Are you AquAidly hydrated? (Puns in a watery world)

Are you AquAidly hydrated? (Puns in a watery world)

With the all-encompassing advent of our world online, I have been wondering for some time now if puns just aren’t the things of beauty they once were.  Post millennium there are more social media pun dedicated pages than you could shake a stick at. I’ve also noticed (an observation, not a criticism) that quite a few are really reaching.

One can’t help but think that if puns are becoming obsolete (by the mere fact that there are just too many of them being churned out to be of any relevance) are the other witty extensions of language soon to be on a slippery slope of obsolescence?

While you ponder these thoughts, we’d like you to consider the raison d’être behind the rather pun filled headline of this blog.

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, what we’re asking (a perennial favourite) is are you adequately (AquAidly) hydrated? If not, why not? Is it because you’re unsure of what qualifies as adequate hydration? Well, there we can help.

Being as we are a water and water cooler provider of some 20 years, it’s our business to know all about proper hydration.  We’re constantly checking to ensure that we’re up-to-date about all things drinking water related.

One of the ways that we pass on this information to you, dear online reader, is by providing a quick reference guide at our website. That’s here.

Aside from that, we have over 22 AquAid branches throughout the UK, staffed by highly experienced water knowledgeable teams who are more than equipped to provide you with the right water provision solution tailor-made to suit your hydration requirements.

We can’t, of course, make you hydrate properly as that’s certainly up to you. We’re also not using the terms – lead-horse-water-drink in here, perish the thought – but we are hoping that you recognise for your own health and well-being how important it is to make sure that you are aware that in order to perform at your peak, whether at work or play, you need to be adequately (AquAidly) hydrated.

We’d love to be able to assist. Contact us today.

The Benefits of Instant Hot Water Taps

The Benefits of Instant Hot Water Taps

Instant Taps are growing in popularity and there’s been an increase in demand particularly in office breakout areas and at hotels and conferencing venues where sleek and stylish water-point alternatives are preferred. If you’re in the process of refurbishing or considering making any changes to your current refreshment area, consider the benefits and convenience of these aesthetically pleasing taps.

Versatile & Flexible

Instant Taps are versatile enough to cater for whatever your water needs may be. The AquAid Instant Tap can dispense boiling and ambient water at the touch of a button – it is adaptable to include a chilling system as well, which means that all your water needs can be met in one elegant solution. Alternatively if chilled water is your only requirement, the AquAid Chill Tap can dispense cold water at your preferred temperature. Flexible installation options allow Instant Taps to be fitted with a drain-away tray mounted into a countertop away from the sink, or they can be fitted on the edge of the sink or draining board itself.

Sleek & Compact

Beautifully designed, Instant Taps provide a sleek and stylish alternative to traditional water dispensers and boilers. Perfect for boardrooms, conferencing and refreshment stations, their versatility in terms of being able to dispense boiling, ambient and chilled water all from one tap also means they take up far less space than their traditional counterparts. Sunk into the countertop with the water boiler and/or chilling unit discreetly hidden underneath the worktop, they are compact and space-saving, allowing seamless integration into your office kitchen or breakout area.

Efficient & Cost-Effective

The main advantage of Instant Taps is in the name – it’s instant. The fact that there’s instantly-ready and limitless boiling or chilled filtered water at the ready is hugely convenient, and it saves a great deal of time too. Waiting for a kettle to boil is no longer necessary; everyone can enjoy their drink of choice at the touch of a button, making Instant Taps one of the most efficient additions to any refreshment area. And because hot water taps use less water – typically people fill a kettle with more water than they need – it’s a resource and energy-efficient option too, saving you both time and money.

Versatile and flexible; sleek and compact; efficient and cost-effective – all compelling reasons to install the AquAid Instant Tap or AquAid Chill Tap. Rest assured that whatever your water needs may be, we’ll help find the best solution for your office or organisation.

Welcome to AquAid Surrey

Welcome to AquAid Surrey

Our AquAid Surrey began operating in 1998 and is owned by Richard Hopkins. Based in Chessington, Richard and his team supply an extensive range of innovative and high quality water coolers and dispensers to a broad range of customers in offices, medical centres, colleges and schools in and around the Surrey area. Committed to meeting AquAid’s exacting customer service standards, they pride themselves on the superior service they provide to over 4,000 customers.

Areas Covered:  Chelsea, Chertsey, Chessington, Clapham, Croydon, Fulham, Godalming, Guildford, Hammersmith, Heathrow, Kensington, Kingston, New Malden, Putney, Sutton, Teddington, Twickenham, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Woking.

AquAid Surrey is located at: Unit 8, Chessington Trade Park, 60 Cox Lane, Surrey, KT9 1TW

Surrey is one of the most fascinating counties of England as these snippets will attest to:

  • Originally an area attached to the Kingdom of the Middle Saxons (Middlesex), the name Surrey itself derives from ‘the southern region’.*
  • The three most popular street names in Surrey are High Street, Church Road and Station Road.*
  • Guildford is named after a ford of golden sand just south of the town – it was dredged in 1760 when the river was deepened to make it navigable for barges up as far as Godalming.*
  • The name Godalming itself, meanwhile, comes from the area belonging to ‘Godhelm’s people’. This Godhelm was, according to local legend, a fierce and bloodthirsty English pagan warrior.*
  • Such was its fame apparently, slips from the Weeping Willow planted by Alexander Pope in his garden at Twickenham were sent to the Empress Catherine of Russia.*
  • In HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds, the sixth Martian invasion cylinder landed in Wimbledon.*

Whether you’re based in Chelsea, Heathrow or Putney, AquAid Surrey are more than equipped to meet all of your water cooler and water related product requirements.  Contact one of their friendly team today.

*sources:  Surrey Life; Information Britain; Express

Welcome to AquAid South Kent

Welcome to AquAid South Kent

Located in South East England, our AquAid South Kent  branch is one of our longest standing branches and is owned and managed by the very experienced Manetta Leigh.  Based in Eythorne, Manetta and her team supply an extensive range of innovative and high-quality water cooler and dispensers to offices and schools in and around the South Kent area. Committed to meeting AquAid’s exacting customer service standards, they pride themselves on the superior service they provide to hundreds of customers.

Areas Covered

Ashford, Bexhill, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Hastings, Herne Bay, Hythe, Margate, New Romney, Ramsgate, Rye, Sandwich, St Leonards, Westgate, Whitstable.

AquAid South Kent are located at: Eythorne Court, Shepherswell Road, Eythorne, Nr Dover, CT15 4AD

Wherever you’re situated in the regions that AquAid South Kent service, it’s sure to be an area of great interest, historically or otherwise:

Canterbury – The Canterbury trot was the name given to the way pilgrims rode their horses to get to the city before the night-time curfew.  That was the origin of the verb ‘to canter’.

Hastings is one of the medieval Cinque Ports. It has the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. The beach is called Stade which is a Saxon term meaning landing place.

The town is most famous for 1066 – the Castle was built by William the Conqueror.  Its ruins are at the top of the West Hill and the steepest funicular railway in Britain takes passengers from the Old Town up the hill to the Castle.

Margate – In the 1700s, bathing in the sea and drinking seawater became a fashionable cure for all sorts of diseases.  From the Georgian period onwards, visitors from London began flocking to resorts like Margate for the seawater cure and increasingly as a place to socialise. Margate has built a reputation as a place for bathing in the sea – both for health and pleasure.

Ramsgate was a main embarkation port from the UK during the Napoleonic Wars. On one occasion 40,000 troops embarked from the town.  During World War Two, Ramsgate was a major contributor towards the rescue of the troops from the Dunkirk Beaches.

The first international hover port in the world was at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate.

Sandwich has had at least eight windmills over the centuries, the earliest reference to a mill being dated 1608. The White Mill is the only survivor. It was built in 1760 and worked by wind until 1929, then by engine until 1957. Today it has been restored and is a heritage and folk museum.

Wherever you’re based in one of the 18 locales detailed above, AquAid South Kent  caters for all your water cooler and dispenser needs. Contact one of their helpful team today.

*sources: Discoverbritainstowns  Visitthanet Ramsgate  Wikipedia

Welcome to AquAid Belfast

Welcome to AquAid Belfast

AquAid Belfast has represented AquAid Northern Ireland for the past 18 years. The branch opened its doors in 2000 and is owned by Paul Henderson. Based in Boucher Place, Paul and his team supply a wide range of high quality water coolers and dispensers to customers in offices, work sites, medical centres, colleges and schools in and around Belfast.

Committed to meeting AquAid’s exacting customer service standards, they pride themselves on the superior service they provide to over 500 customers.

Areas Covered:  Antrim, Ballyclare, Ballygowan, Ballymena, Ballynahinch, Banbridge, Bangor, Belfast, Carryduff, Comber, Crawfordsburn, Downpatrick, Dromore, Hillsborough, Holywood, Larne, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Portadown, Portglenone.

AquAid Belfast is located at: 6 Windsor Bus Park, Boucher Place, Belfast.

Belfast is city filled to the brim with a fascinating history, culture and unusual facts, such as:

  • In 1965, Professor James Francis Pantridge and Dr John Geddis, both working at the Royal Victoria Hospital, modified the hospital’s defibrillator using two car batteries to create the world’s first portable defibrillator. His invention, stationed in various locations, has saved thousands of lives throughout the world.*
  • The writer Clive Staples Lewis – known the world over as CS Lewis – is from east Belfast. Considered one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century, he wrote more than 30 books, including the universally acknowledged classics ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. To date, the Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and have been turned into three major motion pictures.*
  • The Strand on the Holywood Road is the only remaining fully-functioning Art Deco cinema in Ireland.*
  • A series of hills flank the north-western side of Belfast, including Divis Mountain, Black Mountain and Cavehill. Cavehill is believed to have inspired author Jonathan Swift’s sleeping giant in his Gulliver’s Travels novel. When Swift resided at Lilliput Cottage near the bottom of Belfast’s Limestone Road, he imagined that the Cavehill resembled the shape of a sleeping giant safeguarding the city.*

Whether you’re based in Ballyclare, Holywood or Portglenone or any one of the other 18 locales AquAid Belfast services – the branch is more than equipped to meet all of your water cooler and water related product requirements.

Contact one of their friendly team today.

*sources: Belfast Telegraph; Belfast Vibe; Travelling with the Jones

AquAid Reading

AquAid Reading

Located in South East England, our AquAid Reading branch opened its doors in 2000 and is owned and managed by the highly-experienced Steve Wood. Steve and his team supply an extensive range of innovative and high-quality water coolers and dispensers to offices, worksites, medical facilities, universities, colleges and schools in and around the Reading area. Committed to meeting AquAid’s exacting customer service standards, they pride themselves on the superior service they provide to more than 1,200 customers.

AquAid Reading provides tip top services and top quality water coolers and dispensers to the following areas:

Abingdon, Aldershot, Alton, Ascot, Bracknell, Camberley, Crowthorne, Didcot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Henley-on-Thames, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Reading, Wallingford, Wantage, Windsor, Wokingham.

AquAid Reading are located at: Unit C7 Reading Small Business Centre, Weldale Street, Reading, RG1 7BX

Here are a few titbits about the areas where AquAid Reading provide their services to:

Ascot:  Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. The first race – Her Majesty’s Plate – was run that year, for a purse of 100 guineas. The racecourse remains the property of the reigning monarch, and of course hosts the royal meeting that is one of the great events of ‘the season’.  Ascot is a corruption of the original name of East Cote.*

Reading:  Jane Austen attended what became the town’s Abbey School. It was actually then called Reading Ladies’ Boarding School, and was located within the precincts of the Abbey.

Mapledurham House is the original setting for Toad of Toad Hall. E.H. Shepard’s drawing closely resembles the building – though various others claim the honour too.

Windsor:  Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world. Successive monarchs from William the Conqueror onwards have had a hand in extending and altering the building. What began as a motte and bailey fortress to dominate the Thames metamorphosed over centuries – George IV in particular employing the architect Jeffry Wyatt to make changes a Disney designer would blush at – extra crenellations, more oriel windows, and another 30 feet or more on the Norman round tower.

Wherever you’re based in one of the A’s, C’s and W’s of AquAid Reading , the branch caters for all of your water cooler and dispenser needs.  Contact one of their helpful team today.

*source:  Information Britain