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World Water Week Talking Points

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by admin 1 Comment

World Water Week is taking place this September with access to pure water for the global population being the main talking point.

A staggering 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water, which is around 12% of the total world population of 9 million.

World Water Week aims to communicate with a large cross section of communities from the conference platform in Stockholm and address these pressing concerns.

A great deal of work will have to be done to correct the massive imbalance in distributing the world’s resources. Currently too many people go without clean water for drinking, bathing and cooking.

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World Water Week will be discussing water conservation

Experts have said that we cannot continue to waste water in the western world as we do at present, especially as the population is predicted to hugely increase with another two billion people on the planet by 2050.

Academics, businesses, governments, NGOs and scientists will attend World Water Week to discuss how to maximise efficiency in water production. This in turned is inextricably linked to food production and human health.

Global problems have their solutions in local habits and, although the main focus of water conservation is focused on farmers, we can all do our bit. Installing the Aquatec home water purification system means that you can use water in your home more efficiently. Purifying and softening water to remove contaminants allows it work harder in your home and lower your energy output (and bills) in the process.

The World Water Week panel of experts will be in a public discussion on Thursday September 6 from 2-4pm (BST).

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Scots Warned Not to Drink Tap Water

Posted on: August 24th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Scottish Water has issued a health warning that tap water in hundreds of homes may not be safe to drink or cook with.

After talking to experts the water supplier ascertained that there was a water quality problem with the tap water on the Woodilee estate in Lenzie, near Glasgow. The alert began after complaints about the taste, smell and colour of water in homes.

At first Scottish Water warned the 192 residents there not to bathe or wash with the water on the Woodilee estate either, but officials say it is now safe.

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Hundreds of Scots were warned about unsafe tap water.

However, families should still not drink the tap water or use it to brush their teeth, prepare food or anything for babies such as baby food or disinfecting equipment.

The warning stated “water should not be used for preparing food including ice cubes and salads, preparing pet food or washing open wounds. The water can be used for flushing toilets and for washing clothes and dishes. But water used for dishes should be hot and the dishes should be dried thoroughly.”

Scottish Water will inform customers when the alert is lifted. In the meantime the cause of the problem is being investigated. Samples have been taken for water testing and bottled water is being handed out at the estate. The advice was issued after Scottish Water liaised with the public health consultant at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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Great Scottish Swim Called Off

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

A popular Scottish event, the Great Scottish Swim, has been called off due to poor water quality.

The Great Scottish Swim was due to be held in Strathclyde Country Park, which is also the venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games triathlon.

However organisers were forced to cancel the event after a quality control test detected high levels of blue green algae which could have been potentially harmful to swimmers by putting them at risk of infection.

Great Scottish Swim called off

The Great Scottish Swim was called off due to bacteria in the water.

In June the loch had to be closed to swimmers because of an outbreak of illness. That led the North Lanarkshire Council to commission a water quality test in conjunction with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other environmental bodies.

Even though there was another venue which was a backup in case of occurrences like this, this venue was also contaminated with the algae.

The Great Scottish Swim was part of a nationwide Great Swim series, which offered ½ mile, 1 mile and 2 mile swims.

Alex Jackson, event director of the Great Swim Series said: “The safety of our swimmers and their families remains our main priority. The strict guidelines that are in place mean, for us, there is an unacceptable level of risk.

“We had hoped to find an alternative venue, and extensive research was done to this end. An event of this size requires considerable infrastructure which immediately discounted some very good options. We had identified a promising location with full operational plans in place, but unfortunately, as of Sunday, water quality here has deteriorated also, and it is no longer suitable.”

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Supermarkets Accused of Selling Bottled Tap Water

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by admin No Comments

A Telegraph article has alleged that own brand bottled water which is on sale by UK supermarkets is in fact tap water.

Costing 17p for two litres, Smartprice Still Water from Asda and Everyday Value Still Water from Tesco are filtered directly from the mains supply, says the article. This is in spite of the fact that the basic water brands are being sold on the same shelf as upmarket brands like Perrier and Evian.

The supermarkets claim that they are saving the customer time and money by putting tap water through a filtration process which many customers choose to do anyway when they buy water filters.

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Tesco and Asda have been accused of selling bottled tap water

Asda said in a statement: “Our Smart Price water is treated to remove chlorine, further filtered, then bottled. If sparkling, carbon dioxide is added for a bit of fizz. The label on the bottle tells our customers just that.

“Our two litre bottle is 17p. For comparison – if a customer bought a Brita water filter jug at £16 and used it for the recommended 40 gallons, it would cost 21p to produce two litres of filtered water.

“We’re saving our customers time and money – as well as providing a container.”

Meanwhile a Tesco spokesperson was quoted as saying: “Our Everyday Value Still Water goes through a complex filtration process to improve the taste and remove impurities.

“Tesco sells a wide range of waters to suit all tastes and budgets. All of our products are clearly labelled so customers know what they are buying.”

If you are concerned about the quality of your mains water or bottled water, contact Aquatec today. Our home water purification systems guarantee up to 98% water purity.

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Takeover Rumours Swirl Around UK Water Companies

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Rumours of takeovers of UK water companies have swirled around the stock market due to share price spikes.

Indeed the largest provider of water in the UK, United Utilities, saw the share price rise to 4.9%, according to the Huffington Post. Pennon and Severn Trent also had share spikes.

Potential takeover candidates for UK water companies are all likely to come from the Middle East and the Far East, with China especially active.

The China Investment Corporation is one of the sovereign wealth funds which may be weighing a bid for United Utilities.

 

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The China Investment Corporation is considering a bid for United Utilities.

David Battersby, investment manager for Redmayne-Bentley, told the Huffington Post:”Many think the market is in fact cheap at the moment. However, with no proper end in sight for the Euro, investors are not investing for growth due the risk of a country exit.”

It is not thought that there will be any effect on consumers if the water companies change hands as the new owners would want to keep the company name strong by using the existing brand currency.

However this non-involvement could not be guaranteed for smaller water companies and Chancellor George Osborne’s has said that he is doing his upmost to attract Chinese investors.

Only last year the Northumbrian Water company has been taken over by a Hong Kong based investment consortium. Therefore other local water companies are not exempt from foreign attention.

Currently UK water is highly regulated by Ofwat but some are calling for a relaxation of regulations to make mergers between smaller water providers easier.

If you are concerned about the quality of water coming out of your tap, contact Aquatec – the Pure Water People today. We use a unique process to purify and soften water, making it 100% safe to drink.

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Report Highlights Threat of Fracking to Water Reserves

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Report on Fracking

A new report has laid bare the dangers that the fracking industry poses to water in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Stony Brook University in New York carried out an investigation into contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing wells producing natural gas.

Induced hydraulic fracturing is used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction.

This process, known as fracking, is seen by some as a vital source of renewable energy, but by others as a huge threat to the state of pure water the world over as it creates a substantial amount of wastewater.

Fracking involves pumping fluids underground into shale formations to release pockets of natural gas that are then pumped to the surface.

The concern is that fractured fluids migrate through underground fractures into drinking water with petroleum, gas and its associated chemicals proving highly harmful to humans when ingested.

The report says that even in the best case scenario wastewater disposal from an individual well would potentially release 202 m3 of contaminated fluids.

The problem requires additional safeguards from the water industry to prevent radon, radium and other radioactive materials from finding their way into drinking water.

As a result, regulators and other authorities should consider additional mandatory steps to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination from salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, such as uranium, radium and radon from the rapidly expanding fracking industry, according to the report.

The new findings and recommendations come amid significant controversy over the benefits and environmental risks associated with fracking. The practice, which involves pumping fluids underground into shale formations to release pockets of natural gas that are then pumped to the surface, creates jobs and promotes energy independence, but also produces a substantial amount of wastewater.

In May, Chevron and ExxonMobil shareholders filed proposals asking the companies to disclose risks to their operations and finances from hydraulic fracturing. But fracking has also had major consequences in the UK. In spring 2012 one of the first fracking operations in England caused two earthquakes at Preese Hall, close to Blackpool. The earthquakes measured 2.3 and 1.5 on the Richter scale.

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Fracking caused an earthquake near Blackpool, UK.

Doreen Stopforth from Lancashire voiced her concerns to The Guardian. “For us, personally, it’s a nightmare. They go for miles underground breaking the shale and then we found out that the backflow – the chemicals and the water that comes out – is only 25% of what they put in. Where is it going? They say it won’t leak into the aquifer – how do they know? I just don’t trust them. What do they leave behind? We don’t know if the land is going to be soured.”

If you are worried about the quality of your drinking water, book a free water test with Aquatec today. We have a water purification process which is unique to the brand and creates water so sure that even a new born baby could drink it.

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