Turning to Nature for Water This World Water Day

Water is a precious resource. And in our day and age, its dwindling supply can no longer be overlooked. This World Water Day, we intend to explore nature-based solutions to tackle the challenges posed by our times. These solutions provide us with a sustainable and cost-effective way of restoring balance to the water cycle and diminishing the effects of climate change.

Increasing Demand, Dwindling Supply

The demand for water keeps growing every day while the water reserves remain the same. The wide gap between demand and supply is predicted to get even wider over the years. The global water demand is estimated to rise 30% higher than the current demand. While today there are approximately 1.9 billion people living in potentially severe water-scarce areas, the number is expected to rise to 3 billion people by 2050 with the rising population. About 2.1 billion people around the world lack access to safely managed drinking water services.

To add to this predicament, we have society-generated wastewater flowing into the environment untreated. More than 80% of this wastewater enters our environment.

Of the water available to us, 70% flows into agriculture, 20% is consumed by industries for manufacturing and energy, and all that is available for domestic use is the remaining 10%. Less than 1% is used for drinking purposes.

Turning back to Nature

With the ever-present water crunch, people are looking desperately for means to remedy the situation. In this frantic search for a sustainable solution, we have come upon nature-based solutions that include everything from increasing vegetation along watercourses to restoring forests and grasslands. While these solutions do not directly tackle the critical water-related challenges they do help with the management of water quality and availability. They also help reduce pollution and protect the environment.

Nature-Based Solutions to the Rescue

Nature-based solutions can help in several ways and are a more sustainable solution to the water crisis. Certain nature-based solutions create ‘green infrastructure’ that are natural alternatives to human-built ‘grey infrastructure’ and give us equivalent or similar benefits.

When it comes to storing water, nature-based solutions are more cost-effective and sustainable. Natural wetlands, soil moisture and groundwater recharging are some of the alternatives to grey infrastructure like dams.

Preserving water quality and reducing pollution caused by agricultural activities is possible with nature-based solutions like conservation agriculture and riparian buffers. Conservation agriculture prevents erosion. Riparian buffers are native trees and shrubs that are planted along watercourses. These buffers help protect the waterbody from nonpoint source pollution. They also help mitigate extreme flooding caused by climate change.

The benefits of nature-based solutions extend beyond water-related services. They help improve the environment too and are a more long-lasting and sustainable alternative to ‘grey infrastructure’.

Do Your Bit from Home

While all of the above systems are extremely effective for the conservation of water on a large scale, here are some things you can do to save water at home.

  1. Don’t leave the tap running

According to EPA, bathroom faucets run at about 7 litres of water a minute. Turn off the faucet while you’re scrubbing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. You can save hundreds of gallons a month if you don’t let the tap run needlessly. If you’re dealing with a leaky faucet, fix it. Even a slow drip wastes 75 litres of water a day.

  1. Re-use water

The water you use to rinse your fruits and veggies can be easily used to water the plants in your home.

  1. Time your showers

Try and keep your showers to five minutes or less.

  1. Capture rainwater

Rainwater harvesting is a great way to collect water for domestic purposes. You can use this water to water your plants and for other purposes like washing clothes & utensils etc.

Water is a basic necessity and fundamental to life. Hence, water should be easily available to all. Let’s take the necessary steps towards a more ‘water-secure’ future where people have access to clean water for all their needs.

Is hard water being a menace in your home?

You aspire to give your loved ones the best of everything. To keep them safe from any difficulty in life and safeguard them from any health concern. Healthy water is one of the primary resources that help in keeping your family safe. You ensure that every glass of water is absolutely safe for your family. But is that glass of water safe in the real sense? It’s difficult to know the actual source of the water supplied to your home and hence it’s very difficult to trust it. Many towns and cities receive hard water which is capable of causing health concerns.

Hard water is basically water which has a high mineral content, specifically calcium and magnesium ions in high concentration. In some regions, hard water may also contain manganese and aluminium. The usage of hard water in household activities causes stains, spots & films on dishes, rust-coloured stains in toilet bowls, sinks and shower, streaks on glassware & dishes. It also builds upscale deposits in water-using applications and clogs hot water pipes. If hard water is consumed, the presence of salts in it may cause adverse health effects like intestinal digestion problems, cardiovascular issues, cancer, deformation of the central nervous system, etc among people. Hence, it’s extremely important to keep your family away from the usage of hard water. Since you cannot control the supply of hard water in your homes, you can try softening the hard water for your domestic purposes.

What is water softening?

Water softening is the process of elimination of calcium and magnesium ions from the hard water to minimize its effects. There are different methods and technologies through which you can convert your hard water into soft water. They are as follows:

  • Distillation

In this process, water is allowed to boil till it starts vaporizing. The water in the gaseous state is then cooled off in another container and it turns back to liquid. It is a cheaper process but can be done only with small amount of water.

  • Reverse Osmosis Technology

Using the Membrane Technology, the minerals in the hard water is removed in the Osmotic Membrane Chamber. This chamber consists of tiny pores that allow only water molecules to pass through it and traps all the hard water chemicals.

  • Ion Exchange

Ion exchange is one of the conventional ways to convert hard water into soft water. The process is used to remove calcium and magnesium ions from water by exchanging each of the calcium and magnesium ions for two sodium ions.

Adapting this technology, Aquasoft Water Conditioner primarily functions on softening hard water. Invest in this automatic water softener from the house of Eureka Forbes to easily convert hard water into soft water.

How does Aquasoft function?

Equipped with Ion exchange technology, Aquasoft carries out the process of water softening in a resin tank. Thousands of tiny resin beads lie within the tank, that filter out the hard chemicals present in the water. So the hard water that enters your home travels through the water softener, the resin beads attract the chemicals and separate it from the water, and the softened water flows throughout the pipes of your home.

If hard water is creating a menace in your home, then getting a water softener could be an option. One such reliable water softener is Aquasoft, which is available in two variants — Aquasoft 1000 (09 lt resin) & Aquasoft 2000 (20 lt resin). It is capable of eliminating chemicals from the hard water and softens it for you and your loved ones.

How to maintain/recharge the water softener?

As the resin beads are constantly at work, the continuous exchange of the chemicals of hard water leaves behind a layer of them on the beads. Hence, they need to be thoroughly rinsed/recharged for the efficient functioning of the product. In this recharging process, a strong salt-water solution is created with the salt added to the softener. This Brine solution flows through the resin tank, rinses the beads, and exchanges new sodium for the hard water chemicals. This process takes about two hours and then the resin beads are renewed to be used again!

Hard water is simply the water that contains a lot of minerals in it. The minerals occur naturally and are not necessarily harmful to your health. But it brings along many problems like soap and shampoo do not lather well, bathtubs and wash basins have a ring, laundry is dingy, and the coffee maker has deposits of scale. Furthermore, it also affects the functioning of your electrical appliances like water heater and brings a pale appearance to your dishes, clothes, skin and even hair.

You may not be able to control the source of the water supplied to your house, but you can make it potable and safe for your loved ones with a water softener.

Is your drinking water safe from microplastic?

Water, the driving force of all nature, is getting contaminated by the day. The role of water purification was to remove bacteria and viruses from drinking water. But over the years, water contamination from various sources, like sewage, chemical waste, heavy metals, etc has made the water unfit for consumption. In certain areas, the water is polluted by Lead and arsenic making it toxic to health. What’s worse, new age contaminants like Lead, Iron or Arsenic cannot be removed from the water by boiling. Hence’ the need for advanced water purifiers which are equipped with purification technologies like Reverse Osmosis (RO) or UV for water purification needs.

Recently, a survey found the presence of microplastic in the tap water of countries across the world. What’s alarming is that India has ranked third in the list of contamination rate.

Let’s help you understand the problem of microplastics and its impact on health, and possible solutions for the same.

What is Microplastic?

Microplastics are small plastic particles present in the environment. They are present in many sources, including carry bags and pet bottles. While there is some contention over their size, the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration distinguishes them as less than 5mm (5000 micron) in diameter. Based on GESAMP 2015, there are four types of plastic found in the environment. They are:

  1. Macroplastics
  2. Mesoplastics
  3. Microplastics
  4. Nanoplastics

They are present in different parts of the environment in different sizes, which may or may not be seen with the naked eye.

How does microplastic find its way to drinking water?

We are aware of the fact that the global environment is highly affected due to the presence of plastic in the ecosystem. Everyday, millions of plastic fibres are shed through different sources. As 60% of our fabrics are made of polyester, a type of plastic that is obtained from fossil fuel, simple activities like abrasion of clothes, upholstery, carpets or any other fibrous fabrics add to the junk of microplastics in the environment. Apart from this, another type of plastic called as Styrene Butadiene is released from the tyres of the vehicles. This plastic finds its way into sewers and other water bodies. A recent study also found that every cycle of a washing machine releases 700,000 fibres into the environment. All of this results in an unfortunate meeting of the sources of water bodies and microplastic fibres. They make their way through the complex pipe system and into our homes through taps or drinking water.

How does microplastic affect the human body?

Due to its small size, it is capable of travelling through intestinal walls, lymph nodes and other vital organs. They also absorb toxic chemicals that are linked to fatal diseases such as cancer. Due to its large presence in the ocean, researchers also suspect that people consume these microplastic particles through seafood. If these particles are inhaled or ingested, they may cause localised toxicity in your body.

What is the solution?

The primary solution for this world-wide issue is to take an active role in proper waste management. That being said, it is also true that this process is a long battle that will definitely require a lot of years. However, you can take the first step to ensure your drinking water is free from microplastics at home. You can start by making a conscious decision to avoid the purchase of plastic bottles, carry bags, and straws.

How can you eliminate microplastics from your drinking water?

One of the ways to eliminate the presence of microplastic fibres from your drinking water is by investing in a water purifier that is equipped with an advanced purification technology. An average microplastic size ranges from 0.1 cm to 1 μm and advanced technologies like pre-filter porosity, Ultra-Filter membranes and RO membranes can readily filter out these microns and provide you with healthy and safe drinking water. Dr. Aquaguard water purifiers are equipped with Microfiltration, Ultra Filtration & Reverse Osmosis purification technology that is capable of filtering microplastic that range from 0.1 cm (1000 μm) to 1 μm.

The presence of plastic is a global concern and, in the years to come, we hope that solutions can be found to combat it. However, you can take the first step towards safeguarding you and your family from the adverse effects of microplastics by bringing home an advanced water purifier. Dr. Aquaguard Magna HD RO + UV eliminates excess TDS, blocks dissolved impurities and chemical contaminants, while retaining essential minerals in the drinking water, giving you healthy and pure drinking water. Book a demo today.

A healthy beginning to a healthy year

‘Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life’.

We are at the end of 2017. Another fruitful year has passed by. With a bagful of memories, we are all set to welcome 2018 with open arms and optimism.

As a common practice, people are ready with their list of ambitious resolutions.

Some promise to learn a musical instrument in a month, some plan on quitting smoking or alcohol, while others choose to take up a hobby. These resolutions sound fantastic on paper but fulfilling them with diligence and sincerity is something that Only a few achieve. In addition to this, people are drawn towards making bigger and better resolutions, ignoring the small and simple ones.

Joyce Meyer once rightly claimed, ‘I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you’. So, this New Year, how about you add a few simple healthy resolutions to your list, and let the healthier you enjoy 2018 with good health!

  1. Water is your best friend; drink it

Drink adequate amount of water—this is a fact that has been established by many experts and health specialists. Stay constantly hydrated to maintain essential bodily functions and feel fresh. Ensure that you have a water bottle with you at all times, and consciously remind yourself to drink water at regular intervals. Slice fresh pieces of cucumber, oranges or lemons to add some flavour and nutrition to your water. Bring home Dr Aquaguard Water Purifiers and ensure that you and your family are drinking only healthy water.

  1. Life is too short to stress out

As you enter the New Year, make sure that your stressful days reduce in number. No matter how eventful your day was, if it is combined with stress, it takes a huge toll on your health. Chronic stress can result in insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, etc. To avoid this, start small sessions of meditation, spend some quality time with your friends and family & participate in relaxing activities (vacation, spa, etc.)

  1. Reboot your fitness regime

Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions! Regular workouts and gyming sessions are planned out well to achieve your magical number. However, as the excitement of the New Year fades away so does the enthusiasm of going to the gym. Hence, to combat this problem, set smaller goals for yourself. Chart out a jogging or an evening walk schedule that can be achieved with minimal efforts. Starting with this gives you a great head start to move on to physically exhausting exercises.

  1. Breathe in healthy air, breathe out worries

The alarming headlines, thick smog in the air and the sudden drop in air quality has left many people worried. Greenpeace’s report named Airpocalypse says, ‘As many as 1.2 billion deaths take place every year due to air pollution’. It’s high time we take a few steps towards analysing the quality of the air we breathe in and ensure that it’s healthy. This coming year, ensure the air you and your family breathe indoors is purified through Dr Aeroguard Air Purifiers. You can also bring home a few air purifying plants to circulate fresh air in your home.

  1. A tidy house leads to a tidy mind

Stressful schedules and endless errands lead to a cluttered home. A cluttered home can result in dust mites breeding in your bed and sofa & accumulated dirt in hard-to-reach surfaces. How about stepping into a new year with a de-cluttered and tidy home? Begin the new chapter of your year with a spotless and healthy home. Invest in the Euroclean range of vacuum cleaners that help to deep clean your home and make it a healthy living space.

A new year is a fresh start to a new life. So, a few simple steps towards a healthier life will definitely help you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy year ahead.

Eliminate Lead – The silent killer in your drinking water

Water is life and clean water means health.

The world is moving at a fast pace, developing countries all around the globe are trying to match up to this pace by all means necessary. Every new innovation is refining our livelihood with each passing day. However, amidst all the developments and technological advancements, basic necessities like sanitation, hygiene, and clean drinking water are still a grave issue in many countries.

As per a study by UNICEF India, 67% of Indian households do not treat their drinking water, even though it could be chemically or bacterially contaminated. Amongst all the contaminants, Lead is one of the most prominent and hazardous pollutants in drinking water.

Lead, a pervasive environmental contaminant, enters your drinking water due to the corrosion of household plumbing system like pipes, solders, and fittings that contain Lead. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes that are most commonly used in your home also contain Lead components that may leach into the drinking water. World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified Lead as one of the ten major chemicals of public health concern.

Here are some basic facts on Lead and its harmful effects that you need to know of:

  1. Lead is a cumulative toxicant that can affect multiple body systems in the human body. It can cause damage to the brain, kidney, liver and bones.
  2. Children are even more vulnerable to complications caused by Lead exposure. Lead can cause lasting problems with growth and development in children. It can affect their hearing, learning ability, behaviour and even slow down the child’s growth.
  3. In adults, Lead poisoning can damage the brain and nervous system, the stomach and even the kidneys. It can also cause high blood pressure and other health problems.
  4. Children and adults alike can experience memory loss, trouble thinking clearly, weakness and muscle problems.

The effects of Lead on the human body can be life-threatening. But you can begin to take following precautionary measures to safeguard you and your loved ones from its harmful effects.The effects of Lead on the human body can be life-threatening. But you can begin to take following precautionary measures to safeguard you and your loved ones from its harmful effects.

  1. Old pipelines and plumbing systems in our homes and buildings can cause Lead contamination in your drinking water. Hence cleaning your taps and faucets frequently is suggested.
  2. Before directly consuming, let some water run thoroughly so that any contaminants accumulated in pipes will flush out.
  3. Do consider using an advanced water purifier with reverse osmosis technology that will help you filter your water thoroughly. Traditional purification techniques cannot remove chemicals and new age contaminants from water. Hence, the need for RO purifying technology. RO technology effectively removes excess TDS (Total Dissolved Salts), new age contaminants, etc. from your drinking water and makes it safe for drinking.

No matter how forward the world is, if the most basic commodity that you are consuming is contaminated then the world will have no good future. Considering all the health hazards caused by Lead, getting rid of it from drinking water is the need of this hour. Hence, take all the precautionary measures to eliminate Lead from your water.

Buy Dr. Aquaguard Magna NXT HD RO+UV with best-in-class technology to safeguard the health of your loved ones or you can get a free home demo and see how it works.

Innovative technology that makes your water healthy!

The human body is an incredible machine, performing various processes throughout one’s life. Water plays an essential role in certain primary functions of the body and is needed for the different organs to function properly. Almost 70% of the human body is made up of water. When water is such an integral part of our body and its functioning, its imperative that we consume pure, safe and healthy water.

As innovation is at its peak and technology around the globe is evolving, the world of water purifiers has benefited greatly. Ordinary water purifiers promise to purify water, making it safe to drink. They remove bacteria and germs from the water too. But, this purified water that we consume, fails to provide our body with much-needed nutrients.

The latest Dr. Aquaguard range of water purifiers, brings Advanced Mineral GuardTM, NutritronTM and BiotronTM technology, making your water not just pure, but healthy too.
Let’s take a closer look at the technology utilized in the water purifiers:

a. Mineral GuardTM
Ordinary water purifiers available in the market not only eliminate the bacteria and viruses but also the natural minerals dissolved in the water. Minerals are highly essential for proper functioning of the body and biological processes. Deficiency or lack of these minerals could cause neurological concerns, tremors, loss of appetite, personality changes, etc. Dr.Aquaguard’s advanced Mineral Guard TechnologyTM goes a step further and not only purifies the water but also retains natural minerals during the purification process.

b. BiotronTM
Water molecules are present in nature in the form of clusters. These clusters are difficult for the body to absorb, as they cannot easily penetrate the cell walls in the human body. This makes the absorption rate of water low. The new age BiotronTM Technology assists in breaking down complex water molecules into fine micro-clusters. The micro clusters which are smaller in size enable the water molecules to penetrate the cell walls, thereby making water more ‘bio-available’.

c. NutritronTM
We receive the maximum amount of nutrients from food. However, it is also true that water consists of many important nutrients that are essential for us. The advanced NutritronTM Technology is a combination of silver-impregnated, activated carbon granules that release essential natural minerals (calcium, magnesium) &micro-nutrients (copper and zinc) in water. This technology fortifies your drinking water making it extremely healthy! In addition to this, it balances the pH level of the water ensuring your daily dose of health.

Bring home the Dr. Aquaguard range of water purifiers and experience this advanced patented technology first-hand. So this monsoon season, book a free home demo and protect your family’s health.

Holi – let’s make it a festival beyond colours

The colourful festival of Holi is finally here. Let us go beyond the use of smearing colours and become more conscious and considerate about our environment. Make this Holi a joyous festival by celebrating it with your family and friends, in an environmentally safe and responsible way.

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Keep reading to find out how you can celebrate the festival of colours differently this year.

Play Tilak Holi:
Leave behind the harmful colours, water balloons and the water guns, and celebrate Holi the traditional way with Tilak Holi. Its spiritual significance and the use of minimal colours are what makes it the perfect way to celebrate the festival of colours without wasting water or harming your skin by playing with harmful colours.

Play dry holi, save water:
Many cities in India are facing water scarcity problems. Let’s play a dry holi to ensure minimum wastage of water during the celebration; avoid the use of water guns, mini water balloons and splashing buckets of water on people.

Community bonfire:
To commence the festival of Holi, every street, building or compound organizes its own bonfire celebration. These bonfires burnt across the country takes a toll on the environment and have been known to drastically increase the average temperature of the surrounding area. The best way to have an environmentally friendly celebration is to have a community bonfire.

Holi with Family:
In today’s time, everyone is living a hectic lifestyle, make the most of the holiday by spending time with your family. Delight your family and friends by preparing traditional sweets such as gujjiyas, malpuas and badam kulfi.

So this Holi, do things differently. Spread the colours of joy in an eco-friendly and less harmful way. Have a happy, safe and healthy Holi!

11 Tips To Help You Save Water At Home

Over the years, the problem of water shortage in the country has gone from bad to worse. Many people barely get enough water and have to walk for hours before they can get even a few litres of drinking water. In these difficult times, it is only fair that those of us who do get our daily supply of water must do our bit towards society and save as much water as possible. So if you’re looking for ways to save some water, here are a few tips that can help get the job done at home.

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