Faecal Bacteria Found in Ice in UK Coffee Chains

Undercover investigators for BBC Watchdog found faecal bacteria in ice served at Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero. 

Faecal bacteria can cause diarrhoea if ingested, which is especially problematic for those with compromised immune systems.

Worse still, the presence of faecal bacteria indicates that other disease-causing pathogens may be present, as microbiologist Philip Tierno explains:

“Where there are fecal bacteria present it is an indicator that there could be other germs….  like Norovirus or hepatitis A or Salmonella”.(1)

How did this happen? Expert Rob Kingsley, explains:

“It is an indicator that somewhere there has been some kind of breakdown in hygiene or the source of the water used for this ice.” (2)

What can you do to protect yourself at home, and how can you ensure your workplace  is clean and safe?

  1. Remove bacteria at source. Our water purification systems remove the faecal bacteria present in tap water, so if you have one at home, your office or food/drink business, you are already removing it at source. If not, you can purchase or rent one now, from as little as £1 a day.
  1. Correct hand washing. Clean hands prevent the spread the bacteria, so follow the World Health Organisation’s procedure for correct hand washing. Click here to view. (3)

Starbucks predicts that 50% of its beverage sales will be cold drinks by 2021(4), so it’s especially important that food and drink businesses take all steps to protect their customers, staff and reputations from faecal contamination in ice, water and on surfaces.

We’d like to reassure our domestic and commercial customers that our water purification systems remove faecal bacteria at source (along with a myriad of other bacteria, organisms and contaminants), providing extra peace of mind. 

If you’d like advice on installing a Pure H2O tap water purifier at home, your office or hospitality venue, call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk We’d be delighted to advise you.

References:

1. ‘Reports of fecal bacteria in iced coffee at chains like Starbucks are a red flag for bigger problems, a scientist explains’ UK Business Insider 29.06.17 http://uk.businessinsider.com/feces-bacteria-coffee-iced-drinks-2017-6?r=US&IR=T accessed 30.06.17

2. ’Faecal bacteria found in ice from Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks’ Guardian 28.06.17  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/faecal-bacteria-found-ice-three-major-uk-chains-caffe-nero-starbucks-costa-coffee accessed 30.06.17

3. ‘Clean Care is Safer Care’ World Heath Organisation http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/ accessed 30.06.17

4. ‘Starbucks Sees Future Sales Growth Fueled by Food, Cold Coffee Beverages’ CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/starbucks-sees-future-sales-growth-fueled-by-food-cold-coffee-beverages.html accessed 30.06.17

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Guest Blog for KB-Network: Smart Taps

After the launch of our new The Pureh2o SmartTap™ we recently hosted a guest blog for KB-Network, *the* place to go for the latest information on kitchens and bathrooms. KB-Network asked our M.D. Roger Wiltshire for his input on the differences between ‘normal’ and ‘smart’ taps, and why the trade should invest in the latter.

We think you’ll find the blog useful; it covers topics including British made products, environmental sustainability and what sets the The Pureh2o SmartTap™ apart from others on the market. Here’s an excerpt:

What sets your taps apart from all the other ‘smart taps’ on the market?

The Pureh2o SmartTap™ delivers quite a few unique benefits that set it apart from others available today:

1. The Pureh2o SmartTap™ is the only smart tap on the market to integrate with Pureh2o RO or RODI tap water purification systems…

2. It’s really important for consumers and their suppliers to understand that a lot of companies are now using the same boiling tap supplied from one Chinese manufacturer. We feel that the quality and reliability of our British manufactured Pureh2o SmartTap™ offers consumers the safest, highest quality tap that is backed up by our UK-based pre and post sales customer service and technical support…

To read the guest blog in full, visit KB-Network and for more information and to order The Pureh2o SmartTap™, click here or call us on 01483 617 000.

Our thanks to the team at KB-Network, it was a pleasure to be your guest blogger!

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Press Release: The Pureh2o SmartTap™ drinks station

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the The Pureh2o SmartTap™ the brand new compact drinks point delivering a modular choice of boiling, sparkling, chilled and / or ambient water. Several finishes, a modular approach to water options and upgrades including countertop drainer are offered, for full customisation in all settings domestic and commercial.

The Pureh2o SmartTap™  is the latest in our range of multifunction taps, following the success of Quatreau, our 4 function kitchen tap with touchscreen control panel. Like Quatreau, the all-new Puerh2o SmartTap™ is capable of delivering either filtered mains water or up to 99.99% pure water with the optional RODI tap water purifier. Pureh2o taps are the only ones on the market to integrate with these pure water systems.

Whether specified with filtered or pure water, the Pureh2o SmartTap™ sub-sink Hydrocell® 551 system offers a modular choice of boiling, chilled and sparkling as well as ambient water. The Hydrocell® unit incorporates easy to install and maintain quick fit filters and CO2 cartridges as standard, and multimedia filters to reduce impurities found in mains fed water.

Recently installed pre-launch at the Eurostar Paris Business Lounge, the compact tap system delivers 20 litres of water per hour, whichever option is selected. LED lit buttons ensure ease of use, the consistently safe, clean efficient flow and optional safety lock for boiling offers peace of mind. The optional sink drainer with integral drain turns the tap in to a stand-alone counter top drinks station. Infinite expansion of the boiling capacity is ideal for high-density environments.

Designed to robustly withstand the demands of high use areas, the Pureh2o SmartTap™ is manufactured in Great Britain, within 10 miles of our base in Woking, Surrey, with WRAS approved materials including solid 316 stainless steel chosen for strength, longevity and low environmental impact. With energy efficiency in mind, the boiling function uses 33% less energy than other hot water taps.

Installed with the optional Pureh2o RODI water purifier, the Pureh2o SmartTap™ delivers 99.99% pure water; purer by far than all bottled water brands, obviating the negative environmental impact of plastic bottled water and free from the myriad of impurities found in tap water. The RODI water purifier can also connect to steam ovens, coffee machines, ice makers and fridges for exceptional clarity and purity of taste and appearance, making it an ideal system for restaurants and hotels, as used at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford and Great Fosters, Surrey:

“Food and beverage are of paramount importance and are reflected in our overall reputation… After 30 years in the hotel business, I was amazed at the difference that the quality of water could bring to many of our services.” Richard Young, General Manager Great Fosters Hotel, Surrey.

For further information and to order the Pureh2o SmartTap™ and optional water purification system, visit www.Pureh2o.co.uk or call us on 01483 617 000. We welcome enquiries from the trade, consumers and press.

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The Pureh2o SmartTap™ installed at Eurostar Paris Business Lounge
Specified with Sparkling, Chilled and countertop sink drainer.

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Neonic Pesticides Now Found in Drinking Water

Neonicotinoids_textFor the first time since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids pesticides have been found in tap water in the USA, with water treatment plants varying in their ability to remove the toxic chemicals.(1)

A joint study by the University of Iowa and the US Geological Survey “found that neonics were widespread in water samples collected from 48 different rivers and streams in the US.”(2)

Introduced in the 90s, neonic pesticides were viewed as an advance to older pesticides because they are selectively lethal to insects and not other wildlife such as birds and mammals. However, we now know that these chemicals are linked to the large-scale and long-term decline in bee populations.(3)

Whilst relatively minute levels have been found in drinking water, we don’t yet know what impact this has on human health:

Whenever we have pesticides in the drinking water that is something that raises a flag no matter what type of concentration it is,” said Professor Gregory LeFevre.(2)

Neonic pesticdes have been widely used in the UK until 2013 when a moratorium was introduced due to concerns over bee populations, so we believe it is probable that findings on the presence of neonics in drinking water in the US are applicable to UK drinking water sources.

Added to known breaches of permitted levels of the slug pesticide metaldehyde in some UK drinking water sources, it is clear that tap water is not the healthiest or safest choice of drinking water.

Fortunately, the patented 4-stage filtration process used by our RODI tap water purifiers ensure you need never worry about contaminants such as neonic pesticides in drinking water. Typically fitted underneath your kitchen sink, our purifiers remove up to 99.99% of naturally occurring and man-made contaminants and impurities from drinking water including pesticides of any type, heavy metals, carcinogens, petrochemicals, hormones and medications.

Call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

References:

1. Klarich et al., Occurence of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and fate during Drinking Water Treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2017, 4 (5), pp 168–173 Accessed 31.05.17 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00081

2. McGrath, M: First Study Finds Neonic Pesticides in US Drinking Water, BBC News 05.04.17 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39504487

3. McGrath, M Neonic Pesticide Link to Long-term Wild Bee Decline, BBC News 16.08.16 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37089385

Water Softeners

Water Softeners from the Pure H2O Company

We are The Pure H2O Company, and we understand more than anyone, the benefits of using soft water within your home. However, not all of us are lucky enough to live in an area that allows you to naturally use soft water, which is why you should invest in a water softener with The Pure H2O Company today.

Hard water costs you a lot of money over time, and significantly increases your cleaning time. It can cause serious damage to your boiler and other appliances within your household just through the buildup of limescale. Many households in hard water areas are often faced with the expense of repairing or buying new appliances, due to the frequent breakdowns that occur due to hard water. These expenses build up over time, and you when you work out how much money has been thrown away because of something as simple as water, it can be quite shocking.

At The Pure H2O Company, we recommend you invest into one of our bestselling water softeners. The softeners we offer remove the damage that hard water causes, and brings you lots of benefits at the same time. You may not realise how much hard water is negatively affecting your life until one of our water softeners into your home. You would cut down hugely on your cleaning time, saving you money on your water bills at the end of the month while having your skin feel smoother and softer, your hair feeling glossier when you step out the shower and your heating costs will not rise at the end of the year because of scale building up.

We understand that as a property owner, looking after your home should be your priority. When using hard water you are throwing money away and are not even able to unwind as hard water is drying out your skin and ruining your baths. Using a softener removes impurities from the water, hydrates your skin and improves your bathing water quality. Soft water is even proven to help with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis – you can’t go wrong.

Water softeners use a process called ‘ion exchange’ to remove the calcium and magnesium minerals from your water as it enters your home. These are the minerals that cause limescale and removing them makes the water ‘soft’. So If you want to eliminate limescale and improve the health and wellbeing of your household, then you should buy a water softener from us today.

We offer three different ways to soften your water here at The Pure H2O Company. No matter what budget you may have in mind or what your needs are, I’m sure you can find the perfect solution to your hard water problems on our website. Our engineers here at Pure H2O are incredibly skilled and experienced, and can offer you all the support you may need when working with us.

If you are interested in either renting or purchasing a water softener or conditioner from The Pure H2O Company, then please feel free to contact us to chat to someone from our sales team. Either give us a call straight away on 01483 617000 or arrange a call back with someone from our team by filling in the contact page on our website.

London’s bottled water waste is out of control

“London’s plastic water bottle waste is out of control”, reports the Guardian this week.

In their article highlighting London as having the worst recycling rates of anywhere in the UK, the Guardian reveals that Londoners drink more plastic bottled water than anyone else in England.

Plastic waste is out of control in London,” said Leonie Cooper, who chairs the London assembly environment committee. “It litters our parks, pollutes the Thames, harms marine life and adds waste to London’s landfill sites, which may be full by 2025.

“We have to turn the situation around. Firstly, Londoners need an alternative to buying bottles of water – this is a crucial part of the solution”.

The environment committee recommends that tap water should be made more readily available, but here at The Pure H2O Co., we – and no doubt you, our readers – are all too aware of the potential health risks associated with drinking tap water’s myriad of impurities including drug residues, heavy metals, asbestos, pesticides, chemicals and petroleum derivatives.

There is an environmentally friendly, sustainable, easy, affordable solution. It solves the plastic bottled water crisis. It frees you from the health compromises involved in drinking tap water. It’s RODI Pure H2O. That’s tap water purified of 99.99% of all naturally occurring and man-made impurities, using our patented Reverse Osmosis with De-Ionisation purification process.

Our technologically advanced water purification systems fit conveniently into your home and supply unlimited quantities of 99.99% pure water, from as little as £1 a day. Our systems are designed specifically for treating UK tap water, they are the most advanced, water-efficient systems available and last longer than any others on the market. Even better, our warranty offers peace of mind, backed up by our excellent engineers who service your system once a year to keep it producing pure water, day after day.

If you’re one of the sensible, health-conscious individuals – Londoner or not! – who likes to have water with you during the day, simply fill up a plastic-free, re-usable bottle from your Pure H2O system before you leave home. In fact, RODI Pure H2O is purer by far than all bottled water brands. It’s a win-win.

Ditch plastic bottled water, for good. Enjoy Pure H2O – ethical, healthy, safe water. If you’d like to rent or buy a tap water purifier, enquire today by calling us on 01483 617 000, fill in our contact form or visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk for further details.

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Water Softening

Here at The Pure H2O Company we understand how frustrating it is to deal with the problems that hard water causes. Not all of us are lucky enough to live in an area where soft water is natural, and you have to pay out for the expenses hard water causes.

Hard water can cost you a lot of money over time and increases your cleaning time – meaning you are spending a lot of time at the washing up sink. Water softening is a way to stop these problems occurring, meaning you will not be paying out to fix appliances that have broken within your home due to limescale build up.

Money is thrown away when you don’t go through the process of water softening, it can be quite shocking when you look at the actual figures of money that is being wasted.

If you are a property owner, looking after your home should be your main priority. If you go through the process of water softening, it removes impurities from the water, hydrates your skin and improves your bathing water quality. Soft water is even proven to help with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis – you can’t go wrong. This is why you should really invest into a water softener with The Pure H2O Company.

Water softeners use a process called ‘ion exchange’ to remove the calcium and magnesium minerals from your water as it enters your home. These are the minerals that cause limescale and removing them makes the water ‘soft’. So If you want to eliminate limescale and improve the health and wellbeing of your household, then you should buy a water softener from us today.

We offer three different ways to soften your water here at The Pure H2O Company. No matter what budget you may have in mind or what your needs are, I’m sure you can find the perfect solution to your hard water problems on our website.

We have an incredibly skilled and experienced team here at The Pure H2O Co., we can offer you lots of advice whether it is on installation, servicing, surveying or warranty support, we are always here to support you throughout this journey.

You will always be backed up by our Customer Services team as well, so you know when working with us you will always be supported. We want to ensure the experience our customers have when using our services is exceptional, and is our main priority.

If you are interested in either renting or purchasing a water softener or conditioner from The Pure H2O Company, then please feel free to contact us to chat to someone from our sales team. Either call us straight away on 01483 617 000 or arrange a call back with someone from our team by filling in the contact page on our website.