Weird Water News – October 24

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

  • Isn’t ironic? Cigarette smoke contains a dangerous level of arsenic but researchers have found that cigarette ash can be used as a low-cost means of filtering arsenic from water!
  • A secret ocean? Mimas, one of Saturn’s moons – known for its resemblance to the Star Wars’ Death Star – may have a secret ocean which creates a wobble to its rotation.
  • A unicorn fish? Three fishermen fishing for tuna near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia reeled in an 88 pound tuna fish with a large horn sticking out of its head!
  • Stop in for a pint and a soak! Recently opened in Prague, Beer Spa Bernard allows you to lounge in a hot tub, indulge in a massage, or relax on a heated bed while drinking.

Quench is exhibiting at EDspaces in Tampa! Stop by to see us!

EDspaces logo 300x118 Quench is exhibiting at EDspaces in Tampa! Stop by to see us!Quench is excited to be exhibiting at EDspaces in Tampa, FL from October 29 through October 31. Make sure you stop by Booth 740 to taste filtered water from the Quench 750 and make sure you add some ice from the Quench 975

Held annually, EDspaces is an international tradeshow and conference that brings together all the professionals who plan, design, build, equip, and manage all types of learning environments and educational campuses, with the manufacturers, dealers, and service providers, like us, who offer the products and services for educational spaces. For more information about attending EDspaces, please click here.

Talk to a Quench Water Expert at EDSpaces  to learn about the space-saving ice maker, the Quench 975 and new Quench 750. The Quench 975 is great for when you need ice and water in one machine, in a small space. And the Quench 975 produces up to 125 pounds of Chewblet® ice, chewable compressed ice nuggets, per day.

Typically serving up to 65 users, the freestanding Quench 750 is great for showrooms, lobbies, reception areas, and anywhere else you need a virtually endless supply of great-tasting filtered water. The 750 is packed with features including hot, cold, and ambient water, BioCote® anti-microbial treatment on surfaces, and ultraviolet self-sanitization. Make sure you have a taste of the filtered water and ice from the Quench 975 and Quench 750.

Stop by Booth 740 to chat with a Quench Water Expert about your drinking water needs! Hope to see you there!

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