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Don’t Rely On Water Companies for your Water Purification

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by admin No Comments

A water quality problem in Kingston, Jamaica, recently forced residents there to turn to various drinking water purification solutions.

For most people that involves buying bottled water to make sure that they don’t get affected by the various contaminants and bacteria that can find their way into drinking water. You can also boil your water to purify it, as we do when making tea or coffee.

Kingston Drinking Water Problem

Kingston Recently Suffered a Drinking Water Problem

However bottled water has both a large environmental and financial cost. You pay a premium for something that should be free and then have to chuck away plastic bottles which take a massive toll on the environment.

Instead, why not choose a long term solution as recommended by your local pure water consultants, Aquatec Bristol?

Aquatec allows you to pay a one off cost for a complete water treatment unit which can be installed in your home and provide life-long protection to your family.

That way you can wrap a ring of protection around your loved ones and prevent them from getting the nasty bacteria and viruses that cause viruses and gastrointestinal diseases.

Bad experiences have taught us that no matter what part of the world we live in and how developed it is, we cannot just rely on our water companies to provide clean water as they are dealing with a complex distribution system that is always subject to mistakes.

Yet clean water is among the human rights outlined by the World Health Organisation as one of the main contributory factors to acceptable health levels. Their directives state that a country’s water supply must be screened against chemicals, bacteria and other pollutants.

The benefits of drinking, washing and cooking with pure water are multiple, from keeping you hydrated to helping to lessen the affects of various skin ailments.  That means that water purification equipment could be one of the soundest investments that you could ever make.

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Wessex Water Treatment Report Highlights Poor Waste Management

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by admin No Comments

The Wessex Water team has released an insight into all the work they put into water treatment process and waste management in the autumn issue of their quarterly magazine.

For those who think they are drinking pure water it is a shocking insight into the challenges faced by the water company to make the local water supply safe.

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Wessex Water Explains Its Catchment Program

 

Wessex Water Treatment Process

Wessex Water prides itself on having been the first water company to set up a catchment program to work together with local farmers. The program is designed to reduce the amounts of pesticides and fertilizers which were finding their way into the water supply.

The Wessex catchments and hydrogeology manager Paul Stanfield said: “Building treatment plans to remove potential contaminants is the traditional way of treating drinking water. But this approach has a high cost and high carbon footprint. We wanted to find a more sustainable solution and so turned to the catchment program.”

Mr Stanfield went on to explain how his team of advisers set about contacting all the farmers and landowners in the area so that they could come to an understanding and work together. As far as he is concerned it is about raising awareness to prevent water pollution. That involves making sure that contaminants such as pesticides and slurry do not get in contact with the drinking supply.

Wessex estimates that the catchment management program has saved the company nearly £75 million in water treatment costs.

Water companies do treat all water, but as water is recycled the safest way to drink pure water in your household can be to invest in a personal water filtration system. With 18 years of experience in the business, Aquatec Bristol is a trusted family company that you can deal with for all your UK water purification needs.

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How safe ‘really’ is our tap water for drinking?

Posted on: September 27th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Ever wonder why we seem to be susceptible to an ever-increasing number of strange illnesses? A simple answer may be that in many areas of our country, our drinking water probably contains a cocktail of chemical compounds.

Why? Because, lots of the drugs and chemical compounds produced by the ever-growing pharmaceutical industry are not broken down by our body’s internal systems, but go straight into our urine. So, when you think of the millions of these big pharma drugs that are produced each year, then it is hardly surprising that many unwanted complex chemical compounds are finding their way into our drinking water.

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How safe is our Tap water to Drink

So while many pharmaceuticals are life-savers, they also leave a chemical footprint that can interfere with complex biological functions in totally unpredictable ways. The sheer scale of the problem is reflected by the fact that Pfizer Consumer Healthcare – the manufacturer of Anadin the well known painkiller, alone sold an estimated 27 million packets over the counter in 2007.

Then there are the medications, hormones and antibiotics which are given to farm animals in seemingly ever increasing doses, all of which ends up in the soil – by one means or the other – and that’s not mentioning the sheer colossal mega tonnage of fertiliser for our cereals – which are all water soluble! Water is all recycled, so whether these complex chemical compounds enter the water system directly or from our digestive system, they all end up in our drinking water.

Data collected by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that the body only metabolises 20% of drugs like atenolol which are taken by people who have high blood-pressure. While all wastewater is treated, it is not specifically aimed at removing drug residues and the UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has reported that the treatment process could make it worse – ‘Concentrations of some compounds have been found to increase during the treatment process, probably as a consequence of the transformation of conjugates back to the parent compound’. That is why in 2004 the Environment Agency had to issue a caution that there were small levels of Prozac found in the UK drinking water supply. One of the drugs contained in Prozac, fluoxetine, has been shown by research to be difficult to break down. Then in 2008 the Associated Press conducted an experiment which showed that there are traces of all sorts of prescription medicines in our drinking water such as mood stabilisers and antibiotics.

(And more recently), the UK Water Treatment Regulation body is monitoring the levels of the hormone oestrogen which is found in most drinking water supplies; to make sure that it is not harming humans or endangered wildlife – Perturbed?  You might be! Just Google the affect oestrogen has on trout populations.

The upshot of all this is that although our drinking water is not completely clean or free of problematical substances, it’s still deemed ‘fit to drink’ by most water supply companies who by the way, charge you ever increasing rates for this ‘service’. By the way, next time you talk to your water supply company, ask them if they supply a guaranteed source of ‘drinking water’; you might get a surprise.

Most of us still drink tap water because we have no other choice, unless you choose to invest in your own drinking water filtration system, or choose the grossly expensive and totally ‘un-green’ bottled drinking water supplied by every grocer that can put ‘a pallet in’.

But if most people truly knew ‘what’ is in their drinking water, would they not choose the safer option? Taking water purification into their hands and therefore guaranteeing the quality and palatability of the water that their family consumed every single day of their lives.

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Water Purification Makes Great Tea

Posted on: September 26th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Tea is one of the staples of British life and its worldwide popularity is a mark of the strong influence of the British Empire.

However tea has been around for more than 5,000 years having originated in China. While western cultures used to make water safe to drink by brewing it to produce beer, in the Orient water was boiled and infused with tea leaves. Just as there are now thousands of beers, over the years that tea-making process has been greatly refined.

Water purification for tea making

Water purification improves tea making

Although tea contains caffeine, it is widely accepted to have a calming effect and the tea-making process has become something of an art form.

People have become particular about how their tea is brewed, assessing everything from the quality of the tea bags, to the quality of the milk and the water.

But as tea is mostly made up of water, the water quality has the biggest single influence on the tea quality.

Water Purification for Tea

Too many minerals are the biggest single barrier to poor tea quality and therefore water purification systems can massively improve the quality of your tea drinking experience.

That is because the majority of tap water contains chlorine in order to eliminate bacteria and chlorine impairs water quality. There will also be traces of sediments and other minerals such as chalk which can have a negative effect on the taste of tea.

Therefore UK residents who live in areas which have poor water quality should definitely invest in a water purification system if they want to have tea which is free from contaminants.

Your home water treatment unit also makes sure that there is soft water rather than hard water. This is good for the longevity of your kettle as well as preventing you from having tea that looks as dark and murky as it tastes.

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Water Purification Can Help Prevent Psoriasis

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Psoriasis is chronic skin disease caused by a genetic fault that causes skin cells to multiply until they build up hard, scaly red and white patches.

The word Psoriasis comes from the Greek for itchy and the condition can be hereditary (or caused by an allergic reaction) but it is not contagious.

 

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Tap Water Banned in Cancer Centre

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 by admin No Comments

A cancer centre in New York, USA, has had to use specially purified water after finding traces of harmful bacteria in the tap water supply.

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre was left in shock over the weekend after a routine water sample came back with traces of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Both patients and staff were immediately told to stop using tap water for drinking or washing.

As a further precaution bottled water was issued to everyone in the 470 bed cancer centre which is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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The Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre Had a Legionnaires Scare

But Dr Kent Sepkowitz, the director of the Cancer Centre infection control, said that there was no need to panic unduly.

He explained: “The bacteria are not transmitted from one person to another and the risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease is very low.”

However the reason that the hotel has had to recommend stoppage of tapwater use is because inhaling contaminated water can still transmit the disease.

Coincidentally the cancer centre had just admitted a patient who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. A further 100 patients who had access to the water supply surrounding the hospital were tested negative.

Dr. Sepkowitz explained: “We knew about the patient diagnosis late Thursday but learnt about the water contamination on Friday.”

“We determined who was exposed to water from that area of the hospital and tested them all. None of them showed evidence of the infection.”

Therefore the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre must work with city and state health departments to determine if the patient contracted the disease before or after arriving. The patient has not been identified but has responded well to antibiotics. Further tests will be carried out to isolate the source of the infection.

Results are being sent to a lab in Pittsburg and will be expected back by the end of this week.

Because contaminated drinking water can potentially lead to devastating diseases, Aquatec Bristol recommends using a scientifically advanced water purification system create pure drinking water.

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Water Softeners May Alleviate Eczema

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by admin No Comments

A recent survey has found that Eczema is the biggest childhood skin disease in the UK.

A study carried out by the British Skin Foundation found that 88% of 123 dermatologists believed childhood eczema had become a big problem. Indeed it is estimated to affect one fifth of the children in the UK.

Eczema tends to be concentrated around the inside of the ankles, knees and elbows as well as the face and neck.

However there is some indication that hard water may cause eczema, and that by extension soft water could help to alleviate the condition.

Water Softeners Alleviate Eczema

Water Purification Systems Could Help Alleviate Eczema

The Department of Health ran a study to see whether there was any link between hard water and eczema and while the results were inconclusive there were some individual cases results which may be of interest to sufferers of this awful disease.

Eczema makes skin so dry that it is unbearably itchy and uncomfortable. But one mother in the study said she had seen a “dramatic improvement” in her son’s condition after using a water softener for 12 weeks.

Anne Marie’s son Dylan had developed atopic eczema which caused horrendous skin blistering.

She explained her torment: “Dylan had bleeding sores, and even changing him was heart-breaking. Every time his skin was exposed, he started scratching. And he wouldn’t sleep for more than an hour without waking up to scratch. We had about a dozen different creams on prescription and I was at my wit’s end.”

But only two weeks after using the water softener there were amazing results. After the study the water softener treatment was stopped and Dylan’s conditioned returned so the family bought their own water purification system to eliminate hard water.

Study coordinator Professor Tara Dean of Portsmouth University said: “If water softeners are found to improve the symptoms of eczema it will be a breakthrough for both patients and doctors.”

While no hard evidence has been found yet, there are years of anecdotal testimony. It may be that soft water requires less detergent to be used for clothes washing – and detergents have been proven to irritate the skin of eczema sufferers.

 

Read more on our water purification systems and how they stop the effects of hard water on skin.

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Asbestos Causes Pure Water Concerns

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments

The news that Chew Valley Lake has become a dumping ground for asbestos is a clear a vindication of the need for pure drinking water.

Can residents of the surrounding Somerset area really have peace of mind that their family and loved ones are going to be safe when these deadly silicate minerals have entered the local water system?

Certainly the establishment seems to be unwilling to do anything about it as North East Somerset Council and Bath Council have approved the asbestos dumping proposals.

Asbestos in Drinking Water

Chew Valley Lake Will Be The Scene of Asbestos Dumping

They will see a staggering 645,000 tonnes of asbestos dumped at Stowey Quarry near Bishop Sutton.

It is no wonder that residents are up in arms – asbestos has proven links to cancer and a variety of respiratory diseases and the proximity of the asbestos dumping to the Bristol water supply is troubling. Bristol Water representatives and parish councillors are also opposing the plans.

They will be among those making up a protest rally which has been organised by the Stop Stowey Quarry Asbestos Landfill Group.

However the council says it has done independent research which shows that the water will not be contaminated by the asbestos dumping. Especially as this is white asbestos which is commonly found in many existing water pipes.

Council spokesman James Hinchcliffe told This is Somerset: “The Environment Agency was fully consulted on the planning application and had no objections.

“We were therefore satisfied that the potential impacts of the proposal on the environment had been fully considered and a refusal of planning permission on these grounds would not have been justified.

“The comments raised by Bristol Water led to additional work being undertaken by an independent hydrogeologist and their findings were reviewed by a hydrogeologist from another company.

“Both reached the same conclusion that the risk to water pollution was considered to be negligible.”

However Bristol Water retorted: “We were disappointed with the planning decision but it has been made. We have made our concerns very clear to all those involved, including the Environment Agency.”

It all comes down to the decision of whether you want to take a ‘negligible’ risk on your health, or whether securing pure water for your family is a decision worth making.

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Natural Water Purification

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Water treatment is becoming a growing concern with the proliferation of the world population and the rise of chemicals and toxicants in the water.

There are some places on the earth that benefit from natural water filtration thanks to geographical properties. Among them is the Caribbean island of Barbados which is made out of coralstone – a perfect natural water filter.

Drinking water in Barbados has been among the best in the world (and is one of the factors which leads to their excellent rum production) because it all filters through the coral into underground reservoirs.

Natural Water Purification in Barbados

Barbados Has Natural Water Filtration

Scientists have studied this natural water purification process, hoping to adapt it and use it for water filtration in other parts of the world that are not so lucky as to have great water and great rum.

This groundwater system, known as a karst aquifer, allows water to percolates through porous limestone collect in underground traps. To avoid the contamination of water that occurs from fertilisers and other harmful chemicals, they aim to mimic this process by aping the cracks in the rock that cause the filtration. Using complex techniques they can now model these cracks and recreate them to create safe, pure drinking water for everyone.

At Aquatec, our water purification systems provide those not fortunate enough to live in Barbados with 98 – 99% pure water for your entire household – find out more about our water filtration process and how it makes our customers happy.

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Water Wastage: England Goes Down The Drain

Posted on: September 5th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments

One of the most ludicrous aspects of living in England is the constant hose-pipe bans and ‘droughts’ in a country where it rains almost every day.

However, the situation has apparently got so bad that we now need desalination plants. The only other country I have been to which suffers from drought problems is Cyprus, a country which is right next to the Middle East and experiences blistering summer temperatures in the high 30’s and low 40’s degrees Celsius.

While England has many good qualities, dry weather is not among them. Being caught in a downpour is a regular occurrence while flooding also happens all too often. The problem that the country has is a hopelessly outdated plumbing system which causes water to be constantly wasted through leaking. The water companies spend precious little time trying to fix the problem and instead lecture the general public about water wastage.

In fact Thames Water had the cheek to recently send around a notice accusing women of using too much water while shaving. This prompted angry responses as the company loses a staggering 915 million litres per day through water leakage.

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A Desalination Plant Will be Opened in the UK

We are talking about a drastic, ridiculous state of affairs given that desalination is incredibly expensive and environmentally unfriendly.

Thames Water has decided on the desalination plant, but in fact it consumes twice as much energy as traditional methods of water treatment. And the plant will cost a whopping £270 million to build. Thames Water however denied that they were building the plant out of necessity, but said that they had decided on this course of action because they need to fine tune testing of their products.

Spokesman Simon Evans said: “We began using the desalination plant at one-sixth output on March 30, not because we need to but as part of the fine-tuning of the works and the training of its operators, and we have been using it intermittently since then.”

Thames Water provides 2,600 million litres of water a day to 8.7 million people in the London area.

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