Schools are back and with the new terms, we’re hopefully heading for warmer weather. This means our children being more active and consequently, the need to have easy access to drinking water throughout the school day.
The good news here is school water coolers are pretty much de rigeur in schools across the U.K.
According to the British Nutrition Foundation the amount of fluid a child needs depends on many factors including age, gender, weather and how much physical activity they get but generally children should aim to have six to eight drinks per day which should ideally be water (on top of the water provided by food in the diet).
Younger children need relatively small servings (e.g. 150ml per drink) and older children need larger servings (e.g. 250-300ml per drink).
Children should be encouraged to sip fluids at regular intervals throughout the day – often children drink fluids at the end of the day when dehydration has already begun.
Practical tips that help children to keep hydrated
- Ensure children have a drink before school i.e. with breakfast, and during breaks/playtime. An effective method to kick-start good hydration habits is to lead by example. If you as an adult, parent or guardian are seen to be drinking water often, your children will soon pick up the habit – young children love to emulate what mom or dad is doing. Moreover, you’re doing not just your kids but yourself a favour too.
- During current circumstances, parents may not be able to tour the school. Ask if the school – especially if it’s a new school – can advise how many water cooler stations are on the premises and if these can be shown to the child, so they are easily able to top up their water bottles or drink water between classes.
- It’s worth remembering that many foods have a high water content and can contribute to fluid intake. i.e. fruit, vegetables, soup, yogurt.
At AquAid, we supply Water Dispensers specifically designed to suit the school environment, including the recent addition of our wide range of Touch-Free Water Coolers. These dispensers, equipped with anti-bacterial taps and various drainage options to reduce overflow and spillage also feature contact-free dispense points thereby ensuring a safe, hygienic and constant supply of fresh drinking water throughout the day.
Deciding on a water cooler for your organisation’s drinking water requirements may seem a daunting task. Should you opt for a Bottle-Fed or Mains-Fed dispenser? What capacity? Do you need a constant supply of chilled, cool or hot water? Or both chilled and hot?
At AquAid, we are able to alleviate such concerns easily. By utilising our twenty-three years of operational experience and drawing on the expertise from our twenty-three localised branches we are able to provide our customers with the very best solution in which of our range of high quality water dispensers will best meet your drinking water requirements.
A few examples:
Bottled Water Coolers are ideal where portable water or a mains water supply is unavailable. Depending on the dispenser, the bottles can hold two, three or five gallons of water.
Mains Fed Water Coolers provide an unlimited amount of fresh and cooled water coupled with a fixed price. The average bottled water customer could save up to 70% by switching to one of these mains-fed cool water machines.
We have also introduced a range of Touch Free Water Coolers, available in both Bottle-Fed and Mains-Fed watercoolers and boilers. Demand for these non-contact water dispensers has increased significantly, as more organisations create work bubbles thereby ensuring safe, convenient access to a constant supply of refreshing drinking water.
Our water cooler experts will also guide you on the perfect fit, irrespective of the size and location of your organisation. For all your drinking water requirements throughout the year, speak to us at AquAid Water Coolers.
We’ve given quite a bit of attention to British trivia over the years for good reason. Trivia is interesting, fun, it keeps your brain active and just as important, it provides you with a wealth of interesting knowledge you can impart to your colleagues, family and friends whenever you head off to replenish your drinking water at your water cooler station.
During the past year, we’ve seen the world turned on its head, the new ‘normal’ remaining ultimately unreal and strange compared to what we’re used to. So, in this rather topsy-turvy existence we thought it might be nice to impart a little brevity, as a way to alleviate the seriousness we’re all experiencing.
At 1,345 metres (4,413 ft.)the highest mountain in the UK is Ben Nevis, beating the next tallest, Ben Macdui, by around 100ft. ‘Ben Nevis’ is an Anglicisation of its actual Scottish Gaelic name: Beinn Nibheis.
The legal definition of a mountain is land over 600 metres (1,969 ft.). When Calf Top in Cumbria was re-surveyed in 2016 and confirmed to be 6 millimetres above the 609.6 m threshold for a 2,000 ft. peak, the Ordnance Survey described Calf Top as England’s ‘last mountain’.
Completed in 2012, London’s The Shard, at 309.6 metres (1,016 feet), is the UKs tallest building.
The UK and Japan tie for the most winners of the international Pritzker Prize for Architecture over the last 25 years.
Science & Nature
Oxford born theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking wrote several children’s books with his daughter, Lucy, which feature a character ‘George’ – they combine science and adventure.
A blue whale can hold up to 5,000kgs of water in its mouth. As much as select of our range of water coolers have the capability to constantly supply refreshing drinking water to large organisations, we regret we’re not able to provide blue whale water coolers. Also … saltwater.
I think it’s safe to assume that here at AquAid, we like trivia. It may be as we understand the connection between cognitive function and how drinking water keeps one in tiptop trivia retaining knowledge mode – aside from being able to perform better throughout the working day of course – almost as important!
sources: Ben Nevis Calf Top The Shard Architecture Stephen Hawking Blue Whale
With World Book Day on the horizon, we thought it prudent to look at the connection between good hydration habits and one’s ability to read better. And not only to read better, but how drinking a sufficient volume of water daily not only assists with the brain’s cognitive function, increasing our ability for better comprehension but also can be more conducive to reading purely for enjoyment and not just to overcome illiteracy. The idea of a person not being able to read or indeed not even considering reading for enjoyment is an anathema to those who consider reading one of life’s great pursuits. Sadly, not being able to read for millions of people, children and adults alike, is reality.
There have been numerous studies on cognitive function and hydration. In one study, researchers from the University of East London and the University of Westminster in the UK analysed the potential effects of water on cognitive performance and mood among 34 participants with an average age of 29 years.
The study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, involved participants taking part in a ‘water’ and a ‘no water’ experiment one week apart.
According to an article in Medical News Today, lead study author, Dr. Caroline Edmonds of the University Of East London School Of Psychology, said, “Our study found that reaction times were faster after people drank water, particularly if they were thirsty before drinking.”
The participants who drank around three cups of water (775 millilitres) just before completing the tests had a 14% increased reaction time compared with those who did not drink any water.
Here, at AquAid, we’re pleased that we’re able to do our part, in a number of ways: we supply water coolers to thousands of customers in the Education Sector, to colleges, schools, learning centres and universities. We understand how vital it is to have a consistent supply of refreshing drinking water, as maintaining good hydration habits enables students, of all ages, to function better, pay attention more easily and provides better comprehension overall.
This is why we value our customers and their support, which for more than 21 years, has helped us to be able to donate in excess of £17 million to charity. Charities like The Africa Trust and Christian Aid.
Both charities focus on breaking the cycle of poverty, increasing wealth creation and at the core, implementing safe water delivery projects to communities in clean water scarce regions, throughout Africa. These projects result in convenient access to potable and productive water. Water for children to drink, water to grow food, all which contribute towards more opportunities for the children to attend school, to learn, read and gain an education.
There are many items used to keep warm externally during when the weather is cold – something we blogged about previously. From furry pets (the best bed warmers), fuzzy socks, heavy coats to hot water bottles, options abound.
Of course, with the advent of the microwave, external body heaters mean we can avoid possible water spillage or leaking as well as negate the possibility of burns filling up a hot water bottle from the kettle. We now have heating pads available containing wheat, buckwheat or flax seed, which may sound like an alcohol brewing starter pack, but it isn’t.
As we’ve covered external body warming, we now look at hot water for warming yourself internally.
This leads us to introduce the AquAid range of water boilers. Each of these high quality, well-designed machines maintain your hot drinking water at an even temperature of 98 °C, thereby ensuring a constant supply of filtered, piping hot drinking water for all your warming hot drinks, combining both practicality and self-service all within a variety of stylish units.
For an alternate hot drinking water solution, we also supply AquAid Instant Taps. These elegant, convenient and environmentally friendly taps are space saving, compact and discreet, providing instantly ready and limitless boiling filtered water at the touch of a button.
Ideal for any workspace, office, remote work location, establishment, medical facility, university, college or school, AquAid Hot Water Boilers and Instant Taps are the perfect hot drinking water solution, meeting your requirements, all while saving you time, energy and money.
Many moons ago, I blogged about alternate drinking water receptacles in the event that you weren’t able to drink water directly from your water cooler.
Essentially, the blog detailed unusual drinking water receptacles. In retrospect, I realise that the title may have been a little misleading or, even worse, suggestive that your AquAid Water Cooler might not be able to deliver your refreshing drinking water (wholly untrue, of course!)
Fortunately, in the virtual world, we are quickly and easily able to rectify such incidences without wasting ink, paper or erasers. As we do here:
Allow me to introduce to you the AquAid range of Non-Contact Water Coolers, dispensing refreshing drinking water, safely and hygienically.
Each of these well-designed, innovative machines offers a host of operational safety-conscious features:
Like the infrared sensor technology on the AquAid Dual Ecofill Non-Touch water dispenser thus eliminating user contact with buttons. This high quality, durable design water dispenser also includes a smooth radius front for safety, wheelchair access and a non-contact dispense point, thereby minimising the risk of cross-contamination.
Alternatively, the stylish AquAid AQ Max Non-Touch water dispenser is perfect for installation in any workspace that requires constant access to refreshingly chilled drinking water. This well designed, no-touch Bottle Fed water cooler offers a host of user-friendly features that include a LED display, 175mm dispense gap, foot-operated non-touch technology, deep drip tray and an adjustable thermostat for accurate temperature control.
For those requiring the constant delivery of piping hot drinking water, one need look no further than AquAid’s range of Hot Water Boilers. We also offer an Optional Hygiene Adaptor for easy fitment on any of this range, ensuring a safe, no-contact supply of hot water whatever the scope of your requirements.
If you would like more information about which AquAid Touch Free Water Dispensers are the best fit for your premises, whether at home, in the workplace or at school, telephone: 0800 772 3003, e-mail: email@example.com or leave your details using the contact form on the AquAid website. We will be happy to assist.