Quite some time ago we recounted stories of some of the oddest recorded road spills around the globe. Read about them here.
Time for an update we thought. So off we flew to the ether gathering information. Turns out, the best spill stories happen to come from an unexpected source!
20 tonnes of yeast extract
*A lot of yeast extract ended up across the M1 in South Yorkshire in 2011.
Specialist clean-up teams were needed to help clear the sticky black stuff off the motorway. It took 12 hours to clean up and fix the damage.
Thousands of lager cans
When a lorry shed its load of lager cans following an incident in Coventry in 2011, highways teams had to pick up every beverage by hand before reopening the motorway.
Cement poses problems after a motorway spill. Specialist teams were called out to help clear the road before the cement could get wet and start to set. It eventually took 18 hours to clear the road.
I suppose, in this sea of rather sticky accounts of spills and mishaps, it’s nice to know that should your water cooler malfunction to such a degree, the worst thing spilling will be water – really not hard to clean up and no sticky, messy residue.
Even better and more reassuring though is that as per WHA guidelines, AquAid’s WHA accredited service technicians sanitise all bottle-fed water coolers every 3 months and all mains-fed water dispensers every 6 months, thus ensuring these high-quality water dispensers continue with their seamless delivery of refreshing drinking water.
*source: from an article at GOV.UK
The majority of people are under the impression that dehydration is something that happens only to athletes. The truth is that it happens to everyone, across all lifestyles and of all ages. Athletes just experience dehydration faster, with signs that are more visible.
Whether it is during a long walk to the office or during physical training, our body heats up when it works hard. To try to cool your body down enough to prevent heat stroke and to reduce core temperature, our bodies have to perspire. The perspiration evaporates to assist the body to reduce temperature. The drawback is that during warmer weather or constantly being in heated environments the perspiration is not efficient, and your body continues to sweat to try to reduce heat. As a result, dehydration accelerates.
There are a few tips that can assist you in avoiding dehydration during your exercise and fitness training and daily life. The most important tip is to keep hydrated, and not to wait until you are thirsty.
Drink water often, and at regular intervals. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already short of close to 1.5 litres of body fluids. It can take over a full day to recover from that type of dehydration. If you continue to work, train or exercise without sufficient hydration, your body can suffer from heat stroke. Dehydration affects everyone however; it usually affects unfit, elderly adults and overweight individuals far more quickly.
About 0.5L of water 1-2 hours before your exercise should assist you to stay cool, increase your performance and reduce your risk of heat stroke and dehydration dramatically. Avoid coffee, teas and any drink with alcohol in it, as these will cause you to urinate more often, and increase your fluid loss. Remember that after your exercise, long walk or strenuous activity to drink lots of water. Do this as soon as possible to give your body the help that it needs to recover.
Need access to a constant supply of refreshing drinking water but don’t currently have a water dispenser?
There is an easy solution. Contact AquAid’s experienced and professional in-house agents. We offer a free on-site survey to assess your water dispenser requirements. This obligation-free service helps establish whether you are best served installing bottled or mainsfed water coolers.
Whatever your preference, AquAid supply a wide range of water dispensers and water coolers to our customers.
Installing a water dispenser makes sense as they offer the user the best quality water at convenient temperatures.
AquAid is one of the largest water dispensing companies in the U.K. Established by Paul Searle in 1998, who went door-to-door selling bottled water coolers and bottled water to home customers, our business has
has grown exponentially since these humble beginnings. We now offer a high quality range of water cooler dispensers to all industries, including small, medium and large companies, construction sites through to schools and dentists; doctors; fitness centres and production companies.
Having a water dispenser on site for any organisation means they are able to offer cool, fresh drinking water to whoever visits them, as well as being able to keep all those in their organisation properly hydrated.
Numerous studies have shown that keeping hydrated can increase one’s mental and physical performance by as much as 20% – thus enabling employees to keep properly hydrated throughout the working day and for schools, it means that both the staff and children keep themselves hydrated, all while helping the children better concentrate in class.
The health benefits from proper hydration are manifold. People often mistake thirst for hunger. This can adversely affect health as instead of drinking water, people may overeat as they don’t realise they are, in fact, dehydrated. Dehydration can have a negative effect resulting in poor concentration, headaches, feeling tired and listless and poor health overall.
Having a water cooler dispenser in your office, workplace, site, rooms or school means you’ll be able to offer everyone the opportunity to drink water and keep hydrated.
AquAid supply a wide range of water cooler dispensers available in bottled or mains fed.
The bottled water cooler dispensers are perfect for the smaller businesses or work environments that do not have hundreds of individuals to service.
For larger offices, business centres and schools, the mains fed water coolers are the most practical and cost effective. These units filter and purify the water that comes out of your normal taps, giving you clean and safe water whenever you need it.
Furthermore, having adjustable water temperatures your AquAid water dispenser offers a choice of piping hot water for hot water drinks or chilled drinking water throughout the year.
With all the benefits that water cooler dispensers offer, why not install one today?
Give the fantastic team at AquAid a call and they will gladly assist you with all your water cooler dispenser needs.
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Glass half full? Half empty? Where does the expression originate? The exact origin of the idiom is unclear; however, digital records seem to show it originated in the first half of the 1900s. Glass half-full/half-empty of what you may ask? Well, water is the standard, so we’ll stay with that.
If you’re not familiar with the expression, it stems from the idea that believing the glass is always half-full means you have a positive outlook and believing the glass is half empty means your outlook is more negative.
Alternatively, could it originate from the unfortunate occasion when your bottled water is depleted? Even if this is the scenario, there is still good news!
If you have any of the high quality range of AquAid Bottled Water Coolers installed in your workplace, we arrange a scheduled water delivery with you, thereby ensuring your drinking water is always more glass half-full than half-empty.
Even better, if you have any of the top quality AquAid Mains Fed Water Coolers installed, your water glass will always be full.
More news that is positive is that AquAid supply water dispensers nationwide, utilising 22 branches situated at local locations convenient to your premises. Whether you operate a small, medium or gargantuan business, AquAid has a tailor-made drinking water solution for you.
Irrespective of the half-full, half-empty dilemma, it’s good to know that ensuring a permanent supply of drinking water on site is something at which AquAid excel. As well we should, with 23 years’ experience and a highly dedicated team committed to providing our very best service at all times.
Needing to drink water often is something that affects us all. None more so than when performing on stage. This is something we commonly see, particularly with stand-up comedians.
The performer invariably keeps a bottle of water with them onstage from which they often sip. Being funny and getting laughs can be mouth drying, itchy throat, and perspiration drenching work, as many comedians can attest.
The same can be said for all thespians who tread the boards performing for an audience. And we imagine this was no different over 2,000 years ago when the first theatre appeared in Ancient Greece.
It isn’t only the performers who need to ensure they constantly hydrate though. Putting on any production is thirsty work! Theatre is the sum of many parts: stagehands, stage and set design, building, costume design, sound and lighting technicians, narrators, stand-ins, ushers, ticket sales – all play an important role in making sure that the performance works!
At AquAid, we are very proud to be associated with provision of cool, refreshing drinking water dispensed from our bottled and mains water coolers for the duration of countless productions across the UK – from small community playhouses to grand theatre and every type of event in-between.
It’s with this in mind that we wish all those involved in this incredible profession, who have delighted, shocked, inspired and enthralled with their craft, a wonderful #WorldTheatreDay! Encore!
Are we getting a little ahead of ourselves? Of course we are. Why? Because we can.
If you’re wondering what we’re referring to, we’re talking about March 1st being the first day of spring. March first isn’t actually the first day of spring, that’s on 20 March. However, most meteorologists recognize March 1 as the first day of meteorological spring. With a nod of approval from such auspicious quarters, we’re going with it.
The icy grip of winter seemed so recent when lo and behold, the crocuses peeked their beautiful heads out of the soil and officially announced it’s spring.
Whatever way we approach this change of season, keeping fit and perhaps shedding some of our bear type hibernation weight becomes somewhat of a priority. This means (hopefully), that one’s water intake will increase too. To make your water intake more fab and fun, try a different approach to ensure good hydration habits
If drinking water all day is what bores you, try treating it as a meal or, better yet, three meals. Drink water to a comfortable fullness 3 times a day. On colder days, it might be less, on warmer days, more. Comfortable fullness should be enough to stay hydrated. This will lower the amount of calories you eat for roughly an hour afterward.
Simply change the way you drink water – out of a glass instead of a bottle, for example. Alternatively, drink it at a different temperature. If you change the temperature, you can change the experience and that can be enough to alter your water intake. Remember, cold water takes longer to drink. If you want to down it faster – to get your water intake over with – drink it at room temperature instead of icy cold.
Whether commuting, exercising, being sedentary, working, relaxing or socialising – in fact, pretty much every -ing, keep hydrated this spring – it can only be good for you.
Remember also to speak to us at AquAid for all your water requirements (we have something for all seasons). We offer a range of water dispensers: high volume watercoolers for children and staff at schools as well as a range of low, medium and high volume mainsfed or bottlefed watercoolers for use on building sites, at events and in warehouses, workspaces and offices nationwide.