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How To Keep Hydrated This Summer

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by admin No Comments

While it is welcoming news that the sun is staying with us for a while longer, let us stress the importance of staying hydrated in this glorious weather.

Water is a vital part of your diet as each cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function. Heat spells cause your body to lose water quicker, therefore it is essential that you replace the water you lose to stay hydrated.   (more…)

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Water Company Charged For Dumping Sewage in the Sea

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Criminal charges are being pressed against a UK water company which was caught dumping sewage into the sea.

Southern Water pumped the untreated raw sewage into the coastline off East Worthing over a period of a day and a half.

The offence was the result of a mistake at its water treatment works in Western Road. Bathers are now being advised by Worthing Council to steer clear of the sea between Ferring and Southwick while the Environment Agency works to sort out the problem.

Meanwhile Southern Water is the subject of a criminal investigation.

One unlucky swimmer got immersed in sewage before any red flags had been put up on Worthing Beach.

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The cleanup is underway at Worthing Beach

Sue Mulholland told the Brighton and Hove Argus: “I was horrified, spat as much water out as I could and scrambled out of the water as fast as the seaweed and sloping stones would let me.

“Needless to say I headed back for a very thorough shower. I returned to the promenade less than an hour later and searched for a sign.

“Eventually, I found an A4-sized piece of paper attached to a small signpost. There were no hazard signs or exclamation marks or the usually red triangle or circle.”

Southern Water blamed a build up of nappies and sanitary towels for the pump failure and apologised.

A spokesman added: “We can confirm we stopped releasing wastewater flows through the emergency, short sea outfall on Monday. Staff have been working 24/7 at the treatment works since the problems began on Saturday night. Diverting wastewater into the sea, via the emergency outfall, was necessary to prevent localised flooding in Worthing. Repair work is continuing on site today and there will be a full investigation into the incident.”

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) also complained that it was disappointing to see such incidents which caused significant health risks to swimmers and surfers.
 

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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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Pharmaceuticals and Drinking Water

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The pharmaceutical industry contributes around £8.4 billion to the UK economy but there are potential health side effects which go unaccounted for.

A 100 page statement commissioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) in 2008 revealed that pharmaceuticals are finding their way into the water supply despite extensive water purification treatment.

These drugs include tiny traces of cancer treatment drugs and birth control drugs among many other active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The report observed: “The observed concentrations of pharmaceuticals in raw waste water indicate that the major source of pharmaceuticals to the environment is via sewage treatment works effluent.
“Drinking water treatment works use a wider and technically more advanced range of processes, but again these are not specifically designed to remove pharmaceuticals and several compounds have been reported in drinking water.”

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Are pharmaceuticals finding their way into drinking water?

Since then a more recent 2010 report has defined the risk to the populace as negligible.

“All of the research and monitoring by water companies means that the public can be confident that pharmaceutical residues such as components of the birth control pill are not present in tap water.”

As yet extensive studies have been unable to prove, one way or another, that such small quantities of these drugs have any affect when ingested. However studies of fish have proved another matter with the drug lincomycin found to act as a mutagen, actually changing the genes within microscopic aquatic life including algae, bacteria and fish.

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 pure that even a new born baby could drink it.

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iPhone App Monitors Water Quality in your Area

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by admin No Comments

IBM has now created an iPhone app which can help concerned citizens monitor the quality of the water around the world.

Known as Creekwatch, the app encourages concerned environmentalists to snap a picture of any water source that they happen to be passing. They then answer three questions to determine the quality of the river, creek or lake. The questions determine whether the water source is polluted with trash, how full it is and whether the river is still flowing effectively.

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Concerned Environmentalists can make a difference with the Creekwatch App.

The app was beta tested in the city of San Jose this summer. Carol Boland, a water biologist in San Jose, said: “There are only so many of us here in water protection, and we can only see what we can during business working hours of the day. The timing of the when the creek dries up is really important information for us to have.”

According to the United Nations water pollution kills more people than all the wars on the earth put together. Some people may think that water quality is only something that developing countries have to worry about, but this is not the case.

America in particular has massive concerns about the quality of its water. For instance Las Vegas is a completely artificial city created in the middle of a desert and with all of the swimming pools and hotels there it uses a huge amount of water. However the river which supplies it, the Colorado River, has been so overused that there are huge concerns about it drying up. Given the huge amount of people that the river supports, this would be an environmental crisis on an unprecedented scale.

So if you want to do your bit for the environment then consider downloading the iPhone Creekwatch app. Alternatively you can also make a difference to water quality in your own household by purchasing a water purification system. That allows you to drink pure water without having to purchase bottled water which is environmentally unfriendly.

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Water Treatment Becomes Top World Concern

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

The Guardian newspaper has released an article stressing the importance of water purification. The quality of our water, it argues, is no longer an environmental issue but a key world concern such as terrorism or the management of nuclear power.

That is why so much effort is being put into water treatment, water recycling and water purification. Water has become a massive commodity. Many countries are experimenting with desalination plants. This involves creating a plant that can remove the salt from sea water. Sea water is fatal if drunk unchecked so this is a very necessary process for coastal countries that lack large supplies of fresh water, but a time-consuming and costly one. Desalination has also drawn criticism on environmental levels due to the amount of energy needed to run such plants.

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Water Treatment is Vital to World Health

Industrial water treatment is a constantly improving field and according to the Guardian “advances in widely-used reverse osmosis (RO) technology have helped to cut costs and energy over the last 30 years.”

They also used the example of a company called Oasys Water which is a pioneer in its field. It has developed a system known as Engineered Osmosis which saves on electricity by instead forcing sea water through a membrane. It could make desalination eminently more affordable for developing countries.

If this sounds far-fetched then there are even more complex scientific methods of attracting rain by loading the sky with chemicals which attract clouds to the land. This weather modification, or cloud seeding, is so powerful that it has been banned by the UN from being used in warfare.

But a lack of water can be a desperate situation and there are many countries which are threatened by drought, the most notorious being Somalia and Ethiopia which suffer devastating and tragic famines. Even in England, where it seems to rain constantly, we have problems with droughts and hosepipe bans because the quality of the plumbing is so poor that millions of tonnes of water get leaked out and wasted every day.

It is unlikely that the average Joe will have much knowledge of complex water treatment techniques such as desalination and weather modification. However home water purification is now available to everyone and allows you to protect the quality of your water on a local scale.

Companies such as Aquatec Bristol can provide you with a water filtration system that removes all chemicals and bacteria from your tap water. Pure water is better to drink, better to cook with and better to wash in (for you and your clothes). And, with the way the world is becoming so overpopulated, pure water could end up being the most valuable commodity of all.

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10 Reasons to Drink Pure Water

Posted on: October 18th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Water is the foundation of life and keeping well hydrated can prevent a number of ailments and ensure that your body stays in good condition. Remember that tea and coffee are not a substitute for water as they contain caffeine which acts as a diuretic and dehydrates the body. With that in mind we have compiled a list of the top ten reasons to drink plenty of pure water.

Reasons to Drink Water

1) Staving off dehydration:

The brain is mostly made up of water and without a regular intake of water you are susceptible to the effects of dehydration, which causes headaches and can eventually lead to death if you don’t rehydrate yourself.


2) Preventing back pain:

Pure drinking water prevents the most annoying of chronic reoccurring pains such as lower back pain. Most of us spend our lives hunched over a desk in an office and so having lower back pain is a massive discomfort and hindrance to productivity. Drinking pure water won’t cure your problems but keeping healthy habits and drinking five glasses of water a day will help maintain your muscle function and keep nasty blockages such as kidney stones at bay.

 

3) Hangover prevention:

Many people like to let their hair down with a few drinks at times but no-one likes the feeling of being hungover. Hangovers vary in severity but can lead to excruciating migraines and vomiting. The effects of a hangover can be considerably reduced by drinking a pint of water (or two) before bedtime. Unfortunately when people are feeling tipsy water is usually the last thing on their minds!

 

4) Aiding Digestion:

Drinking water helps the body to absorb and digest food and without proper hydration you can suffer from constipation, bloating and the resultant stomach pain.

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Pure Water Helps You Stay Healthy


5) Keeping the weight off:

Water is the only liquid you can drink which won’t put weight on, everything else contains sugar or calories. Water also helps the body to metabolise fat.


6) Protecting your teeth:

Similarly if you drink soft drinks instead of water you are putting your teeth at risk. The only substance which is good for your teeth (in moderation) is milk.

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7) Regulating your metabolism:

Water also keeps your metabolism in check by regulating all the hormones and chemicals in the body.


8) Water keeps the Kidneys healthy:

Our kidneys remove wastes like lactic acid and without adequate amounts of water to dilute the wastes your kidneys can be damaged.

 

9) Keeping the body healthy during pregnancy:

Pregnant women need to eat and drink for two and so you should drink more when you are pregnant. Indeed morning sickness is partially caused by dehydration.


10) Water and fertility:

Studies have shown that drinking impure water, such as water that has traces of oestrogen in it, can lower the male sperm count. This is another good reason to take home water purification into your own hands by purchasing a water filtration system!

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Why Water Purification Makes Sense

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by admin No Comments

The human body is mostly made of water. If you look at the human body’s specific tissues, you will find that; lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight, blood contains almost 70% water, body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. Your skin also contains a large amount of water. The human body is about 60% water in adult males and 55% in adult females (according to sex, age and body mass index). All the slightly different fluids in your body (plasma, amniotic fluid, gastrointestinal, cerebrospinal, peritoneal, ocular, extracellular and intracellular, interstitial and of course urine etc, etc) that are used by your body to transport almost anything; are mostly made of water.

Pure water regulates your body temperature and as above provides the means for nutrients and gasses (such as oxygen) to travel to (and from) all your essential organs and of course, each individual cell. It removes waste products and protects all your bone joints and even ‘cushions’ all of the body’s important organs.

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Water and the Human Condition

Signs of Dehydration:

There are many things that can cause dehydration; the most common being vomiting, diarrhoea, blood loss, malnutrition, and the normal human failure to replenish liquids lost from respiration, sweating and urination. Many illnesses and diseases can trigger acute dehydration due to the increased body temperature and sweating that usually occur. This is why your doctor tells you to drink plenty of fluids when you are ill. Diuretics such as caffeine pills and alcohol are compounds that remove water from your body by increasing the amount of urine the kidneys produce. Pharmaceutical diuretics (supplied by your Doctor) are often known as ‘water tablets’ because they remove excess water. Your body uses fluids to expel toxins as well as to keep your system flexible, lubricated and running smoothly. If you are very active, you lose more water than if you tend to be a ‘couch potato’.

Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, headaches and constipation.A strong smell to your urine, along with a yellow or amber colour indicates that you may not be getting enough water. Note that riboflavin, a B vitamin, will make your urine bright yellow. Thirst is an obvious sign of dehydration and please don’t forget; you need water long before you feel thirsty.

How Much Pure Drinking Water Do You Need?

In general, the medical profession are now recommending that a healthy adult man should drink approximately 14 cups of water per day and a healthy adult woman should drink approximately ten cups per day. These numbers are determined by the average amount of water a person will lose throughout the day through normal bodily functions. Women who are nursing or pregnant will need to drink at least 10 to 14 cups of water per day to accommodate for the additional water loss to the baby or foetus. Young children, as their bodies grow and develop, will need a larger amount of water in proportion to their body weight. As an individual grows older, the need for water intake decreases slightly, but adequate water intake is still just as vital to your body’s function. As you grow older, you should take care to drink an appropriate amount of water each day because your body will become less able to recognise the beginning signs of dehydration and will not send thirst signals to your brain, so you should constantly be aware of the amount of water you drink.

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How much Pure Drinking Water do you need?

How much pure drinking water you need depends on the following:

Level of Activity:

Your level of activity is one of the greatest indicators of the amount of water you should drink each day. As you exercise, your body will begin to lose more water through perspiration and require more water for proper replenishment. For a short bout of exercise (less than 30 minutes), one to two extra glasses will replenish your body. If you are exercising for longer periods of time or in warmer climates, you will likely need to drink at least three extra glasses of water per day to replace any liquid lost during the process.

Your Environment:

Your environment also affects the amount of water you should drink. Individuals in warmer climates should drink more water to compensate for liquid lost through perspiration. Individuals who live at high altitudes may also need to drink more water; as the lack of oxygen in the air prompts more rapid breathing and a greater loss of moisture during respiration.

Everyone, regardless of their environment, should drink more water during the summer months, as the heat and extra time spent outside can result in greater liquid loss.

If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water. When you are travelling on an airplane, it is sensible to drink a glass of water for every hour you are on board the plane. As you can see, your daily water intake can add up to quite a lot.

20% of your body’s water requirement will come from the foods you eat. The rest of your water your body needs should come from the liquids you drink. Water is the best choice. Carbonated drinks have a lot of sugar in them, so if you drink so called ‘soft drinks’, your body may take in more calories than it needs. Herbal teas that aren’t diuretic are fine. Sports drinks contain electrolytes and may be beneficial; just look at the label for any added sugar and calories that you don’t need. Pure fruit juices are good because they have vitamins and nutrients and (should only contain) natural sugars.

Tea and coffee and some cola type soft drinks (caffeinated drinks) will also add to your body’s daily water requirements; even though caffeine is a diuretic. If you regularly consume caffeine; your body will regulate itself to that diuretic effect.

Drink Enough Water

With our society’s hectic life-style, it may be difficult to drink the amount of water you should do. Be sure you have water handy at all times by keeping a bottle of water with you when you are working, travelling, or exercising (don’t buy it! Bring filtered water from your home with you). If you get bored with just plain water; add a bit of lemon or lime for a touch of flavour.

The human body is primarily composed of water. Water is not only beneficial but also vital to life. Only oxygen is more important to human survival. Water plays an enormous role in how well your body functions. The more fresh water we drink, the healthier we become. Clean fresh drinking water increases not only the quality, but also the length, of our lives.

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Fracking Causes Water Purification Problems

Posted on: October 11th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Potentially – energy wise, the UK has a considerable gas shale deposit stretching from the coast of Dorset, as far as the Weald in Kent, and then through Lancashire up as far as Blackpool. However this resource could in itself be threatening the Uk water supply unless you use water filtration equipment.

Half a dozen of the major oil companies are investing £billions in the drilling and ‘fracking’ of these deposits (now and in the not-too-distant future). The first well that is entirely dedicated to gas shale drilling is already nearly half a mile down, four miles south of Blackpool.

Lord Browne of Madingley, the former BP chief executive, is one of the backers of Cuadrilla Resources, which have started drilling operations on the gas shale formation that stretches from Pendle Hill to the Lancashire coast near Blackpool.

This gas shale well being drilled is the first of its kind in Britain and comes after discoveries of the huge reserves of gas shale in the US that has promised to transform the US energy landscape.

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Cuadrilla Resources is drilling deep into the Bowland Shale

With the Eurenergy Resource Corporation just announcing plans to drill for shale gas in southern England’s Weald Basin, and BP planning scout wells in its Kimmeridge Bay site in Dorset, this search for huge energy deposits is mounting day by day.

•    At Elswick, near Blackpool, Warwick Energy is producing 1MW of power from a facility situated on top of the company’s own gas reserves.

•    Wessex Basin is the heartland of Britain’s onshore oil industry. It is the site of Europe’s largest onshore oil field, at Wytch Farm in Dorset, which has produced more than 400 million barrels of oil over its 35-year life. The BP facility at Wytch Farm also processes oil trucked from two small fields at nearby Wareham and Kimmeridge.

•    Just along the coast, in the Weald Basin across Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex, Star Energy has nine producing oil fields. Palmers Wood hit the headlines in 2008 when Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed successfully sued for trespass and was awarded a 9 per cent share of the income from the facility.

•    The East Midlands Oil Province – a series of carboniferous rift basins spread across parts of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire – is the only real rival to Wessex Basin. Welton is the UK’s second largest onshore field, after Wytch Farm, and there are currently 18 producing wells in the region.

•    Gas fields at Ryedale, discovered in 1970, fuel a power station at East Knapton. Four further fields are planned by Eurenergy Resource Corporation who already plans to drill for shale gas in southern England’s Weald Basin. Wells at Kirby Misperton, Malton, Marishes and Pickering – are also in production.

However, fracking by its very nature has caused wide spread problems with drinking water supplies in the US with the city and state of New York instigating a moratorium on gas shale drilling. Showers with the very water spray on fire (Methane), bathrooms choking with the smell of Hydrogen sulphide after one toilet flush and huge levels of Benzene making the water undrinkable. You only have to note that horses will refuse to go anywhere near water with the remotest smell of Methane or Hydrogen sulphide.

These problems obviously stem from the gas shale deposits being far below the water table. As the shale deposit is ‘fracked’, the micro-porous cracks animating from the initial pressure point unleash various pollutants into the groundwater. At these depths every chemical compound is extremely hot and at a very high pressure, so they rise extremely quickly when they have a crack to channel upwards.

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Protesters against Fracking

What has this to do with Aquatec?

All of the chemical pollutants caused by fracking can be easily removed by an Aquatec water purification system (with a little tinkering – one or two extra pressure vessels or so). Residents in the various proposed and current drilling areas (Dorset and the Weald having some very rich areas indeed) should take use of a water purification system. That is the only way that they can be sure to get rid of the contaminants mentioned above and be able to drink, wash with and cook with pure water in their households.

For more information on Fracking and Water Supply.

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Water Purification Softens Hard Water

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

British Water has released a fact sheet outlining the problems caused by hard water.

It says that those who live in hard water areas will suffer problems with their home appliances, a dirtying of their home environment and general energy
wastage.

The damage comes in two main forms. Hard scale, or limescale, clogs up appliances like kettles and boilers, causing them to run less efficiently in the short term and creating major damage long term.

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The hard scale is so hindering that it causes a massive 12% of heat transfer loss for every 1.6mm. The scale reduces the flow of the water and therefore also makes the pumps have to work harder.

Furthermore it is hard to keep a clean home when you have a hard water problem, the sinks and taps get grimy and ugly deposits form everywhere.

Not only is hard water costly, but it is also environmentally unfriendly.

With hard water you have to use more cleansing products in order to wash properly, while your washing machine needs more detergent to function.

The best way to counter hard water problems is to get a home water purification system such as that offered by Aquatec – the Pure Water People. Water purification softens hard water as well as purifying it further. Call us today on 01179 109 988.

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