Weird Water News – November 21

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

  • Build it and plastic will come… The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii is one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world and until this week home to 57 tons of trash, including 1,469 plastic beverage bottles.
  • They made a left turn when they should have made a right – A pod of 40 whales are stuck in a shallow estuary off the Essex coast in England; police and marine biologists are gently nudging the whales to deeper waters.
  • Forget the blizzard – these are some righteous waves, brah! Two upstate New York athletes decided to surf the waves in Lake Erie while the area was slammed with a year’s worth of snow in 3 days!
  • Fire and Ice! The Mulligan Elementary School in Chicago is now a giant icicle – the school which first opened in 1890 caught fire and quickly became an icicle as the spraying water from firefighters froze.

Weird Water News – November 14

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

  • Shots! Shots! Shots! Of water? Nightclubs across England are hiring “Water Angel” models to offer shots of water to partiers.
  • Wash your car without any water? Waterless Works, a water-free mobile carwash business, offers customers a car wash that actually saves 38 gallons water.
  • Going on a long bike ride? Leave the water bottle at home!  Austrian designer Kristof Retezar has created a self-filling bottle that hangs underneath a bike frame and produces half a liter of drinkable water in one hour.
  • Forget hiking around Victoria Fall – Lukas Irmler and Reinhard Kleindl walked across Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls using a tightrope!
  • Soggy predictions! Shuksan Middle School in Washington recently opened a time capsule that was buried in 1989; unfortunately it was filled with water.

Meet Quench – Ken Neelon

KenNeelonPicture Meet Quench   Ken NeelonFirst things first – Ken Neelon deserves congratulations!

Ken recently earned his WQA certification. Water Quality Association offers a voluntary credentialing process for individuals working in the point-of-use/point-of-entry water quality industry. Ken spent six months studying five textbooks in preparation for the required test, but he contends that it was his years of experience that helped him prepare for the WQA certification test. As Ken explained, “The hardest part wasn’t taking the test, I was prepared for the test. The hardest part was finding the time to study and staying focused while I was studying. When you have 6 kids, there is always a sibling argument that needs to be policed.”

In addition to being WQA certified, Ken is also NARDA (North American Retail Dealers Association) certified in Type 1 appliances, which includes refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, under the counter ice makers, and drinking water coolers. Ken graduated from Central Montgomery County Vocational Technical School in electronics servicing in 1992. After working in the mental health industry for several years, Ken followed his passion and worked for AVM Services before joining the Quench family in June of 2004 as a field service technician.

While a field service technician, Ken received recognition as “Service Technician of the Year” two years in a row. Ken, then, moved off the road and worked as a warehouse technician, checking the quality of Quench machines. After working as a warehouse technician, Ken became the warehouse manager, warehouse purchaser, production floor manager to finally the role he has now as the Quality Control and Service Technician Liaison.

In his current role, Ken quality-checks Quench units before they are sent to field service technicians; he offers support for warehouse technicians and field service technicians, as well as tests new water filtration technologies and possible new Quench machines. As Ken explains, his favorite part of his day, is “working with the warehouse technicians to improve the quality of Quench products and to help train field service technicians to ensure the best quality machine and service for our customers.”

When Ken is not working on providing our customers with the best quality machine and service, he likes to go on adventures with his kids, and now his newborn grandson. (Congrats, Ken!). When he has free time away from his kids, he likes to get his hands dirty working on old cars, including his 1987 Cadillac Brougham. One day, when he doesn’t have to police sibling fights anymore, Ken hopes to explore his family’s heritage by visiting Ireland, specifically Limerick where his great grandmother’s quilts are on display in a cultural museum.

Congratulations, Ken! Thanks for being such an integral part of the Quench family!

Weird Water News – November 7

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

  • From water to Coca-Cola and back to water again! Designer Helmut Smits has created a piece of installation art that reverses the distillery process and turns Coca-Cola back into water!
  • College students give up beer?! For 10 days in November, students at the University of Oklahoma are giving up beer, coffee, and soft drinks to donate money to provide clean drinking water to impoverished countries.
  • Bring the party with you! This reusable water bottle also has a wireless speaker that can play music for up to 6 hours.
  • Photobombing dolphin!  A newlywed couple were enjoying their first kiss when a dolphin jumped out of the water photobombing their picture.
  • Forget the world, this statue has the whole ocean on her shoulders! Artist and conservationist Jason deCaires Taylor designed and built an 18 feet tall statue to be used as an artificial reef off the coast of the Bahamas.

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…