Friday, July 15, 2016

Drinking Water as a Healthy Option

There have been several health benefits attributed to regularly drinking water: helping with weight loss, increasing energy levels and maintaining

Health benefits of drinking water include:

1)      Water helps maximize physical performance: be sure to drink plenty of water while exercising when exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods of time. Dehydration can have a noticeable impact on your body when you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water weight. Athletes commonly lose up to 10% of their body’s water weight through sweat while working out. Common side effects of dehydration include:  dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness, dizziness or light headedness, and can result in reduced motivation and increased fatigue. So staying hydrated can help prolong your workout, increasing its effectiveness.

2)      Hydration affects energy levels and brain function.  Studies have shown that mild dehydration (1-3% loss of body weight, can impact your mood, concentration, increase anxiety and frequency of headaches.

3)      Drinking water may help alleviate various health issues, including kidney stones and constipation.

4)      Drinking water can help with weight loss studies have shown drinking water can increase your body feeling full, and boost your metabolic rate. Drinking 17 ounces of water was shown to increase metabolic activity by 25% for up to 1.5 hours. Additionally, drinking water before meals can make you feel fuller, thus reducing the amount you eat.

So the next time you are reaching for a refreshing beverage, bottled water is usually your healthiest option.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bottled-Water: Proven Safe Drinking Water

The tragedy with the drinking water in Flint, Michigan in the United States serves to highlight the importance of the bottled-water industry.

America is perhaps one of the most regulated countries in the water, with a variety of public inspectors and agencies responsible for overseeing the safety of everything including food and water safety.

Norland RO System
So how is it that even in America, public drinking water can become so poisoned with lead, it is having a negative impact on the health of an entire city; so much so that the FBI has been reported to begun to investigate the issue?

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 containments.

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.
Norland Ozone System

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.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Report: Water Vulnerability has Health and Economic Consequences

Original story Published here.


Many nations and regions already facing uncertain political futures must contend with a growing threat to stabilization: freshwater vulnerability.
The finding comes from a new study co-authored by researchers in Stanford's Global Freshwater Initiative that weighed a variety of contributing factors, such as regulatory enforcement, corruption, transboundary competition and water transported "virtually" in agricultural products, as well as traditional constraints like scarcity and infrastructure. Among its striking findings:
  • Institutional issues are the most common factors generating water supply vulnerability, affecting nearly 40 percent of the 119 low-income nations studied. The most prevalent issue was corruption, which can paralyze water development projects and regulation.
  • Patterns of vulnerability are often similar in countries that would otherwise seem to have little in common.
  • A lack of precipitation does not necessarily equate with water supply vulnerability.
By the study's measures, the world's most water-vulnerable countries are Jordan, Yemen and Djibouti. The three countries have much in common, including low rainfall, limited surface water storage, excessive groundwater mining, high dependence on waters shared by neighboring countries and the importation of most food calories.
In light of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, the report provides a roadmap for how influential countries such as the United States could help the region's vulnerable nations steer clear of destabilizing water crises, said co-author Steven Gorelick, the Cyrus Fisher Tolman Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
"Jordan is a peaceful and generous country that has absorbed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees," Gorelick said. "The U.S. has an opportunity to help Jordan deal with the consequent stress of inadequate water supply, which will improve its political stability, so it's really in our best interest to do so."
Countries in the Middle East and North Africa are over-pumping groundwater. In Jordan, where people depend on groundwater for 80 percent of their freshwater, levels are dropping 3 feet each year and will likely be depleted by 30 to 40 percent within the next 15 years. Refugee migrations from conflict-torn lands and global warming-related extreme weather will likely worsen the situation. A related Global Freshwater Initiative study finds that 45 percent of major cities solely dependent on surface water will be unable to simultaneously meet human, environmental and agricultural water demands by 2040.
The Global Freshwater Initiative is coordinating the Jordan Water Project, an international, interdisciplinary research effort aimed at developing new approaches for analyzing strategies to enhance the sustainability of freshwater resources in Jordan and, ultimately, arid regions throughout the world. The project, headed by Gorelick, is focused on developing a comprehensive national hydro-economic model to evaluate new supply options and demand strategies.
Water vulnerability is a crucial issue as countries attempt to slake the thirst of growing populations. In the past 50 years, the amount of water withdrawn for human use has tripled. Access to water is a national security matter, crucial to agriculture, industry and ecosystems.
"We have often incorrectly assumed that the lessons of water challenges in one country are not transferable to others," said study co-author Barton "Buzz" Thompson, the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law and the Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute.
To the contrary, the study suggests a range of commonalities that decision-makers and aid agencies would do well to consider. For example, Vietnam, Guatemala and Sri Lanka were found to share vulnerability factors such as high population densities, high numbers of species needing protection, low governmental transparency and a lack of water regulation enforcement mechanisms. Many countries of North Africa and South Asia share struggles with water quality threatened by poor sanitation, low volumes of renewable freshwater and high dependency on neighboring countries for freshwater.
Other co-authors of "Assessment of Human-Natural System Characteristics Influencing Global Freshwater Supply Vulnerability," published in Environmental Research Letters, are lead author Julie Padowski of Washington State University, Scott Rozelle of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Scott Fendorf of Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Stanford Woods Institute.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

UN Report highlights need for safe drinking water
Below are excerpts from a UN report report originally published on the Science Daily site. It highlights the need for improvements in access to clean, safe drinking water around the world; water that can come from bottled water companies that use Norland equipment. 
The new intergovernmental platform, supported by strong, independent panels of world scientists, counselors and monitors, is part of a sweeping set of recommendations and conclusions released today by UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation at the end of its 11-year mandate.
Created by then-SG Kofi Annan in 2004 to advance water-related Millennium Development Goal targets, the elite 21-member UNSGAB -- which includes OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria -- warns that today's institutional infrastructure requires a major upgrade for the world to possibly meet water and sanitation-related objectives in the 2030 Agenda -- the new "Sustainable Development Goals" adopted by UN Member States this year for achievement by 2030.
"There is currently a mismatch between the integrated and ambitious 2030 vision of freshwater and sanitation management and the international political structures available to contribute to its implementation," says the report, presented by UNSGAB Chair Uschi Eid to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters, New York.
The proposed body would be the world's preeminent sphere for reaching consensus on common water and sanitation concerns, and to assess progress. It would closely involve the private sector and other major stakeholders, supported by both a secretariat (UN-Water) and a panel of independent experts mandated to amass authoritative information on water and sanitation issues and stimulate research to fill knowledge gaps. It would inform international decision-making "in a balanced, fact-based, transparent and comprehensive way."
Objective monitoring of progress towards world water targets for 2030 would complement the effort, as would a new independent Board to the Secretary-General to succeed UNSGAB.
Also called for: A Heads of State Panel on Water to champion and lead global advocacy around critical issues.
Blunt valedictory report: Designate sanitation a medical issue
The Board's valedictory report underlines that water, sanitation and hygiene are central to human health and contains blunt messaging with the constructive intent of enhancing the UN's handling of water issues, which have been accorded newly elevated status within the world body.
"Considering that a lot of UN organizations are dealing with water but only as a marginal issue, nothing less than a full-scale water-cultural revolution within the UN is needed," the report says.
"Relevant UN organizations need to allocate (more) core funding to water and need to review their policies. It is, for example, high time that WHO endorsed water, sanitation and hygiene as primary prevention."
Noting "persistent and serious data inconsistencies in water-related UN communications," the Board says a 2012 claim that the global goal for safe drinking water goal had been met was underpinned by the wrong assumption that all "improved" water sources provide safe, uncontaminated water.
UNSGAB points out "there is a difference between a drinking water source that is only 'improved' and drinking water that is truly safe."
"In many quarters, the correction has been made: safe means safe, that is, uncontaminated. However, in too many others, including official UN statements, the fallacy persists and the global need for safe drinking water is thus seriously underestimated."
The UNSGAB report also calls for global-level UN data to better illuminate back-sliding in access to water and sanitation services in cities: "the global regression seen today in urban areas is not currently being explicitly reported."
Says UNSGAB Chair Uschi Eid: "Certainly, a lot has been accomplished, but the bucket of water challenges to be solved remains quite full."
"With the benefit of 11 years of perspective, our Board's distinguished members offer recommendations for global action and institutional reform, together with advice on how future independent advisory boards may organize for maximum impact."
Clustering comments around seven themes, the report details the efforts and accomplishments of the Board and other international actors, along with insights and recommendations on future strategies and actions.
Selected highlights:
1: Build attention to water: create the will to act now and in the future
Water continues to be undervalued and badly managed. The symptoms of lack of attention can be seen everywhere.
Most countries do not adequately monitor either the quantity or the quality of water resources and wastewater in particular, and the monitoring of sanitation and drinking water also remains a challenge.
Too many countries respond to water-related disaster emergencies but do not integrate water risks in development planning.
Water is distressingly under financed compared to other types of infrastructure.
Lack of adequate access to drinking water and sanitation plagues billions of people, especially the poorest.
2: Drinking Water: More. Managed. Monitored. Made safe
Safe should mean safe. To end confusion, the UN, governments and other relevant actors should only use the term 'safe drinking water' when they mean uncontaminated drinking water.
To achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, efforts to expand drinking water services must urgently be stepped up. For this, governments must fast-track institutional reforms, boost funding, eliminate corruption and strengthen capacities in their water services sectors.
Organize and reinforce national and global monitoring of drinking water quality.
WHO, UNICEF and UN-Habitat should make efforts to ensure that the global regression in access to drinking water (and sanitation) in urban areas is better reported.
4: Push for increased and improved financial flows
Increased priority to the water and sanitation services sector as well as water resources management in national budgets.
At country level, secure additional financial resources of all kinds, including user fees and public budgets ... find the blend of tariffs, taxes, and transfers that ensures the financial viability of all utilities to provide improved services.
Encourage better knowledge of country-wide expenditures on water.
Facilitate achievement of all water-related SDG targets by thoroughly estimating related economic costs and benefits.
In the water sector, make more efforts to apply for and use funds available for climate change adaptation (and mitigation) measures.
5: Catalyze better water resources management -- Integrated water resources management and the Nexus Approach (which recognizes the interrelationships between water, energy and food systems) within and between countries, across sectors
More emphasis must be given to the reality that water scarcity, water pollution and deterioration of water-related ecosystems pose a threat to global sustainable development.
Follow the imperative for integrated management in agriculture, industry, cities, watersheds, and public health and disaster risks.
Implement the Nexus (the intersection of water, energy and food issues) Approach at scale to enhance cross-sectoral policy making at the global level. Begin by strengthening the scientific basis through more dedicated research. Share lessons learned from successful Nexus interventions in the growing number of regions that are experimenting with this approach. Promote the Nexus Approach both top-down, by anchoring it in policy and ensuring top-level commitment, and bottom-up, through concrete projects.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Norland Advantage

The Norland Advantage
Before doing business with a company, there are several factors to take into consideration: 1) The company’s reputation, 2) The quality of their product, 3) The after-sales service they provide, and perhaps most importantly, 4) Would they use their own equipment?

Norland International has been a world leader in the manufacture of water distillation, purification and bottling equipment for more than 23 years. Norland has clients all over the world, from North America, to Africa, to Japan. Not only are the customers happy with their initial purchase, they choose to do business with Norland again as their business grows.

“Norland is great,” said Y. Takahasi of Tokyo, Japan. “We needed special modifications to meet Japanese requirements and they always take care of our needs. We can highly recommend them without hesitation.”

All of Norland’s equipment is built in our Lincoln, Nebraska facility by skilled American workers. Everything from the welding to the wiring is built and assembled with the quality and skill synonymous with U.S. manufacturing. Whether you’re opening a top-of-the-line 5,000 bph SpectraPak operation, or a starter-line which fills 25 bottles per minute, Norland workers bring the same level of dedication to the job.

“I went with Norland because they understood the water business and they knew that start-up businesses like mine in small towns didn’t need the large equipment that other companies had to offer,” said Warren Lindley of Oklahoma.

After-service sales
With Norland, the relationship continues on past the point of sale. Whether there are questions about machine maintenance, trouble-shooting or future upgrades, Norland always has a real person ready to help.

"One of the things that differentiates us from any of our competitors is the amount of knowledge we have amassed in the 20 plus years we’ve been in the bottled water business,” said Norland president Mike McFarland. “We share this knowledge; we share this experience with our customers.”

Using the equipment
The ultimate test of a company is are they willing to use their own product? Three years ago, Norland saw an opening in the local home and office bottled water market and started production. What started with one staff member has quickly grown to five and several hundred home and office customers around the Lincoln, Nebraska area.

“There are several reasons for our explosive growth,” said Norland Pure director of operations Troy Krause. “First, the quality of our product is exceptional. Norland’s equipment puts the water through a five-step purification process that removes 99.9 percent of everything. Second, our customer service is top-notch. Third, we’re a local company that people are proud to support.”

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

American’s thirst for bottled water on the rise
As health-consciousness Americans are turning away from soda, bottled water has become the increasingly popular beverage of choice.

According to The Washington Post, the average person in the U.S. drinks 35 gallons of bottled water per year, or about 270 16.9 fluid ounce bottles.

“(That’s) more than twice as many as people drank 15 years ago,” the news article stated. “And that number is only going to go up: By 2017, the average American is expected to drink almost 300 bottles annually.”

If that prediction proves true, in the next two years, bottled water consumption should top soda and become the most consumed packaged drink in America.

"It's not a question of whether, but when, it will happen. We see it happening in about two years," the article quoted Gary Hemphill, the managing director of research at Beverage Marketing.
Besides being a healthy alternative, the article sites convenience as an important contributor to bottled water’s growth.

"People who buy water bottles tend to be young and active," Hemphill is quoted as saying in the article. 

"They like that the bottles are portable, that they can be brought and had while on the go."

Not unique to America
Across the pond, British residents are also consuming an ever increasing amount of bottled water.

According to “The Week,” a British publication, bottled water sales in the U.K. have reached 1.6 billion pounds (or $2,435,304,000).

“Britons drink more bottled water than fruit juices or wines and spirits,” the article states. “Consumption per person exceeded 34 liters in 2012, up from 26.9 liters in 2001. That growth shows no sign of slowing either, as consumption is set to reach 40 liters per person by the end of the decade. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Drinking water can help you lose weight

Drink Water Before Meals to Lose Weight?
By Tim Locke, Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on August 28, 2015
Aug. 28, 2015 -- Drinking about 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals can help with weight loss for obese adults, new research suggests.
The results of the small study need to be confirmed in bigger trials, though, say the researchers from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.
The study team recruited 84 obese adult volunteers through their doctors.
Everyone received a weight-management consultation that covered lifestyle changes, better diet choices, and the benefits of more exercise.

Then the researchers randomly split the participants into two groups. They asked one group of 41 volunteers to drink 500 milliliters (about 16 ounces) of water half an hour before meals. Sparkling water, carbonated drinks, or sweetened drinks were not allowed.
The other 43 participants were just advised to imagine they were full before eating.
After being tracked for 12 weeks, with a phone consultation after 2 weeks, the water-before-meals group lost an average of 2.87 pounds more than those who just imagined being full.
People who loaded up on water before all three main meals a day lost an average of 9.48 pounds. Doing that just once a day, or not at all, resulted in an average loss of 1.76 pounds.
The findings are published in the journal Obesity.
"The beauty of these findings is in the simplicity. Just drinking a pint of water, three times a day, before your main meals may help reduce your weight," says Dr. Helen Parretti, one of the study authors, in a statement. "When combined with brief instructions on how to increase your amount of physical activity and [get] on a healthy diet, this seems to help people to achieve some extra weight loss -- at a moderate and healthy rate. It’s something that doesn't take much work to integrate into our busy everyday lives."
The study team now wants to carry on the research in a bigger trial with more volunteers.