Weird Water News – October 17

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Fashionable and Environmentally-Friendly! Dirt Ball Fashion has released “The 50” winter jacket. The jacket is made from 100% recycled materials – 50 recycled plastic water bottles – and can be recycled at the end of its life!
  • Coolest sound ever! While in Alaska, Cory Williams decided to skip a rock across a frozen lake and created a sound that could have come out of science fiction movie!
  • Speaking of science fiction…Luke Skywalker was a “moisture farmer” before becoming a Jedi – now you can be one too! Skywell has developed an “air water dispenser” that cools the air around it to produce drinking water.
  • Come and get it! Supper’s up! Donnie Griggs and a couple of friends were fishing when more than 100 sharks started a feeding frenzy on a school of bluefish.
  • Message in a bottle or invitation in a bottle? A bottle sealed with a cork washed ashore in Central California – inside was a hand-written invitation to a little girl’s birthday party in Hawaii from 2010!

Waterfront? Check. Riverboats? Check. Bottled Water? Not Welcome.

FestivalofRiverboats Waterfront? Check. Riverboats? Check. Bottled Water? Not Welcome.Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY is celebrating the Festival of Riverboats this week. The Festival of Riverboats celebrates the rich Southern tradition of cruising on the mighty Ohio River in paddle boats. However the real celebration is this year’s Festival of Riverboats is the first major event at the Waterfront Park that won’t allow the sale of bottled water!

A few years ago the Louisville Waterfront Development Corp. officials approached the Louisville Water Company looking for a way to “do a better job of being environmental stewards and not [contribute] to the problem with the proliferation of bottled water.” The result is the system that has been in place for several events; the company connects directly to a drinking water source and provides chilled water for free.

But this year’s Festival of Riverboats will be the first time that outside vendors have been told they will not be allowed to sell bottled water! Follow the Waterfront Park’s lead and ban bottled water in your office by switching to a filtered water cooler from Quench! Need ice? Don’t worry we have ice machines too!

Weird Water News – October 10

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Too warm for the fishes? With the heatwave in California, the American River hatchery near Sacramento is installing water chillers to keep the baby fish cool.
  • Walking on water? A man tried to reach Bermuda by walking in an inflatable bubble on top of the water; he needed to be rescued a couple days later due to fatigue.
  • The man on the moon is a miner? NASA is developing two separate missions to learn how to mine the moon for water.
  • Art teacher and wildlife photographer? Amanda Brewer, an art teacher from New Jersey took a spectacular – now viral – picture of a great white shark while volunteering with White Shark Africa.

Drinking Filtered Water Might Help Your Memory

smart rat2 Drinking Filtered Water Might Help Your MemoryNew research from Chinese biology and environment experts has found that drinking filtered drinking water may help to improve child development and memory. The study found that filtered tap water is the richest in essential minerals and the lowest in contaminant levels.

The researchers during the study fed two generations of rats five different types of water, including unfiltered tap water, filtered tap water, purified bottled water, artificially mineralized bottled water, and natural bottled water. Then the Morris water maze was used to determine the learning curve. With the Morris water maze the rats had to find their way out of a water tank using specific cues. The rat pups that were served filtered tap water were found to have the highest learning and memory abilities and were able to find their way out of the tank quicker than the rat pups served different water.

The researchers also found that the rats served purified bottled water had the lowest offspring survival rate. The rats served unfiltered tap water had the lowest learning and memory abilities and took the longest to find their way out of the tank. The researchers concluded that filtered tap water showed the best benefit for both nursing the pup rats as well as the pup rats’ development.

Hopefully your employees are not pup rats, but switching to a filtered drinking water cooler might help your employees retain more information. At the very least, it will help you save money! If your employees are pup rats – you might have bigger problems…

Weird Water News – October 3

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Goes to show that the smallest beings can have a big impact – A new study shows that sea monkeys may contribute to ocean currents as much as wind and tides do.
  • It’s a walrus family reunion! An estimated 35,000 walruses have gathered on a beach in northwest Alaska because of the lack of sea ice that normally provides resting areas this time of the year.
  • A brick that saves water? California has launched a new campaign, Drop-A-Brick project, encouraging home owners to add an eco-friendly rubber brick to their toilet to help save water.

Weird Water News – September 26

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Speaking of being in the wilderness – a research team at MIT has developed a “xylem filter” which uses a tree branch to filter water.
  • Nothing is older than water! A new study from the University of Michigan and University of Exeter has determined that water in our solar system predates the formation of the sun!
  • “Shh! Don’t tell any sharks I’m here…” A seal surprised divers by joining them in their shark cage to avoid a Great White shark off the coast of South Africa.
  • Make sure there is plenty of cocktail sauce!  Fisherman, Steve Bargeron, caught a giant 18-inch long shrimp from a deck off the coast the Florida.

Don’t Drink the Water… from a warm water bottle!

BottledWaterBan 150x141 Dont Drink the Water... from a warm water bottle!Scientists from Nanjing University in China and the University of Florida have recently completed a study on the effects of storing bottled water at 3 different temperatures: 39°F, 77°F, and 158°F to mimic the temperatures of a refrigerator, a standard room, and the inside of a car on a hot summer day.

The researchers then checked the levels of two substances, antimony and bisphenol-A (BPA) after 1, 2, and 4 weeks at the respective temperatures. According to a 2009 study from Birmingham City University in the UK, antimony, a heavy metal, may play a role in lung, heart, and gastrointestinal diseases. BPA can mimic estrogen in the body and may have a correlation with liver and prostate cancer as well as migraines and miscarriages.

Researchers found that as the temperature rose and time passed, increasingly high levels of antimony were detectable in the bottles of water. Seventy-seven degrees in particular saw the release of antimony increased by almost twice than that at the cooler temperatures. However at 158°F – the inside of a car on a typical summer day – antimony concentrations increased by 319-fold compared to the levels of the bottled water at the refrigerator temperature. The BPA levels also rose at this temperature but not to high concentrations.

Though the concentrations of antimony rose significantly, the highest level measured was still lower than EPA’s legal limit. However, the lead researcher, Lena Ma, recommends discarding any bottled water that has been stored in hot conditions.

Our recommendation? Don’t take a chance – skip bottled water entirely and switch to a bottleless water cooler for cold, filtered water on demand!

Weird Water News – September 19

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Forget ships in a bottle – Ray Wagley builds miniature homes, shops, and other buildings in bottles!
  • Caught red handed! A nudist resort in California has been accused of stealing more than 280,000 gallons of water from a local creek.
  • Sometimes you just need an encouraging word. The Drink Up Water Fountain, part of the Drink Up Campaign, talks to users, encouraging them to stay hydrated.
  • Was Finding Nemo based on a true story? Recent studies show that clownfish make epic journeys though not to find missing children but to find prospective mates.
  • Speaking of fish… George the Goldfish in Melbourne, Australia had a life-threatening tumor removed from his head this past week

Meet Quench – Vince Sicilia

VinceSilicia Meet Quench   Vince SiciliaVince Sicilia joined Quench’s sales team in January 2012. Recently promoted to Selling Supervisor of a sales team, Vince loves the fast-pace and instant gratification nature of sales.  His job includes a combination of supervising and selling. He supports his team by discussing new ways that they can meet their monthly targets while striving to achieve his own sales goals. He enjoys speaking to potential customers, managing current accounts, and helping current customers find the best Quench machine to suit their needs. However, he feels the best part of his job is watching teammates grow and turn their weaknesses into strengths.

Although it may be hard to believe now, when Vince first started his selling career he was very shy when it came to talking to customers. As Vince describes his first days in sales, “I would see [potential customers] coming in and want to hide in the back! So I went back to school and took public speaking classes which definitely helped.” After overcoming his shyness, Vince sold three cars in a row at his first job at a car dealership in Philadelphia and was hooked! Twelve years later, Vince loves sales and enjoys coming to work every day because he gets to talk to people.

His favorite part of working at Quench is the team atmosphere and fun people. “You feel comfortable when you come to work” he says. Out of the Quench machines, the Quench 770, which has sparkling water, is his first choice. The “fancy” look is just a bonus to the great taste of the water.  Vince likes Quench filtered water so much that he drinks over a gallon a day!

Vince’s love of water may come from growing up on Long Beach Island, NJ with his parents and three younger brothers. Vince is an avid surfer and goes back to LBI almost every weekend to spend time with his family and hang out on the beach. On his drive to the beach, Vince likes to roll his windows down and listen to country music, Tim McGraw, Gary Allan, and George Strait are some of his favorite artists. When he is not surfing at the shore or jamming out to country music, you can usually find Vince at the gym or running outside at Valley Forge or Ridley Park.

In terms of television shows, Vince has a flair for the dramatic. He cites “Ray Donovan”, “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad” as some of his favorites. And as any good Italian American, he loves all the classic “Italian movies,” like The Godfather or Goodfellas. His Italian heritage also feeds into his strong desire to visit Italy one day. Vince backpacked Europe after he graduated college but didn’t make it to Italy and Greece, so they have been on the top of his list to visit ever since!

We are glad you are part of the Quench family, Vince! If you want to meet Vince in person, make sure you stop by Booth 1439 at IFMA!

Weird Water News – September 12

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Maybe Nessie needed a vacation? Photographer Elle Williams believes she took a picture of the Loch Ness monster about 150 miles away from its traditional home.
  • If the rain won’t come to us, we can go to the rain? Russian inventors have created a a specially outfitted weather balloon that can collect fresh water from clouds.
  • Scientists have discovered the scariest dinosaur yet – the Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is a cross between a Tyrannosaurus rex, a crocodile, and a whale that could walk as well as swim.
  • From space to the bottom of the ocean! Astronaut Jeremy Hansen is spending a week living at the bottom of the ocean – about 65 feet below the surface to be exact – to prepare for future space missions.
  • A little sunlight and pencil is all you need to purify water? Engineer Hadi Ghasemi of the University of Houston has developed a material using graphite that desalinates water efficiently using solar energy.