Weird Water News – August 22

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

  • Happy Birthday! Delaney Hill of Deerfield Beach, FL is dedicating her birthday to raise funds to provide clean drinking water to residents of developing countries.
  • Summers are for spending time in the pool… but this Arizona family transformed their swimming pool into a closed-loop ecosystem that provides enough food to feed a family of five!
  • Isn’t that how Jurassic Park starts? Scientists in Antarctica have discovered a microbial ecosystem underneath 2,625 feet of ice where no sunlight has been felt for millions of years!

Meet Quench – Victor Moreira

VictorMoreira Meet Quench   Victor MoreiraHave you ever gone on vacation and just never wanted to leave? Quench service technician, Victor Moreira and his family did just that!

Victor was born in Vitoria, the capital of the state Espirito Santo in Brazil. Vitoria, a small island within in a bay, was founded in 1551 and is considered one of the best capitals to live in according to the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Brazilian higher education institution. Victor then moved to Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, where he grew up. Like many young Brazilian men, Victor served in the Brazilian Army as a young adult, serving as a soldier for 3 years and then as a Sergeant for 1. After serving in the Army, Victor worked for a Brazilian state school as a music teacher, teaching music theory and guitar to students while playing baroque-style guitar in a local orchestra.

Then in 1994, Victor and his family went on a vacation that would completely change their lives. While visiting Boston as tourists, they decided to stay in the U.S. instead of returning to Brazil. While it is harder for many tourists to be granted a green card, Victor and his family were lucky – blessed if you ask Victor – that Victor was able to find work at a company where the owner sponsored them for green card status.

Victor started working for Atlas Watersystems in September 2005 as a service technician, but after about 3 or 4 years working as a field technician, he was transferred to repairs in the warehouse. Victor describes his favorite part of the day as “repairing something that was broken… making a broken machine new again.”

Since Quench acquired Atlas Watersystems a couple months ago, Victor spends most of his day learning about Quench machines – how to fix Quench ice dispensers and water coolers with sparkling water – in preparation to becoming a Quench field service technician in the coming months, a position he is excited to return to.

Ten years after deciding to stay, Victor and his family started what Victor describes as “the expensive process” of becoming U.S. citizens. The last step of this process is Civics Test. Prospective U.S. citizens study over 100 questions about U.S. history, government and citizen responsibilities. During the test a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer or USCIS officer will ask up to 10 questions, but Victor was so prepared, he was only asked 5 questions. After passing the Civics Test, Victor took his citizenship oath this past July 24, officially becoming a U.S. citizen! Congrats, Victor!

Now that Victor is a U.S. citizen, he spends most of his free time helping the pastor at his Christian Baptist church, working as a teacher at Sunday School or giving speeches to the congregation. When he is not at his church, you can find him with his family, especially his two grandchildren who live in the U.S. – a 7 year old grandson and a 15 month old granddaughter. Victor also has 3 granddaughters in Brazil who are 8, 13, and 16 years old.

Victor also spends his limited free time improving his English as he works towards his dream of going back to college to study technology and service repairs.  We wish Victor good luck as he pursues his American Dream!

Weird Water News – August 15

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

  • Bad Boys, Bad Boys Whatcha gonna do? LA has water cops that patrol the city’s streets in search for residents and businesses wasting water during the extreme drought.
  • A very good reason to stop buying water! A family in Oklahoma found a pygmy rattlesnake in wrapped around one of the bottles inside a recently purchased case of water.
  • How do you lose 100,000 gallons of water?! A town in Massachusetts is missing about 24% of its water, probably from pipe leaks and unmetered connections.
  • Pretty sure there weren’t any plastic water bottles in the 1920s… A plastic water bottle was accidently left in a promotional shot for the new season of Downton Abbey, which is set in 1924.
  • Moove over milk! Michigan State University researchers have developed a technology to help farmers separate the elements of cow manure to produce water and fertilizer.

Move Over Grade Schools, Beach Towns are Banning the Bottle!

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Image Courtesy of Ryan Morrill/The Sandpaper

Long Beach Township, NJ, in collaboration with Alliance for a Living Ocean, is making an effort to reduce plastic water bottle consumption by installing multiple hydration stations throughout the island. These tankless units provide free, cold, filtered water to anyone with a reusable bottle and serve as a reminder to avoid single use plastic bottles with the slogan, “Put Water in Your Bottle, not Your Bottle in the Water.”

The Township Recycling and Clean Community Coordinator, Angela C. Andersen believes that the effort is not only beneficial for the environment, but will also have a positive impact on the community, saying, “plastic bottles are a big source of litter in coastal waters and beaches.” In addition to littering beaches, plastic is extremely detrimental to our environment when it ends up in the ocean, as it breaks into billions of pieces that appear to be food to marine life.  The ingestion of plastic leads to the death of thousands of creatures every year.

The hydration stations are currently installed at beach entrances, parks, tennis courts, and parking lots and plans for additional units elsewhere in Long Beach Township are in the works. Although Hurricane Sandy paused the momentum of the project, the organization is ready to take the bottleless movement to the next level by raising awareness in the area about the negative impact of plastic bottles. Project leaders hope to see the hydration stations become a long-term island-wide initiative that spreads to neighboring shore towns.

Follow Long Beach Township, San Francisco, CA and Concord, MA’s lead and switch to a Quench Filtered Water Cooler to ban the bottle in your office!

Weird Water News – August 8

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

  • Talk about a Surfing Safari! A baby seal wanted to catch some waves so it jumped onto a couple surfers’ boards off the coast of England.
  • No time to surf! A Berlin woman snuck into the Berlin Zoo after closing time to swim with seals.
  • Its knuckle-puck time! Hydrapak has released a reusable water bottle that can collapse into the size of a hockey puck for easy storage and travel!

Mayor Summit to Explore Great Lakes Water Supply

sunset on a chicago skyline 311661 Mayor Summit to Explore Great Lakes Water SupplyChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a summit of Canadian and United States mayors in the next few weeks to discuss strategies to protect and preserve the vital water supply of the Great Lakes. The proposed meeting, which will be under the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Initiative, has been sparked by recent reports that Lake Erie has become tainted with a toxin that prevents water consumption. Emanuel believes that the situation in Toledo, where thousands were forced to stop drinking tap water for more than two days, is a reminder that an effort to protect the lakes must be made.

Because water problems continue to arise in the surrounding areas of the Great Lakes, access to unlimited quantities of clean, unpolluted water is a major crux in economic development strategies, including tourism development.  For example, Lake Michigan beaches were forced to close because of high E. coli levels. And tap water in Toledo, the fourth largest city in Ohio was effectively poisoned last week because of a huge fertilizer algae bloom in Lake Erie.

To help resolve the growing problem of blue-green algae, the state of Ohio is looking to implement a required license for farmers to fertilize that will likely be mandatory by 2017. The license will be acquired by taking a one-day class that shows farmers how to apply less nutrients without hurting crop yields, as runoff from farms is seen as a key cause of algal blooms in lakes.

On Sunday, a bill was signed to reduce the dumping of medications down the toilet, which also has a negative effect on water supplies. Additionally, the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian group monitoring the Great Lakes, aims to cut the daily amount of phosphorus flowing into Lake Erie by nearly half by 2022 to protect drinking water. The organization is also urging farmers to stop applying fertilizers on snow-covered or frozen ground to help reduce nutrient levels in waterways.

 

Quench is exhibiting at ASHE Conference and Expo! Stop by to see us!

ashe logo 2014 Quench is exhibiting at ASHE Conference and Expo! Stop by to see us!Quench is excited to be participating in the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition! The conference and expo is being held at the McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago from August 3– 6. Quench will be exhibiting three filtered drinking water coolers, the 975, 750, and 250.

The ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition is a three-day national conference and exhibition for health care facility management and engineering professionals.  More than 3,300 industry professionals attend the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition to share perspectives on optimizing the health care environment.

The ASHE Annual Conference programming gives health care facility management and engineering professionals the tools they need to navigate and adapt as the health care landscape shifts.  Sessions showcase thought-provoking research and presentations that focus on compliance strategies, operational excellence, leadership, management development, and other topics affecting health care facility professionals. For more information on attending The ASHE Annual Conference, please click here.

Make sure you stop by Booth 638 to talk to Quench Water Experts about the Quench 975, which is perfect for hospitals, healthcare centers, urgent care, and physical therapy facilities. The 975 produces Chewblet® ice, long-lasting compressed, chewable ice nuggets that are perfect for post-op and moldable ice packs. Or check out the Quench 750, which offers filtered cold, ambient and hot water. It also uses UV technology to ensure the water is always the cleanest available. Looking for ultra-pure water? Make sure you check out our Quench 250, which provides an endless supply of high-purity process water through deionization. Stop by our booth, Booth 638, to have a taste! Hope to see you there!

Weird Water News – August 1

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

  • That’s not a geyser – a 90 year-old water main ruptured and flooded UCLA and surrounding areas with millions of gallons of water.
  • May he have some more please – a thirsty bird politely asked a little boy for a sip of water from his water bottle.
  • Hurry up before they melt! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has researched into mining icebergs as a source for fresh drinking water.
  • Squeezable glass? The Squeezable Glass bottles are reusable plastic bottles with an incredibly thin layer of silicon dioxide, which is what glass is made from, lining the inside to prevent smells, flavors, mold, etc. from sticking to the plastic.

Hollywood Movie Sets May Go Bottleless

lights Hollywood Movie Sets May Go Bottleless Although movie sets are known for generating tons of waste from scrap metal and set debris to food, production crews are changing their ways to go green.  A study recently released by the nonprofit organization Producers Guild of America (PGA) Green aims to spread awareness about how filmmakers can implement eco-friendly policies to cut costs. With the belief that the entertainment industry is going green, PGA Green works to recycle props and help set crews make the transition to bottleless water.

The PGA Green study found that replacing bottled water with coolers and reusable bottles can lower water budgets by over 50% while recycling props and set materials can cut waste disposal budgets by 40%. Additionally, the report calculates the average cost of bottled water for 60 days of shooting to be $11,175, which could fall to about $5,489 if productions instead used reusable bottles and filtered water coolers.

Currently, PGA Green gives each crew member an 18 oz. stainless steel water bottle that is 100 percent recyclable and BPA and toxin-free. PGA Green provides 5-gallon water jugs for the set, base camp, catering, craft service, hair and make-up trailer, and the production office, which eliminates almost 8,000 individual plastic water bottles. Our suggestion? Studios should switch to bottleless and eliminate over 200 plastic water jugs and save their budget for special effects!

Follow Hollywood’s lead by switching to a Quench bottleless water cooler and save up to 50% over the cost of water delivery!

Texas Drinking Water May Be Worst in the Nation

Water faucet shutterstock june 2011 230x300 Texas Drinking Water May Be Worst in the NationTexas has been struggling with regulatory compliance at drinking water plants and may have more trouble than any other state in the nation. Federal officials have claimed that more than 310 of the 7,000 public drinking systems, which make up about 4.5 percent of regulated public water systems in the state, are having quality issues that have not been adequately addressed.  The water law violations in Texas mostly arise from unhealthy levels of contaminants or failure to test the water properly and frequently enough.

The Environmental Protection Agency claims that this is the highest percentage in the nation and has issued a letter naming the plants that need attention. Most of these plants with severe problems are small public water systems, like those for mobile home parks. But some of the systems are larger and serve thousands of people. The water resources used by these systems have naturally occurring contaminants, like arsenic, that are enormously expensive and difficult for municipal plants to remove.

Texas officials are hesitant to believe the federal numbers accurately represent the state’s tap water quality.  Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) officials say the federal estimate is outdated and report that only about 4 percent of systems have issues that need more attention. The agency claims to have stepped up its enforcement in the past year by training more staff and pursuing more than 100 public water systems for clean water violations in recent months.

Whether your office is in Texas or elsewhere, make sure you have the cleanest, best-tasting water available by switching to a Quench Bottleless water cooler!