You may ask what the connection is, rightly so. It stems from family advice passed down through the generations – if you wanted your puds to rise and stay light and crispy during roasting in piping hot oil, ice-cold water was needed for the batter mixture. According to my Mum’s Nan, the best Yorkshire puds resulted from snapping off icicles and adding those to the batter.
It would seem that with the current weather we’re experiencing harvesting icicles for baking is a doddle. Now that we have that best baking tip sorted out, next we look at if it’s safe to use icicles or snow for your drinking water.
Generally speaking, it is safe to eat clean ice and snow during the winter in the wild outdoors. The same is not always true in urban areas where pollutants may be present. In the outdoors, pay attention to where you gather icicles. Gathering icicles from an evergreen tree in the countryside is one thing; snapping icicles from a roof edge another. If you hold an icicle up to the light and it looks clear and clean, it’s usually safe. However, there are other toxic reasons not to crunch on a snowball or lick an icicle.
Eating snow and icicles is tempting, especially when working up a sweat outside. However, you’ll want to consider where you find your seemingly delicious snow or ice. For instance, icicles formed on older homes may contain lead or other metals that are unsafe for consumption.
As we continue with self-isolation, working remotely or at a distance in the office or you if you have set up a home office, you may well ask if the chilled water from your AquAid water cooler is suitable for your food batters. It may be, however, although the cold water dispensed from your water cooler may be the perfect temperature, we would suggest that you reserve your water cooler water strictly for drinking. Especially if you are in a shared office. Whereas some of your colleagues (or family) may be delighted with your resourcefulness using chilled water from your water cooler in your baking efforts, others may not be.
Remember, for all your chilled, cool and hot water dispensers, whether Bottle-Fed or Mains-Fed; Hot Water Boilers; Hot and Cold Instant Taps as well as our range of Touch-Free Water Dispensers, speak to us at AquAid.
We remain operational and continue to take all precautions and necessary steps to reduce any risk to both staff and customers. Read our Covid-19 risk assessment.
Seeing where we are, we thought it might be prudent and practical to update the guidelines around what is considered good etiquette when replenishing your water bottle or water glass at your office water cooler.
Queuing instead of gathering. Unlike previously where we referred to confusing queues, that’s unlikely to happen currently. Therefore, less queue confusion and more distance queuing is in order. The positive here is it’s unlikely that you’ll need to fight your way past other chatters seeking hydration, allowing you more time and easier access to your cool water or hot water for your lemon water, tea, coffee or a newcomer, the bubble tea (more on this in another instalment).
Distance dispensing. We’re sure that every employer, as with all employees, is making sure that their office or workspace is routinely sanitised and cleansed, to ensure you a safe working environment, with you doing your bit, of course. At AquAid, each of our range of top quality water dispensers is designed in keeping with the highest levels of hygiene at the forefront. This includes the recent introduction of a range of Touch-Free hot and cold water dispensers as well as a non-touch, easy fit attachment for our entire range of hot water boilers.
Sanitise, sanitise, sanitise. As with distance dispensing, maintaining good sanitisation habits protects both you and your colleagues. Again, integral to our business, we understand the importance of sanitisation, which is why we sanitise all Bottled water coolers every three months and all Mainsfed water dispensers every six months.
But, what about your water cooler supplier? How are they helping to ensure a constant, safe supply of drinking water? Rest assured that here at AquAid, we continue to take all precautions and necessary steps to reduce any risk to both staff and customers.
We’re sure, with these updated water cooler etiquettes, we can continue to band together (at a respectful distance, mind) to keep the water cooler the friendliest spot in the office, wherever that may be.
When you’re looking to install a water cooler, no matter the size of your office or workspace, speak to us at AquAid.
- AquAid is local to you. With 23 distribution centres across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, AquAid are well placed to manage all your water cooler and dispenser needs, no matter where you are. This means we’re able to attend to and action your requests, orders, deliveries and queries quickly and efficiently. Moreover, with dedicated personnel and efficient systems at each branch, we ensure you receive the best quality service at all times.
- As a business, we are always cognisant of the impact on our environment and continuously strive to minimise our carbon footprint. These efforts include switching over to paperless billing systems (e-mail invoicing) through to giving our customers the best advice about whether the installation of a mains-fed or bottle-fed water cooler will best meet your organisation’s drinking water needs.
- We place a high importance on corporate social responsibility (CSR). In this regard, since the inception of the AquAid business, we have collaborated with charities that provide sustainable solutions to poverty and aid in emergency relief where needed. This means by using AquAid as your water cooler supplier, you are bringing life changing solutions and creating more sustainable futures to millions of people in need.
- An added bonus of these charitable donations is that your participation is generally passive – the donations we make to both The Africa Trust and Christian Aid stems from our water cooler sales. However, we do encourage our customers, through various campaigns, to spread the word about how your water cooler purchases are making a substantial difference in others’ lives.
Telephone us on 0800 772 3003 or contact us at our website today to find out more about how we can provide you with tailor-made drinking water dispenser solutions.
Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation 1992, the employer has a responsibility to provide an adequate supply of drinking water. However, the employer must ensure that the facilities provided are done so safely and are maintained correctly to avoid any risk to the employees.
The location of your water cooler is the first step to ensuring the safety of your staff. The water cooler needs to be seen to encourage drinking water yet it should not impede the flow of movement in and around the office. Power cables need to be neatly tucked away and any spare water bottles should be stored safely to avoid any mishaps.
A qualified technician should also carry out the installation of your machine.
The WHA (Water Dispenser & Hydration Association) is an association that was formed:
‘To ensure the attainment of the highest standards of quality, safety, hygiene and ethical conduct in the water dispenser industry through unimpeachable products and services supplied by Members to their Customers, in full recognition of the Industry’s environmental responsibilities, whilst promoting hydration benefits.’
The WHA only use WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approved training courses. It is highly recommended that when considering your water dispenser supplier you choose one that is a member of the WHA. In this way, you can be assured that the minimum required standards are being met.
By using a WHA member you can also be assured that, the materials used for the installation of your water coolers are suitable for contact with drinking water and that the technician installing your dispenser has WHA accredited training.
Should you opt for a Mainsfed Water Cooler: a water cooler that is connected directly to your water mains – there are further installation guidelines that will be adhered to by the technician.
- The machine must be connected to a fresh water supply and not to a water storage tank.
- The water cooler should also be located within a close proximity to both the power socket and the mains water supply.
- The WHA guidelines advise that the location of the machine needs to be within five metres of the mains supply to ensure optimal hygiene is taking place as well as getting the best water pressure levels available.
As with all equipment, it is not enough to just ensure that the water dispenser has been installed safely and correctly. Maintenance, servicing and cleaning play a vital role in ensuring you are getting the optimal value out of any piece of equipment and the water cooler is no different.
Due to the nature of their water delivery, Bottled Water Coolers need to be sanitised every three months whilst Mains Fed Water Coolers should be serviced and their filters cleaned every six months.
Keep a formal record of the services carried out by your supplier, ensure the guidelines are being met and good quality filters are being used. However, do not simply rely on your visit from your supplier to keep your machine in its best condition. By carrying out simple yet effective maintenance you can easily contribute to ensuring your water cooler continues to offer high quality drinking water. Empty the drip tray regularly and keep all external parts of the water cooler clean. A dirty water cooler will not encourage staff to drink.
Having a water cooler on site is indispensable to any organisation and it plays a vital role in the well-being of your office staff. To be assured that you are getting the best out of your water dispenser, begin by ensuring it offers no risk to your employees.
COVID-19 – Risk Assessment
The health and well-being of our staff and customers is of paramount importance to us here at AquAid. We are continuing to closely monitor the Covid-19 outbreak situation and would like to reassure you that we are taking all precautions and necessary steps to reduce any risk to both staff and customers. Follow the link to read our Covid-19 Risk assessment statement. It will be continuously updated in line with changes to best practice or government advice.
We understand that you wish the best for everyone who works in your office – and that their health and well-being is vital for their being able to perform at their very best while they are at work.
That said, we also understand that the focus of your day-to-day business operations most likely isn’t directed towards what the best, most cost-effective and convenient solutions are to ensure that your staff have easy access to a constant supply of refreshing chilled drinking water.
The good news is that there is a simple solution. Speak to us at AquAid . For more than 22 years, we have been supplying office water coolers and bottled water from source to more than 33,000 customers across the UK.
What’s more, we offer nationwide coverage with our 23 branches across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland; all committed to meeting AquAid’s exacting customer service standards.
Unsure of what water cooler you need for your office?
We offer a free on-site survey to assess what your needs are and which of our range of high-quality office water coolers, be they bottled, mainsfed water coolers or water boilers best suit your requirements.
AquAid are a large organisation – are we able to provide a personal touch?
With AquAid, you gain the efficiency and resources of a national company coupled with the personal, hands-on service of a local provider. In addition, because we understand that each customer’s needs are different, we tailor each contract to meet your specific requirements.
Added benefits at no cost
Aside from providing office water coolers, installed by one of our qualified engineers, as well as a three or six month service carried out by our WHA accredited service technicians, partnering with AquAid results in you also helping to bring opportunity and hope to thousands of people every day.
Each installation of an AquAid Mainsfed water cooler and each bottle of water purchased carry an automatic donation to the charities that AquAid have supported since our inception in 1998.
For all your office water cooler requirements, contact AquAid: Website: www.aquaidwatercoolers.co.uk E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org: Phone: 0800 772 3003
You did read that right. One of the simplest ways to check how hydrated (or dehydrated for that matter) you are is to:
Pinch yourself. Your hydration level directly affects your skin’s ability to change shape and return to normal. Using your pointer finger and thumb, gently pinch the skin on the back of your hand and hold for a few seconds. If the skin takes a while to return to its normal position when you let go, you could be dehydrated. A gentle pinch, mind, the idea is not to hurt yourself.
Reverse the dehydration. Now that you’ve established that you are more dehydrated than you realised, counteraction is easy.
Drink water more. In the current circumstances, good health habits can easily fall by the wayside. Don’t allow this. Whether you work remotely, have returned to your office or formal workplace or are constantly on the go, make sure you always have access to drinking water and carry water with you.
Hydration boosts better function. Increasing your water intake not only produces a healthier, plumped up skin but also your body and mind’s ability to function better overall.
Water refresh where? That’s where AquAid come in. For over 22 years, we have been providing an extensive range of high quality water coolers to businesses, work sites and the educational sector across the UK. With more than 23 branches nationwide, we are well equipped to provide the best drinking water solution for your organisation, however large or small your staff contingent. Once installed, our range of water dispensers, from Bottle-Fed and Mains-Fed through to Hot Water Boilers and Instant Taps, each carry a donation to charity, providing safe water resources to millions of people in need in impoverished communities.
Contact us at AquAid today.