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.

Quench is Attending IFMA World Workplace in New Orleans! Are you?

ExhibitingButton Quench is Attending IFMA World Workplace in New Orleans! Are you?Quench is excited to be exhibiting at IFMA World Workplace in New Orleans on September 17 and 18. Make sure you stop by booth 1439 to taste filtered water from the Quench 750 and the Quench 735.

Held annually, the IFMA World Workplace is part educational program and part exposition geared toward the needs of professionals who support facilities – from facility managers, IT, PM and HR to engineering, security, real estate, and sustainability/energy specialists. More than 4,000 industry professionals from 40 countries attend World Workplace each year to learn how to improve operational efficiency, increase employee productivity, and network with other professionals. For more information on attending IFMA World Workplace, please click here.

Talk to a Quench Water Expert at IFMA to learn about the space-saving Quench 735 and the new Quench 750. The Quench 735 with is compact, economical countertop design looks great in the break room, lobby, or reception area. It offers hot, cold and ambient water through push-button dispensing, including a safety button sequence for hot water.

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 from the Quench 735 and Quench 750.

Stop by Booth 1439 to chat with a Quench Water Expert about your drinking water needs! Hope to see you there!

Weird Water News – September 5

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

  • A Flat Reusable Water Bottle? Memobottles are BPA –free reusable bottles designed to match the dimensions of a letter.
  • Even firefighters won’t drink from the hose! A Kentucky fire department has installed water coolers on their fire trucks so water will be readily available for firefighters.
  • Clean water through the power of the sun! A civil engineering student from the University of Buffalo has developed a solar/water lens that purifies water.
  • Guess he didn’t want his picture taken – A Great White shark off the coast of New Zealand ate Emmy award-winning wildlife cameraman Andy Casagrande’s camera kit worth $12,000.

Must Eat Brains! Naegleri fowleri Found in St. John Parish Water Sample

NaelgeriaFowleriAmoeba Must Eat Brains! Naegleri fowleri Found in St. John Parish Water SampleA water sample taken by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in St. John parish has tested positive for the brain eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri. Naegleria fowleri is the same brain eating amoeba found in St. Bernard and DeSoto Parish last year and is blamed for the deaths of two children.

Local officials have stated that while “the parish’s system is currently in compliance with all state and federal drinking water regulations, including the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital’s emergency rule for Naegleria fowleri,” they have advised residents of Reserve, Garyville, and Mt. Airy, over 12,500 people, to take precautions. As a precautionary measure, the St. John school system has closed off all the water coolers and fountains in its schools.

A chlorine burn, where the water lines are infused with free chlorine, has been scheduled to begin Thursday morning followed by a 60 day wait to determine if the amoeba has been flushed out. Free chlorine is a stronger, faster-acting disinfectant than the normal infusion of chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Naegleria fowleri normally eats bacteria, but will use the human brain as a food source when it finds its way into the human body. Previous studies have suggested that Naelgeria fowleri amoebas are attracted to the chemicals that nerve cells use for communication. The amoebas normally travel through the olfactory nerve from the nose into the frontal lobe of the brain. Since the nose is the pathway of the amoeba, infection occurs most often from diving, water skiing, or other water sports where water is forced into the nose. Another common source of infection is the use of neti pots to clean sinuses infections.

Weird Water News – August 29

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

  • No ordinary lily pad! The LilyPad, a floating, solar-powered water treatment device that can be used to pre-treat stormwater, has been awarded $94,000 in a second round of funding.
  • Would you like to buy a boat from the U.S. Navy? The U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy in particular, is auctioning off a 50-foot sailboat with bidding starting at $25!
  • Move over Metropolitian Museum of Art! As part of The Water Tank Project, over 60 artists from all over the world will be creating original artwork on New York City’s water tanks.
  • You’re my boy, Blue! A blue lobster was caught off the coast of Maine and will be the newest attraction at the Maine State Aquarium.

Back to School Shopping? Don’t Forget Your Reusable Water Bottle!

back to school 180x157 Back to School Shopping? Dont Forget Your Reusable Water Bottle!It’s that time of the year again – when parents are excited and kids are sad – it’s Back to School season! While Back to School shopping this year, make sure you pick up a reusable water bottle because four more schools have banned the bottle: Mount de Sales Academy in Georgia, Green Mountain College in Vermont, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, and Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Connecticut.

Mount de Sales Academy’s environmental club decided to work to ban the bottle after watching the short film, The Story of Bottled Water.” The club prepared and offered a presentation to both the school administrators and the student body. The student body then decided to end the use of bottled water on campus. Mount de Sales Academy installed bottleless water coolers at both the middle school and high school. The environmental club is also selling reusable water bottles with the school’s logo to encourage students to switch.

Like Mount de Sales Academy’s ban, Green Mountian College’s ban on bottled water, which started on August 15, started as a student-led project. Andrea Roebuck worked with Green Mountain College’s sustainability coordinator, Aaron Witham to develop the most effective way to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. Roebuck concerns were economic and environmental as well as about the commodification of water, an increasingly precious resource. “The more we buy and sell bottled water, the more we engage in a culture of treating water as a commodity, incentivizing businesses to extract it from the ground in one community and selling it elsewhere, with little benefit to the people or ecosystem in the community from which the water was extracted,” he said. The school’s food service provider, Chartwells, and outside vendors, including PepsiCo, stop stocking bottled water in the school’s vending machines.

After gathering dozens of signatures at a taste test booth last November, students of the University of Saskatchewan Environment and Sustainability Student Association are moving forward with their final petition to ban the bottle on the school’s campus. The University of Saskatchewan has added over 18 bottle filling stations throughout the campus to encourage students to switch to reusable water bottles.

The students in Letitia Garcia-Tripp’s environmental science class at Housatonic Valley Regional High School watched the documentary, Tapped, and were inspired to ban the bottle at their school. After presenting to the region’s Board of Education, Board agreed to the purchase of water-bottle filling stations for Housatonic Valley Regional High School as well as another local high school and in the public area of town, Falls Village, CT.

Congrats to Mount de Sales Academy, Green Mountain College, University of Saskatchewan, and Housatonic Valley Regional High School! Join in the Ban the Bottle movement and switch to a bottleless water cooler from Quench today!