Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five Benefits of Bottled Water

Five benefits of bottled-water

Doctors have long espoused the medical necessity of making sure humans drink enough water every day. Drinking that water from a bottle offers far more advantages than whatever comes out of the tap. For instance, drinking a trusted brand of bottled water is likely to be more pure than tap water and offer a more refreshing experience.

Below are five more pragmatic benefits to bottled vs tap water.

Regulate your intake
As stated above, doctors recommend a daily intake of water every day, six, eight-ounce installments to be exact. Bottles come in all shape and sizes, but if you stick with one brand for the entire day, it’s easy to make sure you stay on track.

Mix-it-up!
Bottles give you the opportunity to liven up your regular eight-ounce fluid installment by drinking flavor-enhanced water. Whether you get something pre-flavored from your favorite label, or if you want to add your own water-enhancement, it’s a simple way to add more taste and make sure you stick with your regimen.

Ease of use
Bottles are ubiquitous! You can stock them in your fridge, or stop by any corner store to get one on the go. They fit in your bag, purse, satchel, brief case or even in your hand! No more hunting for the nearest public water fountain of dubious cleanliness. And when you’re done, you can toss the bottle in the nearest recycling bin.

Pure as Pure can be
Unlike what comes out of your tap, bottled water doesn’t contain repugnant odors like chlorine, sulfur, or whatever else might be lurking in your city’s municipal water supply. Bottled-water is also free of unexpected metallic tastes. As mentioned above, the only flavoring in bottled water is what you decide to put in there.

Disaster readiness

You never know when or where disaster will strike, or if you might need to flee your home. If something happens to disrupt public utilities, tap water might not even be an option. In America, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends having at least three days of bottled water stored for every member of the household in case disaster hits.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Meet the Canadian Bottling Company


Norland is happy to share another one of our customer’s success stories with you. Recently the Canadian Bottling Company garnered a favorable coverage from a Senegal news report. We would like to introduce Philippe Bélanger and his growing business, Canadian Bottling Company.

Philippe purchased his first bottling equipment from Norland in 2007. During the past few years, he has turned a simple semi-automatic 18.9 liter (5 gallon) bottle washer and filler into a fully operational bottling facility. The Canadian Bottling Company recently purchased one of Norland’s Spectrapak systems and now offers single serve bottles to go along with their already established delivery of the 18.9 liter bottles.  The results for Philippe and his company speak for themselves, as he is now becoming a force in the bottling industry.

Enjoy the article below. Hopefully soon we will be sharing your success story.

The hegemony of KIRÈNE in the mineral water market in Senegal could be hurt with the arrival of the Canadian Bottling Company brand in the small bottle market.

Bottles of CBC’s mineral water can already be found in hotels and restaurants around Dakar and along the Petite Cote region, as well as gas stations in Elton. But CBC’s real offensive on the mineral water market began on March 19 with the launch of a large advertising campaign. With prices similar of those applied by the leader Kirène, CBC is preparing to enter the home market with it’s AQUATERRA brand after being able to take a place in the   niche of the large bottle (10-19 liters).

“I have been interested in this market for more than 20 years,” said Philippe Bélanger, the executive director of CBC. “For the past two or three years, Kirene has been virtually alone on the local market, it is therefore normal that competitors emerge.”

For now, nothing to worried Kirene, that old 75% of the market.  As the population continues to grow, so will the demand for bottled water. The current market is estimated at 120 million liters per year, compared with eight million liters a year in the early 2000’s.

“The market growth in the last 15 years has made the price of mineral water more accessible and the share of imported water has become marginal,” said Alexandre Alcantara, executive director of Kirene.

CBC hopes their capacity of optimal production of 15 million, 1.5 liter bottles, per year will ensure the equivalent of 20 percent of the market and achieve a turnover of €6.8 million Euro (roughly $7.7 million U.S. dollars). And unlike Kirene, that showcases bottles of natural spring, CBC uses water supplied by the Sénégalaise des Eaux (SDE).

“Through reverse osmosis, a process of filtration, the precious liquid is stripped and then dressed, removing 97-99 percent of the particles present in the water,” Bélanger said. “It is then re-mineralized with calcium, magnesium, etc. It is pure water, pleasant to taste."

Despite a higher production cost associated with the purification process, Bélanger said he believes AQUATERRA has the means to be competitive. "The big companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle are selling purified water, because the transport of natural mineral water is expensive," he said.

Optimistic

AQUATERRA is not this 45-year-old Quebecer’s first attempt on the water market. In 1997, with three partners, he founded BA EAU BAB, which quickly imposed itself in the 19L water market in Senegal. Five years later he created UMT Technologies, specializing in the treatment of water for industrial or medical use, before diversifying into the sector of bottled water.

Two different business units with two different markets that lead Philippe Bélanger to create CBC in 2013 to assure exclusively the bottling business that was operated before by UMT

When asked if AQUATERRA could successfully take on Kirene, Bélanger was optimistic: “The consumer like to have a choice,” he said.

Editor’s note: This story was first published on the online news site: Jeune Afrique, written by Mehdi Ba. It has been translated from French. It is reprinted here with permission from CBC executive director Philippe Bélanger.

Link to the original story:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


The Health Benefits of Drinking Water

By Philip Collins, D.H.Sc., M.P.H.
(Originally printed in Mother Earth News. This is an excerpt of the full article.)
A number of years ago, the Swiss put together a fine mountain-climbing team, hopping it would be the first to scale Mount Everest. Many months went into the group's preparation because of the tremendous demands that would be made upon human energy in the effort to reach the top of the world. Unfortunately, despite all that careful planning, the Swiss team had to abandon the attempt because of sheer exhaustion, not realizing that a source of relief was covering the ground all around them.
A year or so later, when a group of British climbers undertook the same challenge, their team physician, Sir John Hunt, remembered that the Swiss had consumed only two cups of water per day during their assault on the mountain. Dr. Hunt recommended that the U.K. team carry additional snow-melting equipment, since he believed that the climbers would function better if they drank more water. He felt that when working in the thin, chill air, people lose a lot of water not only through perspiration, but also through respiration, because the air entering the lungs has to be humidified as it's brought nearer to body temperature. Therefore, the doctor insisted that each British participant drink a minimum of 12 cups of water daily. That team, headed by Sir Edmund Hillary, followed his advice and became the first expedition to plant its flag on the summit of the world's highest peak.

Little-Known Scientific Facts About Water
In order to further examine Dr. Hunt's theory about how water consumption affected endurance, a Harvard physiologist, G.C. Pitts, tested groups of male athletes by putting them on treadmills timed at 3-1/2 miles per hour.
The subjects in the first group were given no water at all and were asked to walk until they were so fatigued that they could go no farther. These athletes lasted about 3-1/2 hours. Their temperatures rose rapidly during the test period and, in the exhaustion phase, finally reached an average of above 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
The members of the second group were allowed to drink as much as they desired, and their temperatures didn't rise nearly as rapidly. However, after approximately six hours of exercise on the treadmill, as the men reached exhaustion, their body heat zoomed up.
Finally, Dr. Pitts chose a third group and carefully calibrated their water losses, replacing the exact amount of water lost (about one cup every 15 minutes) while the men were exercising. As a result, though they stayed on the treadmill seven hours, the test subjects did not experience a drastic rise in temperature nor did they reach exhaustion. In fact, when asked how they felt, they replied that they could go as long as the doctor wanted them to!
Several conclusions based on the benefits of water can be reached from these experiments. The first is that thirst isn't necessarily a good indicator of the body's need for water. You must, in general, drink more liquid than your thirst seems to call for. Second, there's a close relationship between water consumption and fatigue. Third, drinking water appears to have a significant effect upon the regulation of body temperature. And fourth, a more active person is in greater need of water because of the dehydrating effects of perspiration and rapid breathing.

How Much Water Is Enough?

Generally speaking, the average person loses at least two cups of water daily through the respiratory process. Another two cups are emitted through perspiration, even when no significant amount of physical work is carried on, and the intestines and kidneys together lose a total of about six cups during the day. So if you add it all together, you come up with a total loss of ten cups (and that's not counting any excess lost through perspiration during exercise).
The body cannot economize on water. Because temperature control has a very high priority in the body's operation, the human system will dehydrate itself in the struggle to keep cool. It's been reported that such fluid losses can actually reach two quarts a day in very hot climates, and people have been known to lose as much as 15 quarts in 24 hours. In fact, perspiration continues to provide cooling even when a person is dying of thirst in the desert!

As you do your day's work, put a cup of water in front of you. When it's emptied, fill it up again. You'll be astonished at how much you toss off without any difficulty. Make it a habit to stop and refresh yourself every time you pass a drinking fountain. Or try putting a pitcher containing your estimated daily requirement of water in the refrigerator, and periodically have a glass until it's used up.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Waters Brings Prosperity to Nigeria


Daren Waters loved his recent trip to Nigeria, because he loves visiting the people, the country and the culture. He also enjoys helping entrepreneurs realize there is a profitable business to be made in bottled water.

Daren has been helping grow Nigeria’s economy for the last 20 years, spreading the word about Norland International’s expertise in the bottled water manufacturing industry.

“When I go to Nigeria, it’s so people recognize our presence in the country,” Daren said. “We have staff located in Lagos, whose sole job is to help our African customers maintain their Norland equipment. With Norland, you minimize your downtime and maximize your profitability.”

During his most recent trip in February, Daren toured all over the country, visiting cities such as: Lagos, Ikeja, Lekki, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kaduna, meeting with 20 potential new customers and visiting old friends.

“During the visit I had multiple site visits with new factories, worked with contractors, electricians, members of the NAFDAC and even local banks to smooth out future business relationships between Nigerian entrepreneurs and Norland,” Daren said. “There is an increasing population in Nigeria and now is the time to invest in a growing market in the bottled/canned water business.”

One of the many new market opportunities Daren promoted was Norland’s new LinCan water canning system. Designed by American engineers at Norland headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, the LinCan line can fill up to 60 cans per minute with distilled, flavored or carbonated water, juices or sodas. Norland also offers all of the distillation and purification equipment necessary for any business to put the best tasting product in the can.

“There’s still a huge market opportunity,” Daren said, “as Nigeria imports more bottled water than it can currently produce.”


If you would like to arrange to meet Daren during his next visit to Nigeria, currently scheduled in November, or if you have any questions about purchasing Norland equipment, please email him at: dw@norlandusa.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dehydration linked to strokes

Dehydration linked to stroke damage


More than 795,000 Americans have a stroke every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People who aren't well-hydrated when they have a stroke are about four times more likely to have a worse outcome than people who've had more fluids, a new study suggests. 
Researchers found that stroke effects worsened or stayed the same in 42 percent of dehydrated patients after hospitalization for their stroke, compared to 17 percent of hydrated patients.
Stroke outcomes may be worse among dehydrated patients because their blood may be thicker than patients with adequate body fluid levels, according to study author Dr. Mona Bahouth, a cerebrovascular fellow in the department of neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
"I think we had a hunch ... that hydration would be a key feature for stroke patients," Bahouth said. "So it's not too surprising, but it's just the beginning. Now we need to figure out what to do with the [findings]."
The research is scheduled to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Stroke Association in Nashville. Studies presented at scientific conferences typically have not been peer-reviewed or published and results are considered preliminary.
More than 795,000 Americans have a stroke every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow to a portion of the brain. Strokes kill nearly 130,000 annually in the United States, according to the CDC.
Bahouth and her team collected data from nearly 170 people who had clot-related (known as ischemic) strokes at Johns Hopkins Hospital during a nine-month span. About 44 percent of patients were found to be dehydrated, based on results of two tests of hydration levels, according to the study.
The researchers used MRI scans to monitor brain damage from the stroke. They also tried to factor out possible effects from age and other variables. Even after adjusting the data, the investigators found that dehydration was still more likely to lead to worse outcomes.
Bahouth said that prior research found that about 60 percent of people are dehydrated when they have a stroke, but it's not clear why. While seniors tend to be more dehydrated than younger adults for a variety of reasons -- including a diminished sense of thirst -- patients in Bahouth's study averaged in their 60s, which is "still fairly young," she said.
Dr. Paul Bendheim, a clinical professor of neurology from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, said there are no hard-and-fast rules for staying well-hydrated, despite recommendations to drink eight glasses of water each day or similar advice.
"The critical thing is that people maintain frequent volumes of urinary output during the day, that they don't feel thirsty and they regularly consume sufficient liquids," added Bendheim, who wasn't involved in the new research. "We're all different in that regard."
Future research should examine how to best rehydrate patients after a stroke occurs and if doing so could improve longer-term outcomes, Bahouth said. Current practice advises caution in giving stroke patients fluids because some people may also have heart problems too, and if that's the case, then extra fluid could cause problems.
Bahouth cautioned that anyone who thinks they might be having a stroke shouldn't try to drink anything since brain damage might make it difficult for them to swallow correctly. That could cause them to inhale fluid into the lungs.
"A decision about fluids should be given at the hospital," she said. "The first thing to do is call 911 and come to the hospital."


Friday, January 30, 2015

Hold your water to a higher standard

The best drinking water doesn't come straight from the ground.

There are seven identified sources of water pollution, all of which make it necessary to treat life’s most precious commodity before we consume it.

In developing countries, up to 70% of industrial wastes are dumped straight into the waterways people use to cook, drink and bathe. Additionally, 99 million pounds of fertilizer and chemicals are used on farms around the world, and many of those chemicals make their way into the groundwater people use to drink.

Industrialized countries like America aren’t free of groundwater contaminants. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that up to 40% of our surveyed rivers, lakes and estuaries are not clean enough to meet basic uses such as fishing or swimming.

And even though many communities are required to provide clean drinking water to their residents, water treatment plants don’t remove everything. A joint research project between the United States Geological Survey and Virginia Tech discovered that petroleum spills cause drastically elevated levels of arsenic in groundwater.

Safety is at hand
Despite all the dangers that can be lurking in your glass, obtaining safe-clean drinking water can be easy.

Bottled water companies that utilize water treatment equipment like Norland’s Reverse Osmosis, distillation, vaporization and Ozone machines remove 99.9% of harmful contaminants.

RO, or Reverse Osmosis, systems are designed to produce low dissolved solids water from tap or well water. These systems use highly efficient RO Membranes and the resulting product is so clean it is used in everything from food processing to hospitals.

Vapor compression, water is heated the resulting steam is separated. The end result is high-quality, distilled water (less than 1 ppm TDS) at the lowest possible cost. Spectrum Vapor Compression Systems from Norland can produce up to 3,000 gallons a day and have 98% less waste water than other models.

For an easy read explaining the difference between vapor compression and multiple effect distiller, click here.

Last but not least, Ozone machines shoot a stream of ozone through water as it runs through a pipe, killing almost all biological organisms in the water.

Ozone is an unstable, colorless gas, a powerful oxidizer and a potent germicide. It has a much higher disinfection potential than other disinfectants such as chlorine.

Ozone consists of three parts of oxygen. Once ozone is generated, it takes a short time for it to break apart and return to its natural form of oxygen. As this phenomenon occurs, the free atom of oxygen will seek out any foreign particles in the water and be attracted to them. This action creates an environment where bacteria or organic matter virtually disintegrate when they come in contact with this free oxygen molecule. This in turn protects water from waterborne, bacterial contamination. Ozone is used in the bottled water industry because it controls the growth of bacteria in water. It is desirable because it can do this without leaving a residual taste, such as you would find with chlorine.


When you reach for a bottle of water that’s been purified by Norland’s equipment, you and your customers can rest easy knowing you are drinking the cleanest water possible.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

20 years of customer service & company growth


Richard (Dick) Schuessler is in a unique position to comment on Norland’s growth and development as a company. Hired in December 1994, Dick was the company’s second employee, brought on board by president Mike McFarland.

“I had been working as a salesman for another company, and found myself on the road more than I was at home,” Richard said. “So when Mike started the company and was looking to fill the position of Manager of Customer Service, I eagerly agreed to come on board a new and exciting venture.”

Over the next 20 years, Richard helped the company grow from its humble beginnings focusing on a core product to a world-class manufacturing powerhouse with three divisions and 65 (and growing!) employees.

Although Richard semi-retired earlier this month, he will still be around on a part-time basis to continue helping Norland succeed.

A proven record of customer service
Richard brought years of diversified experience with him when he joined the Norland family. He had an established background in sales and customer service, and electrical and industrial engineering in both the private sector and the military.

He has patents in the design of oscilloscopes, using ultrasound to detect cracks in human teeth, and at Norland helped design evaluations and testing of single effect, and high efficiency multiple-effect and vapor-compression water distillation systems.

“Distillation equipment was the initial machinery Norland produced and had great success in manufacturing and selling,” Richard said.

Initially, Richard’s main role at Norland was Managing Customer Service, the coordination and scheduling of customer start-up services and in-plant technical support services for Norland technicians who traveled around the world to help customers. He also provided after-the-purchase customer support for the full range of Norland equipment. Richard even traveled a time or two himself, recalling fondly his first international trip for Norland.

“I had the opportunity to help a customer in the setup, operation and training of equipment purchased from Norland.” Richard said. “Since that first trip, I have made many friends around the world by putting myself in the customer’s shoes and trying to help them find the solutions to their problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Richard’s background
Richard was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He went on to graduate school at UNL and obtained a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also met his wife, Phyllis, while attending graduate school.

Today, the couple have been married for 37 years and have two children, Erin and Jess, and one grandchild, Zion. Before joining Norland, Richard taught classes in Industrial Engineering at UNL. He also spent three years in the Army during the Vietnam era, where he was the project manager for the first use of fiber optics in communications.

During his semi-retirement, Richard plans on watching his grandson’s sporting events, listening to SW radio and playing fantasy sports with his son.

At Norland, Richard will still help out with customer service and scheduling customer start-up services.


“The environment here at Norland is very rewarding so I don’t plan to fully retire anytime in the near future, if health permits,” Richard said.