I've just been reading a very interesting article on The Grocer website. Did you know that canned water sales have tripled to more than £5M. It's true that aluminium is a recyclable alternative to single use plastic, but it still requires an industrial process to melt that aluminium and turn it back into a can (or something else) again. We also have to rely on people actually recycling it. But have you seen the price of canned water? My jaw almost hit the floor. I know that the cans look fancy and it might be the biggest 'thing' at the moment to be seen walking around with your cans of water, or having them neatly faced out in your office or board room fridge - but seriously, they are so expensive. Let's compare buying canned water to the price of installing your own drinking water filter, and filtering your own tap water then pouring it into your reusable water bottle. I've done just that in the table below. As an aside - that's another market that's exploded - reusable bottles. You just have to walk into shops these days and you can choose from a huge array of beautiful designs. You could refill the resealable cans of water which is great, but where do you refill them and what with? Your own household tap water perhaps? Or refill them from one of the many water refill stations across the UK. Did you know that the number of free water refill stations across the UK increased from 1,500 in January 2018 to more than 20,000 in June 2019. Have we learnt nothing? Has canned water become just another fashionable, expensive and short lived gimmick? Leading canned water brand Price £ per litre Pearl T drinking water filter (12 month cartridge life / 15,138 litres) £ per litre Every 12 months thereafter (replacement cartridge £14.99) 24 x 330ml still (ring pull) £18.49 £2.33 £94.99 0.0063 0.0010 24 x 330ml sparkling (ring pull) £18.96 £2.39 £94.99 0.0063 0.0010 12 x 500ml still (re-sealable) £14.40 £2.40 £94.99 0.0063 0.0010 12 x 500ml sparkling (re-sealable) £14.40 £2.40 £94.99 0.0063 0.0010 24 x 330ml still (re-sealable) £19.99 £2.52 £94.99 0.0063 0.0010 24 x 330ml sparkling (re-sealable) £21.36 £2.70 £94.99 0.0063 0.0010
Mars is the closest it's been to the earth for some time so it's highly visible in the night sky. People are talking with great excitement about the possibility of visiting Mars and terraforming it. But that's going to be really difficult and realistically how many people can travel to Mars? It's only in the hundreds or thousands. However, the world's population is busy turning the earth into the same sort of environment as Mars has now. So, where are the remaining 7 billion people going to live? We need to act now so our current world doesn't turn into Mars. David Attenborough pointed out in his recently released documentary 'A Life on our Planet' that's it's our responsibility to look after our planet, before we destroy it. My husband and I were in Costco the other day and we saw people loading their trolleys up with bottled water. Have we learnt nothing? Those single use plastic bottles require fossil fuels to make them - so it's not just the end product that's bad - it's the manufacturing process that goes before it. Single use plastic isn't cheap; it costs the earth.
In early July we received a message via our Help Desk system. "I'm hoping you can help. I'm about to embark on a move to a remote house totally off grid. I'm still in the early stages but a basic test from the single water tap entering the 400 year old farmhouse is showing some bacteria levels. We are being fed from a well that has not been operating for some 40 years. The bottom line is that I have 3 young kids and the thought of contaminated water isn't an option. I'm on a hugely tight budget of, well frankly bugger all." "So can you provide some filtration suggestions at all? I know its cheeky asking but any form of donations, discounts and help is basically going to be key to our success in this. I'm very happy to give massive promo on our social media channels as these start to gain momentum. Cheers for the time." We don't receive many requests like this, so we were intrigued and wanted to chat further to understand how this family were seeking to change their lives by moving to an off grid lifestyle. It's definitely not a small job and requires 100% commitment and high levels of motivation. Not for the faint hearted. After a few messages back and forth and an assurance that they wouldn't approach multiple water filtration companies we quickly established what they needed to ensure safe drinking water in the short term prior to installing a larger more complex system as their re-development took shape. We gifted them a system to suit their current needs and were delighted to do so. It was our privilege to help them and we're now following their journey with interest and excitement. I've also joined a Facebook group about Off-Grid living. You never know, one day my husband and I may be tempted to do just the same! If you're interested in following their journey then look them up on Facebook Update on their journey with pictures to follow.
Every six months we send our customers an email prompting them to look at whether or not they need to replace their water filter cartridge. On the 1st May 2020 one of our customers replied to that email saying "I now have an reverse osmosis system with another company but wish I had come to you. You were very kind so forgive my mistake. A friend’s husband was supplying them. The unit is great but I am uneasy with him when he services etc. Please stay safe and well and I will be in touch if I need you again but for now, please stop the emails and stay safe and well. With love and thanks" We could jump up and down, get red in the face and annoyed when this happens. But we never do. We just said "That is no problem at all. We were delighted to help you out. I'll unsubscribe you from our cartridge reminder list. Take care and thank you so much for your custom." What did confuse us about this one though was that she had ordered from us five times over the course of three years and didn't need a reverse osmosis system. Her average spend with us was £46.97. I can guarantee that she would have been convinced to install a system that she didn't' need and therefore spend way more than she ever needed to. This makes us sad. Simon spends a lot of time talking people out of spending unnecessary amounts of money. We work with our customers to find out exactly how they want to improve their water and tailor products to their needs. We don't rub our hands together and think 'how much can we squeeze out of this person'. That's the wrong way to excel at customer service. It gets better though... On the 16th August 2020 I received an email from this customer saying; "Hi there Louise. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. I write with a radical question! I have an RO filter and when, recently, the man came to service it he was very rude and intimidating. You sell RO units and I wonder, does your company service them? I am pretty sure you couldn’t service one fitted by someone else but if I don’t ask I will never find out! Kind regards. You are doubtless busy getting by in this most difficult moment in time but, if you feel and are able to help this disloyal customer with a reply and perhaps a comment I will be most grateful." We've asked some questions to ascertain whether we can help her. We won't chase her - we'll just be here at the end of the phone or email when she needs us. And it's really spooky as when I was writing this blog another email has just come in from her. So please don't let yourself be talked into something. Do your research and trust your gut feeling.
Sanitisation Steps: Tum off the cold water supply line to the RO system. If your system is connected to your refrigerator or icemaker, turn off the line going to the icemaker. Open the RO water system tap/faucet and drain all water from the system and storage tank. Once the system is empty be sure to place RO tap/faucet handle in the closed position. Open the pre-filter housing, which is typically the filter closest to the feed water line. Remove the pre-filter and discard if replacing with a new filter after sanitisation process. Leave the filter housing off. Remove all remaining filters and the reverse osmosis element (membrane). If you have an inline post filter on your system, leave the old filter in place. Discard old filters if installing new filters. Reconnect all empty housings to the system, except the pre-filter housing. There should be no filters in any housings at this point. Add two or three tablespoons of bleach to the pre-filter housing (5.5% unscented bleach). Re-connect the pre-filter housing back onto the system. Tum on the cold water supply line for the system to fill with the sanitising solution. Check for any leaks. Allow system to fill with water. Time will vary depending on water pressure. However, the system should be full within 5-10 minutes without the filters or membrane installed. Turn on the RO tap/faucet until water begins to flow out, then turn off the faucet. Let the system sit for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, flush system by turning on the RO tap/faucet and let water run through the system for 5 minutes,or until bleach odour is gone. Turn off the cold water supply line. Turn on the RO faucet. Drain the system completely. Repeat this step twice After draining the system completely the second time, replace or re-install all filters and membrane. Turn on the cold water supply line and check for leaks. Allow the system several hours for the RO membrane to refill the storage tank.
I think people underestimate how important the start of their day is. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do for a living, the start of your day sets the tone for the type of day you’re going to have. Drinking a mug of warm water and lemon will have lasting benefits that you can see on your skin and feel in your body each day and beyond. Or is it just an old wives tale? What does your morning ritual look like? Here’s how my Monday to Sunday mornings tend to go… 5.15 am – my alarm echoes around the room. My mobile phone is always across the other side of the bedroom so I have to get up to switch it off. Once I'm up I'm up. This is a trick I learnt from Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning. If you haven't already read his book I highly recommend it. I get up, sling my dressing gown on or get dressed (one of the two) and then head bleary eyed to the bathroom where I brush my teeth and my hair (not with the same object thankfully). Sometimes I run hot water over a face cloth and hold it on my face if I’m feeling particularly tired. That feels so refreshing. Even though I keep telling myself not too I have a quick scroll through Instagram, Facebook and any emails that have come in during the night. Five or so minutes later I head downstairs to the kitchen and put the coffee maker on so that I can enjoy a cup of fresh coffee (with oat milk) along with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Fresh coffee makes the house smell divine. My next stop is the living room. The blinds get opened and I settle into my comfy space so that I can meditate using the insight timer app (it’s brilliant by the way). After meditation I visualise, write in my journal about the previous day, plan what exercise I’m going to do, read out my mission and affirmations and read my book. At about 7am, I head back into the kitchen and make coffee for my husband Simon. It’s a routine we have and it works. I love the quiet mornings where I can sit and focus on my day ahead. Its quality ‘me time’ and I don’t like to be disturbed. Simon on the other hand loves a lie in and doesn’t really appear until about 8am, unless we have to be somewhere really early. One thing I've kept seeing on social media is the benefits of drinking lemon water. It seems to be all the rage. Warm water and lemon is something I haven’t incorporated into my morning routine yet. I know that drinking water first thing is good for you because it helps hydrate your body. Remember your body hasn't had any water for up to 8 hours or however long you tend to sleep. I normally just have a few swigs of water before, during and after my coffee. Am I missing a trick? Should I be swapping my much loved coffee and orange juice for warm water and lemon juice? There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there and less scientific evidence but drinking water and lemon juice isn’t going to do much harm to your body in the grand scheme of things. So, I’ve been hearing that drinking warm water with the juice of ½ a lemon in every morning is good for you. Don’t like lemons – use lime juice. Don’t like limes – oh heck! But why is lemon water so good for you? I’ve done a bit of research and come up with the following. And remember that you can further improve your household water by installing one of our drinking water filters or mains water filters. You can remove chemicals such as chlorine and reap even more benefits out of your warm water and lemon. Helps with weight lossThere’s anecdotal evidence that drinking lemon water supports weight loss because lemons are high in pectin and therefore fight hunger pangs. Now this could of course be because water fills you up and you’re therefore less hungry. People who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. When you start the day off right it’s easier to make better choices for the rest of the day. If you started off every morning with a greasy fry up you’d probably get to lunch time and say ‘well that’s my diet out the window I may have well have that McDonalds’s and I’ll start eating better tomorrow’. Boosts your immune systemThere are tons of fancy teas with fancy price tags available to buy but drinking warm water with the juice of ½ lemon is packed full of vitamin c (great for fighting off coughs and colds) and potassium (stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure). You can’t store vitamin C in the body so you need it in your diet every single day. Adults aged 19-64 need 40mg of vitamin C a day and the juice of one lemon provides about 18.6mg. Balances pHCitric acid does not create acidity in the body once it’s metabolised. So, lemons are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline. Moving towards a more alkaline state in your body is the key to good health and those who stick to a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. Clears your skinDrinking warm water with the juice of a lemon helps purge toxins from the blood and your skin will thank you for it. Vitamin C is a primary antioxidant that helps prevent cells from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C is also good for reducing wrinkles and blemishes. Aids digestion & flushes you outWarm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis (the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving). Lemons and limes are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama*, or toxins in the digestive tract. Lemon juice helps flush unwanted materials out of your body because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. So, the more you pee the quicker you release any built up toxins and the healthier your urinary tract. So, it’s beneficial to drink warm water and lemon in the morning as it may help prevent constipation and get your digestive system moving. Hydrates the lymph systemWarm water and lemon juice in the morning helps kick start your hydration the right way. It’s not good to become dehydrated. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of its proper functions, which leads to toxic build up, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals are small structures attached to the top of each kidney. The human body has two adrenal glands that release chemicals called hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones affect many parts of the human body. The adrenal cortex produces 3 hormones; Mineralocorticoids, Glucocorticoids and Adrenal androgens. The most important Mineralocorticoid is aldosterone. This hormone helps to maintain the body’s salt and water levels which, in turn, regulates blood pressure. Without aldosterone, the kidney loses excessive amounts of salt (sodium) and, consequently, water, leading to severe dehydration and low blood pressure. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with your body by becoming dehydrated. Freshens breath Drinking warm water and lemon juice in the morning and after meals could help reduce bad breath. Lemon stimulates saliva and the water helps prevent a dry mouth that can lead to a build-up of bacteria and eventual bad breath. Helps prevent kidney stonesDrinking plenty of water will help prevent kidney stones and the citric acid in lemons also helps. Citrate makes urine less acidic and may even break up small stones. Drinking lemon water not only gets you citrate, but also the water you need to help prevent or flush out stones. For an even more refreshing drink – filter your water first with one of our drinking water filter systems. As you can see drinking lemon water has lots of potential health benefits. Drink more lemon water and stay hydrated. Lemon water is a win-win. The recipe is simple - 1 cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from ½ a lemon. Water is the best beverage for hydration. That’s a fact. Some people say that water is so boring, so with a bit of lemon juice it might encourage people to swap the fizzies for the healthy option. I do worry about the amount of soft drinks that are consumed by people. I can’t remember the last time I bought cordial. Now there is a lot of scepticism out there about lemon water having any positive effects on the body. The way I see it it’s better than drinking a bottle of coca cola hey! *Ama is a term denoting a product that is an undigested form derived from food that gets absorbed into the system without proper assimilation. Such partly digested material cannot be used by the system, and acts to clog it, eliciting an immune reaction.
UK's bottled water market According to Statista 2.8 billion litres of bottled water* were consumed in the UK in 2019. This was a slight decline compared to 2018. As of 2019 - approximately 7.3 million British consumers chose to purchase Danone's Evian brand making it the most popular bottled water brand on the UK market. Highland Spring was the 2nd most popular brand followed by Buxton Spring coming in 3rd. The entire market worth for bottled water was over £1.6 billion in 2019. Between 2013 and 2019 the bottled water market has grown by £569 billion. Approximately 85% of bottles use for bottled water were made from plastic in 2019. Smart Water What is Smart Water? Glaceau Smart Water, the premium branded and high priced bottled water from Coca-Cola made its way onto the UK market around 2014. According to their website… GLACÉAU Smartwater is made from British spring water which is vapour-distilled before electrolytes are added. It has a distinctive, crisp, clean taste and is produced and bottled in Morpeth, Northumberland. To make GLACÉAU Smartwater, Coca-Cola European Partners evaporate spring water, condense the vapour and then add just the right amount of electrolytes before bottling. Smart Water’s ingredients Spring Water, Electrolytes: Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Bicarbonate. Smart Water’s advertises with descriptive and positive words like clear thinking, fitness, mindfulness, adventure, sport style, well-being. Manufacturing Smart Water To get Smart Water, the spring water goes through an industrial process called distillation which uses a lot of electricity. Approximately 78 calories of energy is used to vaporise 1 litre of water. They boil the spring water until it turns into vapour and then condense it back into liquid before adding in the calcium, magnesium and potassium. Any impurities present are removed. This includes all of the good nutrients naturally present in water such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. So, the manufacturers of Smart Water effectively remove the good stuff and then put it back in. Health benefits of Smart Water It is not proven that distilled water is healthier than filtering your own tap water. WHO investigated the health effects of demineralised water in 1982, and its experiments in humans found that demineralised water increased diuresis and the elimination of electrolytes – with decreased serum potassium concentration. Magnesium, calcium and other nutrients in water can help to protect against nutritional deficiency. Purified water lacks minerals and ions such as calcium that play key roles in biological functions such as in nervous system homeostasis and are normally found in potable water. Here’s what we like and dislike about smart water for the UK market. Like • Coca-Cola invested £3.5bn in the production facility at Morpeth, Northumberland, which is brilliant for employment in that county.• Smart Water encourages people to drink water instead of still or carbonated soft drinks that are packed full of refined sugar, or the diet drinks brimming with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. • Smart Water is packaged in plastic bottles that are 100% recyclable using Coca-Cola’s plant bottled technology. According to the Smart Water website – ‘Plant Bottle is the first ever fully recyclable plastic bottle made partially from plants, rather than fossil fuels.’ The plastic bottles are produced using sugar can residue instead of petroleum, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions. *see downsides• The distillation process removes chlorine, fluoride, limescale and other contaminants. *see downsides Dislike • Despite the innovative Plant Bottle technology, the plastic bottles are still single use plastic. The very thing we’re discouraged to use due to the devastating environmental impact. • It is ecologically unsound to drink Smart Water. The spring water has to go through an industrial process that requires a significant amount of electricity to be consumed. • All of the good minerals in the water are removed during the distillation process. They then add calcium, magnesium and potassium back in ‘just the right amounts’. What is the point? What are the right amounts?• It is expensive. You’re paying a premium price for water and Coca-Cola are making a whacking great profit out of you. What’s the alternative to Smart Water? The sale of drinking water filters and mains water filters is set to increase further as more and more people look at ways to reduce household costs and have a more positive impact on their environment. This is also true of the increased use of reusable drinking water bottles. Over a 1/3rd of people use water filter products and reusable water bottles are used by nearly 2/3rds of people. Install a drinking water filter that will save you money in the long term. You can filter your own tap water to suit your personal requirements based on the water in your local area. You can find out what’s in your water free of charge from your water company. If it’s not published on your water company’s website you can ask them to provide it. Once you’ve installed a drinking water filter you can fill up your reusable water bottle with your own filtered water as often as you like. Save money and save the planet. We offer advice on a wide range of water filters. We listen to what your needs are and we meet those needs with our products. Contact us today to discover how we can help you. * Bottled water is defined as packaged water still, packaged water sparkling and Bulk/Home or Office delivery water. ** Covid-19 has severely disrupted the bottled water market in the UK, particularly impacting the high-value impulse sales throughout the key spring and summer months of 2020. The loss of retail sales will hit sales further. Mintel, the global market research and market insights agency, expects the total market value to fall by 28% to £1.48 billion in 2020. You may also like our blog post on 10 refreshing infused water recipes that include cucumber mint, citrus blueberry, pineapple mint and strawberry lemon. Tags smartwaterdistilled water bottletesco electrolytesis smart water good for yousmart bottlescoca cola bottled watersmart water security sprayglaceauelectrolyte water ukbest brands of waterbest water brandwhere to buy smart wateringredients in dasani waterfree smartwater policesmart water ingredients
Watch our short video below to discover what Simon and I do and why we love what we do. You're probably visiting us because you've got an issue with your water, or your 3 way tap is leaking...and you need spare parts. Or you fancy treating yourself to a new drinking water or mains water filter. Perhaps something is troubling you about the taste, the smell, or the colour of the water coming out of the taps in your home or office. Or maybe you've got a query about a drinking water filter or mains water filter that's already installed in your house and you want some information and don't know where to start looking. The internet is a minefield of information and can be somewhat confusing. Whatever your reason for visiting Fountain Filters today... HELLO! We have your interests at heart and will do everything in our power to help you with the query that you have. That's why we get such good customer feedback; you really are at the centre of everything we do at Fountain Filters. CUSTOMER REVIEWS We're always working on our website and are always listing new products; normally because one of our lovely customers has a very unusual problem and so we create a product especially for them that will solve their particular issue. Give us a call on 01352 838 281 or request a call back. See you soon. Simon & Lou
War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita You may or may not have seen this BBC video above which is about what happens to our plastic waste when we recycle it. It's an eye opener, but it's our responsibility to do the right thing and we strongly believe that installing a drinking water filter in your home will be one of the most beneficial things you can do in the war against plastic. Installing a water filter is becoming increasingly more important. It signifies a positive personal contribution to reducing plastic waste. It minimizes plastic waste because you're not buying plastic bottles of water. The water filter cartridges can be broken down and put into the soil in your garden. We use metal brackets and fittings. The plastic housing and parts will last years so you don't have to keep on replacing them. Please get in touch and we can help you fight the war against plastic.
Increase your hot water pressure up to 2.0 bar with our hot water booster pump. https://www.fountain-filters.co.uk/Hot-Water-Booster-Pump/0-CAAA010/PRAA125.htm You can install our positive head hot water booster pump under your kitchen sink and it connects directly, via two 22mm push-fit flexible hoses, to your hot water supply. When the lever on the tap is opened the hot water booster pump automatically energises and increases your hot water pressure, giving improved water flow and allowing customers with a gravity/low pressure system to use a high pressure tap. This hot water booster pump is quiet and compact, and has been specifically designed to increase water pressure to a household's hot water supply. The quiet AC induction motor is smooth and reliable, and the regenerative design of impeller is ideal for overcoming air pockets that can be generated in a shower system. This type of hot water booster pump is ideal where the plumbing route includes multiple bends and elbows. Our hot water booster pump has been manufactured in Denmark and will boost your hot water up to 2.0 bar. The outlet pipe has a built-in flow switch which activates the pump when it detects water flow, and deactivates the pump when the flow stops. The flow switch requires a minimum of 0.5 litres flow per minute to operate. Two 22mm push-fit flexible hoses are included. It has a compact design, low running noise and includes anti-vibration feet. The pump can either be wired directly into a fused spur or you can plug in the 1.4m lead like a dishwasher. ** Hot water should be NO hotter than 65°C when using this pump. If your water is hotter than 65°C and the pump fails, we would not be able to offer a refund. ** ***Must not be connected directly to mains water supply.*** Features Product code - 98950218 Continuously rated pump Regenerative impeller design IPX2 water ingress protection Auto-resetting thermal cut out Anti-vibration feet Mains connection lead - 1.5m long Braided connection hoses with 22mm push-fit connections WRAS compliant Technical Data Supply voltage 230 V, 50 Hz Power consumption 280 W Rated current 1.2 A Rating Continuous operation (recommended minimum flow rate: 5 l/min Enclosure class IPX2 (when mounted on a horizontal surface) Motor AC induction Inlet head (min - max) 1 to 10 m Max developed pump head 20 m Max operating pressure 3 bar Minimum starting flow 0.5 l/min Length 185mm Width 150mm Height 165mm Weight 3.8kg Noise level 55 to 65 dB (A) @ 1m Warranty 1 year Is the Hot Water Booster Pump compatible with 15mm pipes? Yes it is. Just use 22mm to 15mm reducers. These are available at most good DIY stores.
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