up approximately 80% of an infant’s body.
  • It is recommended that a person should drink eight glasses of water a day. This amount can include water gained from food and other liquid as well.
  • An estimated 70 to 75% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.
  • The average South African household uses about 250 litres of water a day.
  • Hot water freezes faster than cold water.
  • Unlike other liquids, water expands when it is frozen.
  • A human being is able to live for approximately a month without food, but can only survive about a week without drinking water.
  • Pure water has a pH level of 7.
  • The same water which was around billions of years ago, still exists on earth today.
  • Water is made up of two elements: hydrogen and oxygen.

Water also has a range of health benefits as well, including:

  • Regulates body temperature.
  • Good for the skin.
  • Rids the body of toxins.
  • Carries nutrients to different cells.
  • Makes up over 80% of a person’s blood.
  • Boosts energy levels.
  • Helps protect vital organs.
  • Helps prevent infections such as flu.

Avoid Heat Stroke with a Top of the Range Water Dispenser

After receiving much needed rain during November, it now seems like the soaring temperatures and extreme heatwaves have returned with a vengeance. With temperatures rising, especially during the middle of the day, it is important for people to stay hydrated to avoid getting heat stroke. One way to remain hydrated is to have access to a water dispenser where you are always guaranteed to get a cool refreshing drink.

Over Christmas, many people might be opting to spend a lot of time outdoors. However, if you are planning on lounging by the pool or having an afternoon braai, it is important that you keep an eye on the weather and avoid spending too much time in the sun. It is also important that you have plenty of water to drink. By contacting reliable water dispenser suppliers, you will be able to get a quality water dispenser for sale and have access to cool water whenever you need it.

What is heat stroke?

Heatstroke is a serious condition when the body overheats. This is mainly due to being exposed to high temperatures for a prolonged period. A person can be at risk of heat stroke if they are working or taking part in physical activities outdoors when temperatures are high.

Symptoms of heatstroke

  • A painful or severe headache.
  • Feeling light headed or having dizzy spells.
  • Muscle aches and cramps.
  • Feeling physically drained or exhausted.
  • Feeling quite nauseas or vomiting.
  • Sweating excessively.
  • Feeling thirsty or dehydrated.

How to prevent heat stroke

  • Make sure you drink lots of extra fluids.
  • Remember to put on sun block.
  • Try to wear light fitting clothes whenever possible.
  • If possible, avoid doing strenuous work outside during the middle of the day when temperatures are incredibly high.

If you are looking for a top of the range dispenser to help keep you cool over the hot summers months ahead, contact Aquazania and have a look at the large range which they have available.

Health benefits of aloe vera water

What first seemed like just another passing fad and a trendy product amongst yuppies, has not only remained in the public limelight for some time now, but it has also increased in popularity throughout the country. No, we’re not talking about a water machine dispenser or some teeny bobber singing sensation whose face is plastered on everything from billboards to cereal boxes. We’re talking about aloe vera water.

Much like coconut water, the consumption and popularity of aloe vera water has risen significantly in recent years. As a result, consumers will find a variety of brands as well as different flavours in most major retail outlets. And, if you have a water machine for home and enjoy making your own flavoured water, you can find several recipes for aloe vera water online.

These days quite a few people are opting to enjoy either a refreshing cool drink from a water machine or a glass of fruit juice or even a bottle of aloe vera water as opposed to other soft drinks on the market. One of the main reasons for this is that aside from being refreshing, all these other beverages are considered a healthy alternative to soft drinks.

Health benefits of aloe vera water

  • Antioxidant properties.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Aids the digestive system.
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Good for the skin.
  • Helps fight bacterial and viral infections.
  • Contains several minerals as well as vitamin C and vitamin B-12.

If you are considering adding aloe vera water to your diet, first speak to your doctor, especially if you are on any medication or using other vitamin supplements. Aloe vera water should not drunk by people who are allergic to any of the ingredients.

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Water, water, everywhere

If you live anywhere around Johannesburg, or have switched on the news at any time over the past week, you’re sure to have heard about the flash floods that gripped Gauteng during the second week of November. Sadly, there were several fatalities and many homes and businesses were damaged during the storms.

After months of experiencing a hard-hitting drought, many people breathed a collective sigh of relief when the rain started to fall. However, does the heavy rainfall mean the drought is over once and for all?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Despite the heavy thunderstorms, we’ve only just begun the recovery process and we still need to keep water conservation as a top priority.

Reports have stated that since Monday, November 14, the Vaal Dam is now registering at 30% capacity. Although this is a marked improvement, it’s still a far-cry from the 50% we desperately need in order to reach a sustainable level.

This is due to the fact that not nearly as much water fell in the catchment areas for the Vaal Dam as we saw falling throughout Johannesburg. Fortunately, a substantial amount did make its way to the dam.

As a result of the drought and the low water levels, the sluice gates of the Sterkfontein Dam were recently opened in order to send desperately needed water to the Vaal Dam.

As South African citizens, we need to always remember that we live in a country that is prone to dry spells and the threat of water shortages is always a possibility. As a result, everyone is reminded to continue using water sparingly.

Residents need to make the most of storms when they occur and leave out buckets to collect rain water which can be used at a later stage. Rain water which is collected during storms can be used to water plants, wash cars, flush toilets and much more – all without having to turn on your taps once.

Water restrictions are still in place as well as low water pressure within our homes. However, by remaining vigilant, we can allow the current weather cycle to boost our water supplies up to a reliable and constant level.

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Aquazania gives generous donation to those in need

It is said that a person or a business can be measured by how they act during a crisis. Aquazania recently proved their worth when they reached out and gave a generous donation in order to assist victims of the devastating flash floods which hit the country.

During the first weeks of November, South Africa was hit hard by severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Sadly, several people lost their lives and a large number of homes, businesses and vehicles were badly damaged.

Saddened by the tragic plight of all those who had lost their homes, Aquazania decided to take action and assist. In response to the disaster, Aquazania donated 400 of their 22 litre bottles of purified water to staff members from Busamed Private Hospital Orthopaedic and Oncology Centre, who are working tirelessly and doing their best to help victims of the flash floods. The hospital is being assisted by the caring officials from Gift of The Givers. Aside from the 400 bottles of water from Aquazania, Busamed and Gift of the Givers also donated food hampers as well.

To see more photos of the generous donation and the handover, take a look at Busamed’s Facebook page.

Hartbeespoort Dam Hit by Sewage Spill

 “Harties” isn’t just a quick weekend escape for Joburger’s and a place where they can take their boats and enjoy a leisurely weekend out on the water. It is in fact, one of the most important water sources we have.

Now, we know that all tap water delivered to us undergoes stringent testing in order to reach acceptable levels of purification before it can be classified as safe to drink. Unfortunately, the current state of Hartbeespoort Dam might just change how closely we keep an eye on water treatment.

In September, the Kormorant reported that a sewage pipe had burst between the pump station by the Transvaal Yacht Club and the Bird Sanctuary, which is west of the Schoemansville Oewer Club, and that sewage was allegedly pumped into the dam. Watch the video of the burst pipe here.

At the beginning of November, EWN reported that there was a sewage spill at Hartbeespoort Dam, originating from the Jukskei River, in Gauteng. According to the report, several weeks ago residents from the area were complaining about the discolouration of the water and a terrible smell. Upon inspection, it was discovered that there was a massive spill stemming from Leeuwkop Prison and Northern Waterworks.

See the video, originally posted on EWN, and see how locals are impacted in the North West.

Not only is this a foul smelling and unsightly problem, residents and councillors are also concerned and worried about the potential health risks if the water is ingested by humans or animals. The sewage spill has had a damaging impact on the eco-system, especially for fish and birds and other water-dependant life forms. It has also had a negative effect on tourism and the farming industry.

In the midst of an ongoing water crisis, the last thing we need is for the small amount of water that is readily available to us to be contaminated.

Have you seen Hartbeespoort Dam since the sewage spill was reported? Share your thoughts.

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Water Rationing Now a Reality

After several warnings in the media, people’s worst fears have finally become a reality and water rationing has been implemented. The metro will begin with water rationing measures from Monday, November 7, 2016.

Due to several factors, including non-compliance from some businesses and homes, the Vaal Dam levels have dropped to 25%. This comes after residents and business owners were requested to reduce their water usage by 15%. On Friday, November 4, Germiston City News reported that residents who took it upon themselves to try and save water, managed to save, on average, 3.5% a week. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, the metro now has to take drastic measures.

What Is Water Rationing?

While this is still a relatively new concept, it is similar to load shedding – a measure South Africans are all too familiar with. In essence, water supplies will be temporarily cut off in certain areas for set periods of time. The suggested cut-off times are between 21:00 and 05:00. If we do not heed the warnings and drastically conserve water, we could see these restrictions spill over into daytime hours.

Citizens will be penalised if they do no adhere to the existing restrictions, such as not watering gardens from 06:00 – 18:00, not filling swimming pools and not using hose pipes to wash cars.

We recently saw a water supply interruption in high-lying areas of Kyalami as reservoir levels dropped drastically. Water pressure levels have been reduced throughout all major city areas in an attempt to conserve the little we have left.

While rainfall is predicted in abundance in the coming months, there is no sure-fire way to say when we, as South Africans, can breathe a sigh of relief and see the drought come to an end. Businesses are urged to reassess priorities and switch off any water-powered devices which are not entirely necessary.

Businesses operating with car washes on their premises are urged to section off that area and discourage their employees from unnecessarily washing their cars, inside and outside of business hours.

The situation is dire and everyone is urged to start saving water now.

For more information on water restrictions and water rationing, visit www.ekurhuleni.gov.za

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