What’s In South Africa’s Water?

What’s In South Africa’s Water?

Water; two hydrogen atoms, one oxygen atom. It’s simple enough, right? Not at all!

Most water being marketed as “pure” is entirely subjective, considering that water will contain either some or all of the below, immediately rendering the “pure” title nullified for scientific reasons. See, most water contains things such as micro-organisms, minerals and microscopic impurities.

While the above mentioned substances are in no way a serious health threat – due in part to the insignificant quantities in which they are present – they do actually (in some cases) have benefits.

Think of minerals for example; without minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium present in your water – you’d be left with a very bland tasting drink.

“Pure” water has such little taste that some actually find it off-putting, the reason why most bottled water manufacturers add their own special mix of minerals and flavourants.

Municipal water on the other hand has added ingredients that can, in fact, be harmful; the reason for this is the necessity to add regulated substances, such as fluoride, chlorine and other flavour-enhancing chemicals to be able to supply potable water to the majority of households. Municipalities focus mainly on quantity over quality.

Also consider your municipal water undergoes quite a lengthy route to reach your taps from the reservoirs and aquifers. Acid rain can soak into the soil, and eventually into the water supply itself and cause contamination. Outdated storm and sewer systems may sometimes leach lead or other unsavoury items when the systems are under pressure after heavy rainfall, and groundwater may be contaminated by chemicals leached into the soil from landfills, septic systems as well as unregulated agricultural overflow.

But what can you do about it? A good starting point is to do a quick home-test on your tap water. Start by simply inspecting your water with your eyes! High-quality water is clear. Plain and simple.

Presence of the colours red, orange or a murky-brown are definite indicators of the presence of manganese or iron.

A greenish-bluish tint indicates the presence of copper – possibly stemming from outdated plumbing on your property. Once you’ve done these simple tests, you can eliminate the non-possible causes and save yourself some time.

If you have found cloudy water, allow it to settle before panicking; this is simply and indication of water pressure fluctuations – as murkiness is simply air bubbles in the water.

Microbial contaminants are going to be more tricky to spot – so those will require an actual water testing kit – normally available at hardware or DIY stores.

They are not too costly in any case – so running a test on your water is always a good idea – especially if you have noticed a sudden change from clear to discoloured, foul-smelling or bad tasting water.

While there are stringent measures already in place – municipalities do not concern themselves with “after-the-fact” issues – such as corroded home plumbing or contamination that occurs after the water has left the aquifer.

Installing a home water purification system directly to your tap is an excellent way to ensure a higher-quality water than you are currently using.

The best choice for drinking water however is always going to be a bottled solution – as bottled water manufacturers have exponentially higher standards than municipalities.

We’d love to know if you’ve found any interesting results from testing your municipal water – let us know below!

How Much Water Is Wasted from a Leaking Tap?

How Much Water Is Wasted from a Leaking Tap?

A leaking tap might seem insignificant to most of us; a drop here and there surely can’t be crippling to the water supply, let alone to our pockets.

Thanks to this article published on DorringtonPlumbing.com – some sobering facts have been brought to light.

“Imagine you have a leaking tap which leaks 10 drips of water a minute. After a day it will add up to 14,400 drips, which is equivalent to about 3 litres; after a week it will be 21 litres, after a month will be 90 litres and so on. Depending on how fast the water is dripping, in some cases you could loose up to 20,000 litres of water in a year! (That is enough water to fill a small pool)”

A small pool, you say? Most definitely! Every single one of those small drops adds up to the equivalent of approximately one small pool’s worth of water from EVERY leaking tap in a household, business or centre!

This article works off Australian models for quantity analysis, but we may deem it safe to say that in our country – South Africa – with an excess of 50 million citizens should tighten our seals and get to the bottom of this problem.

The solution to the problem may be as simple as replacing the rubber seal inside the tap fitting – and if more serious – calling out a plumber to check for leaks. While he (or she) is at it – check for any other underground or “not so obvious” leaks around your house. You might surprise yourself with a hugely reduced water bill at month end, simply for exercising some diligence in how much water you may be letting slip through the cracks.
Want to quickly test how much water you might be wasting? Check out this quick link.

Another Australian has made this video to further prove how quickly we can be allowing dwindling water resources to be unnecessarily depleted.

What Is The Recommended Water Intake By Age?

What Is The Recommended Water Intake By Age?

We know that from the time we’re born, our daily water intake changes on a monthly and yearly basis. Babies under the age of 6 months should not ingest water by itself whatsoever – as it fills their stomachs unnecessarily and may lead to malnutrition as they will consume less and less milk or formula. The recommended guideline for infants and children are as follows: Babies and infants need 0.7 to 0.8 litres of water daily (700-800ml) from breast milk or formula. They should not be taking water in on it’s own.

Small children need 1.3 litres to 1.7 litres every day. Boys and girls age 9 to 13 need 2.5 litres every day.

In our teens and twenties – it’s imperative we drink as much water as we can without becoming sick. We are at the peak of our mental and physical vitality at this age; when going through puberty, teenagers need to up their water intake to flush out pimple-causing toxins, as well as provide them with enough hydration for leading such busy lifestyle s- including school, college, after-school activities and sports.

The need for a relatively high water intake continues well into adulthood – and the suggested daily guideline is 3 litres (about 14 glasses) of total fluids a da – for men, and 2.2 litres (about 10 glasses) a day for women. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should increase this slightly – to whichever safe capacity they can handle – in order to sustain the extra demand on their bodies.

 

As we age, we tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles – and as such consume less water. Unfortunately, ailments such as incontinence can drastically affect the amount of fluids an elderly person may want to take in – but it’s vital that they do maintain a daily fluid intake of no less than a litre per day. Keep in mind that by the time a person feels thirsty, they have already lost a substantial amount of water and are experiencing dehydration. In an elderly person this could be a much bigger problem – so even if they are deriving their fluid intake from tea and cordials – they too need to be on top of their water intake game.

Want the good news? Water intake can be derived from more than just consuming plain water!

“Although it’s a good idea to have water ready at all times, food can also provide fluids. Typically, food provides about 20% of total water intake. Many fruits and veggies, watermelon and tomatoes for instance, are 90% water by weight.

Similarly, milk and juice are mostly water. Beer, wine, and caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, or soft drinks can add more, but these must not be a major part of your daily total water consumption.

Plain water is your best choice because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive, and easily accessible. Most important, it’s what your body needs!”
Excerpts from caloriebee.com.

Does Water Have A Taste?

Does Water Have A Taste?

I bet you my bottom dollar (or rand, whichever you prefer) you’ve at least once heard someone tell you the reason they don’t drink water is because they don’t like the taste. Your likely response was one f two things: “Yes, plain water definitely doesn’t taste great “or “Seriously? Water doesn’t even have a taste”.

If you fall into the latter category – I apologize in advance.

“Scientists from Caltech university, in California in the US, conducted the test on mice. The team had the mice drink water and then monitored their tongues.

They found that the taste sensors that were stimulated were the sour ones”.

Yep. Apparently, the taste simulated by water is received as sour on our taste buds!

Another suggestion from the research is that our tongues can sense when we’re drinking water.

“Many insect species are known to ‘taste’ water, so we imagined that mammals also might have a machinery in the taste system for water detection,” Professor Oka says.

“The tongue can detect various key nutrient factors, called tastants – such as sodium, sugar and amino acids – through taste. However, how we sense water in the mouth was unknown.”

Information courtesy of YOU magazine

Why Your Office Needs a Hot Water Dispenser This Winter

Why Your Office Needs a Hot Water Dispenser This Winter

Ah, winter; the season of crisp morning air, early sunsets and – if you work in an office – a queue for the kettle that is longer than the wait for the next episode of Game of Thrones.  With many offices not being totally geared-up for winter (imagine shivering employees secretly swapping their work shoes for slippers under their desks), warm drinks are all that many office workers can hope for in terms of warmth.  With this being the case, waiting ages for a cup of coffee simply won’t do.  Enter the office hero: the instant hot water dispenser!
If your office is a bit on the drafty side and central heating just isn’t on the cards, consider the benefits of a hot and cold water dispenser.  Here are two big ones:

How a Hot and Cold Water Cooler Will Benefit Your Office

1. Employee Happiness and Productivity
Let’s be honest; being cold can make someone miserable.  Employees that are too cold at their desks aren’t going to be inspired to do their work.  This can be solved with the simplicity of a piping hot cup of coffee, but having to wait ages to be able to use the office kettle isn’t going to help matters.
This can be easily remedied with an instant hot water dispenser.  While kettles can only boil a few cups’ worth of water at a time, and take a long time to heat the water, water from a hot water dispenser is always hot and in abundant supply.  This way, employees always have hot water when they need it and the company doesn’t lose valuable time as employees queue to use the kettle.  It’s win-win!
2. Energy Savings
It may only be a small appliance, but if your run the kettle ‘round the clock you’re going to rack up some pretty significant electricity bills.  A hot and cold water dispenser, on the other hand, requires less energy to run.  This means a heap of savings over and above the fact that hot water dispensers are more convenient than kettles.

A Hot and Cold Water Cooler Is the Ultimate Office Accessory

One of the best things about a dispenser that offers both hot and cold water is the fact that it can be used all year ‘round.  The hot water will be welcome during the winter months and then, as the sun starts packing more heat into its rays, the cold water will be the refreshment of choice around the office.
If the unwelcome cold is starting to creep into your office this winter, it’s definitely time to get hold of a hot and cold water dispenser!

South Africa’s Tap Water Simply Not Up To Scratch

South Africa’s Tap Water Simply Not Up To Scratch

In a video posted by eNCA in May of 2016, reported Theresa Taylor reports on th state of affairs in South Africa’s tap water system.

She opens her discussion with the statement we have somewhat come to pride ourselves on – that “South Africa has some of the best drinking water in the world”. You’ve also heard that, haven’t you?

Well, it’s not entirely true – but also – not entirely false. In a survey conducted in 2001, The United Nations Environment Programme ranked South Africa’s tap water 47th out of a possible 122 countries qualifying for safe drinking water. Yes, this is the top 50, but when you’re scraping by in just less than half way to the bottom – perhaps the accreditation of “…some of the best water” is going a step too far. Did you note the date stamp on that ranking? 16 years ago. Much has changed since then.

Somehow, South African’s have had their blinkers on – living in the land of milk and honey has allowed them to continue believing that we have prime drinking water. In fact, 88% of South African’s still stand firm in this belief to this day.

Their beliefs seem to be inversely proportional to the facts that speak for themselves; South Africa’s water quality has dropped by 8% (down from 88% in 2012 to 80% in 2014) according to the Blue Drop water rating system.

Now it’s not only the fact that undesirable waste may (even microscopically) end up in your water, but whatever medication, pesticides and other contaminants that make their way into this water which is so poorly cleaned, you are inadvertently ingesting it yourself! Unless you are boiling your water and allowing it to chill (which, even then does not entirely remove all the contaminants) – you are putting yourself and your family at a major risk.

UPDATE: The findings of the WHO (World Health Organisation) released, in May of 2018, ranked SA water as some of the cleanest and safest worldwide. You can read the full article here.  “South Africa is among the top six African countries with safely managed drinking water sources, with 93% of the population receiving access to it. Mauritius has the highest number of residents accessing safe water at 100% of the population.”

What’s the safest bet? Ditch the tap water. A the very least, boil your tap water and put it through a carbon filter before drinking. The best possible option is to invest in a water cooler, where you can have uncompromised, premium-quality water on tap all the time.

For the full video report posted on eNCA – head on over here.

Source credit: eNCA

Aquazania Purified Water vs Soft Drinks: Which is Better?

Aquazania Purified Water vs Soft Drinks: Which is Better?

 

I think all of us have already concluded without needing to read anything furtehr than the headline here that water is undoubtedly better for you than a soft drink is. Some will argue that “they’re here for a good time, not a long time” – and the likes. But just how much better or worse is water when compared with a soft drink?

Adults are supposed to drink around 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy.  Note – that’s water, not liquid.  We know that water – more specifically – water from an Aquacooler – is far healthier than soft drinks and other kinds of sweetened drinks.

But, why is it so much better for us? We pitted water from an Aquacooler against soft drinks in order to discover why, and here is what we found:

1. Hydration

hydration

The body loses about 2 litres of water a day. Drinking the equivalent of this amount of water simply replaces the water, helping keep dehydration at bay (and all the undesirable side-effects that come with it). Soft drinks don’t provide the same hydration levels such as water from an aqua cooler water dispenser.  And, to make matters worse, the caffeine in them can actually increase dehydration.

2. Oral Hygiene

oral hygiene

Soft drinks contain large amounts of sugar and acid. This can have disastrous effects on your teeth over time, breaking down their layer of protective enamel and leading to cavities and decay. Water, on the other hand, has absolutely no negative effect on your teeth – which is why you rinse with water after brushing your teeth. In fact, drinking a glass of water after you eat can help rinse your mouth and keep your teeth clean.

3. Weight Maintenance

weight maintenance

 

If you like to watch your figure, drinking soft drinks is certainly not going to help you.  A 330 ml can of soda can contain up to 150 calories, thanks to its excessively high sugar content. That means that, if you were to drink two cans of soft drink a day for a month, you’d be consuming about 2.25 kilograms of sugar and roughly 9000 calories over that period. Water, on the other hand, helps keep your digestive system working properly, and can thus help you lose weight.

Going back to the dehydration factor, even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism significantly. So, by drinking healthy water every day, you help your body burn off fat and keep your figure looking good.

Aqua Cooler Price vs Benefits

Looking at the above benefits, surely no Aquacooler price could be too high. But, as it turns out, Aquacoolers are both exceptionally useful and very reasonably priced. So, for a good decision that might just turn your life around, ditch soft drinks in favour of pure water and contact Aquazania today for a aqua cooler price!

Why Do Water Coolers Do Weird Things?

Why Do Water Coolers Do Weird Things?

Water Coolers go bump in the night, amongst so many other strange and wonderful things. We chat about the weirdest things water coolers do, and why!

Why Do Water Coolers Bubble?

Have you dispensed a cup of water from your water coolers’ taps, to see it bubble like crazy as soon as you stop dispensing the water? That’s all because of the internal tanks inside your water cooler. See, there are (typically) two tanks, but always at least one. These tanks house hot and cold water, and this is where the water is kept at the right temperature. When you dispense a cup of water, that tank begins to deplete. To make sure you have a constant supply of cooled or heated water, the tanks need immediate refilling. The bubbling you see is a rapid refilling of these tanks!

Why Do Water Coolers Freeze Up?

So, we’ve already discussed how a water cooler works .

Understanding that your water cooler makes use of an “ice ring” or “ice bank” to energy-efficiently keep your water ice cold will lead you to this answer. It can sometimes happen that this ice either becomes dislodged, or with sufficient force, a piece is broken off and makes it’s way into the stream of water dispensed from your cooler. All you need to do to remedy this situation is to switch off your water cooler for about 10 minutes, to allow some of the dislodged ice to dissolve back into the water. This is commonplace in Winter months where we do not require as much of a “chill” as we do in Summer months, where the ambient temperature assists in keeping dislodged ice at bay.

Why Is There a Delay on My Hot Water Tap?

You may have noticed a small delay when you dispense from you hot water tap; it dispenses a few drops, there’s a momentary lag, and then the water starts flowing again – and the bubbles we mentioned before make their way to the top of the bottle. This is because of a small air pocket that forms inside of the machine after waiting a little while before dispensing your last cup of hot water. That’s why you’ll notice this more first thing in the morning, or when you return home at night. It’s noting to worry about and is remedied with a little bit of patience.

Why Do Water Coolers Leak?

Before we assume out water cooler is leaking, it’s always a good idea to check that there are no office or home) gremlins playing with the taps, or that your drip tray is perhaps not over-filled. Giving due diligence to things like this can add to the lifespan of your water cooler, and save you a lot of unnecessary worry and call-outs. 9 out of 10 times, if you have checked faulty taps and drip trays, water cooler leaks are the result of a leaking water bottle and not from the cooler itself. This may be the result of a hairline crack in the bottle which alters the pressure within the cooler from the normal “vacuum”. The pressure change draws water into the tank and causes it to overflow. The solution? If the problem arose when you placed a new bottle onto your cooler, try replacing that bottle to see if it causes the leaking to stop.

Why Is My Water Not Getting Cold?

First port of call is always to check whether your water cooler is plugged in and switched on. If that is not the cause, the next most likely reason behind your water cooler not being cold is usage. Remember that the internal tanks that are responsible for chilling your water also have their limitations – most likely an output of around 4 – 5 litres of chilled water per hour. If you have 20 people each filling a 500ml bottle, it may be likely that the water has just not had sufficient time to properly be chilled.

Why Does My Bottled Water Have An Expiry Date?

Why Does My Bottled Water Have An Expiry Date?

So we’ve all heard the sometimes hard to believe fact that all water available to us on this planet is the same water from eons ago. Water is not created, destroyed or lost – it is simply always in a state of flux in the water system.
So colour me silly when I buy a bottle of water and it has an expiry date! We explain why this is a vital quality assurance measure and the logic behind it.

Bottled water – whether it be from a spring, a mountain or from a municipal supply – usually undergoes some sort of filtration or purification process.

Subsequent to this process, the water is usually bottled and capped immediately, and the expiration date is normally around 12 months from production. This “expiration” date is not really indicative of a time span during which the water will “go off” or be unsuitable to drink- but is put in as a safety precaution for the consumer because of the possibility of the bottle itself contaminating the water.

Most water suppliers use plastic bottles which (unfortunately) contain BPA. Unless your water bottle is made from PET (or PETE) – you do stand at risk for some of those chemicals leeching into your water if it has been allowed to stand for too long. Some other porous materials in which water is bottled will allow for ambient smells and tastes to leech into your water as well, and while that doesn’t pose a health risk, it’s not exactly something you want to happen to your water supply.

Another possible reason for bottled water having an expiration date is that some major water bottling companies bottle soft-drinks from the same factory out of which the bottled water is produced. We know that soft-drinks (inversely to plain water) do expire – and in an effort to streamline efficiency and time management – it is simply much easier to stamp all the bottles than to leave out one specific bottle type.

Aquazania makes use of Virgin PET plastic to produce our very own, BPA-free 21.8litre purified water bottles; while we do stamp our bottles with both a production and expiration date – this is done solely to assure our customers that the water which they are receiving is recently bottled – and the expiration date is added to help the customer keep tabs on how long the bottle of water has been standing.

 

Image Credit – Fantoosy

What Is Thirst?

What Is Thirst?

I can safely say there isn’t one single, healthy human being on this planet who hasn’t experienced thirst at some or other stage of their life. We know thirst as that dry, annoying and sometimes desperate feeling in our throats, mouths and bodies that alerts us to the fact that we need to drink something. That “something” is usually water – which is what quenches our thirst the best.

But, what makes us thirsty?

Science tells us thirst can be attributed to four major influencers:

Hypertonicity:

Cellular dehydration acts via an osmoreceptor mechanism in the hypothalamus.

Plain English – our cells in our body are shrivelling up from insufficient water intake. Our brains tell us we need to drink water.

Hypovolaemia:

Low volume is sensed via the low pressure baroreceptors in the great veins and right atrium.

Plain English – our hearts and veins pick up a drop in pressure caused by dehydration.

Hypotension:

The high pressure baroreceptors in carotid sinus & aorta provide the sensors for this input.

Plain English – Our hearts are already under pressure to pump oxygenated blood – and with “low blood pressure” they send a message to our brains telling us to increase our water intake.

Angiotensin II:

This is produced consequent to the release of renin by the kidney (eg in response to renal hypotension)

Plain English – when our kidneys come under fire, due to being under strain in filtering out toxins or simply not having sufficient water available to assist filtration, a hormone is secreted into our blood triggering the thirst mechanism.

Thirst Is Science In Action

Thirst is one of the most primitive and easily remedied functions our bodies are capable of inducing. Thirst isn’t a response to external stimuli, as sometimes hunger can be, but is rather a message from pretty much anywhere in our bodies which may be in need of water. It’s vital to remember, though, that when we sense thirst – we are already dehydrated, so try not to let it get to the point of being parched, but rather keep hydrated throughout the day to avoid feeling “not-so-great”.

Information sourced from anaestehsiamcq.com