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  • Antimicrobial Copper MD-Cu29

    Antimicrobial copper surfaces can prevent frequently touch point surfaces from becoming bacteria farms that start the growth and spread of pathogenic microbes. These microbes can often survive on surfaces for long periods of time (sometimes more than 30 days). MD-Cu29 is an EPA registered anti-microbial copper that fights off microorganisms including MRSA and e coli. Oasis uses MD-Cu29 on key touch point areas to help prevent the spread of diseases.

    The copper continuously works to control the growth of bacteria on the copper surfaces. Scientists suggest that copper surfaces affect bacteria in two steps: the first step is a direct interaction between the surface and the bacterial outer membrane, causing the membrane to break. The second is related to the holes in the outer membrane, through which the cell loses important nutrients and water, causing a general weakening of the cell.
    The surfaces of copper and its alloys, such as brass and bronze, are antimicrobial. They have built in ability to kill a wide range of harmful microbes quickly – sometimes within two hours or less – and with a great deal of efficiency. These antimicrobial properties have been demonstrated by an extensive body of research. One benefit of copper surfaces is that they do not need to cleaned on a regular basis.

    To learn more about Antimicrobial Copper visit: http://md-cu29.com/

    Oasis has a selection of Antimicrobial Copper fountains in the Versacooler II collection available that can be installed with copper touch points and tops. Visit our Antimicrobial Copper section here: http://www.oasiscoolers.com/index.php/products/pressure/antimicrobial-copper.html

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  • Aqua Bar II POU

    Oasis Water Coolers
    These coolers combine superior technology with sophistication to deliver hot and cold, great-tasting, healthy water on demand.
    Aqua Bar II Features:
    Tri-temp: Hot, Cook and Cold
    Standard and deluxe model with LCD and electronic controls
    4 gallon stainless steel reservoir, perfect for reserve osmosis and filter applications
    High chilling capacity - 2ghp at 500 F
    Large faucet alcove for filling sports bottles and carafes
    Optional in-tank UV accessory for continuous sanitization (purchased separately)
    Optional in-cabinet leak detector accessory with inlet water shut-off (purchased separately)
    Certified to NSF/ANSI 372 for low lead content
    Energy star rated
    UL listed
    3-year limited warranty
    AquaBar II Standard
    Electromechanical controls for tri-temperature with gray accent trim with carbon fiber-look panel
    Cold/hot water thermostat controls the temperature with an "off" position, readily accessible for hot and cold water
    Hot water temperature is not adjustable
    Filter and reverse osmosis-ready
    AquaBar II Deluxe-all the features of AquaBar II Standard and:
    Advanced electronic control system
    Adjustable hot/cold water temperature with "off" position
    Hot booster function for tea and other hot beverages
    Night setback energy saver
    UV life monitors
    Digital clock
    Control lock-out feature

    Visit Page: Aquabar II POU

  • Cooties in the kitchen: Are you as safe as you think?

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    When it comes to kitchen safety, you
    know the drill: Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. Use
    separate cutting boards for meats and vegetables to avoid cross
    contamination. Keep work surfaces clean and dry. Clean biofilms off
    appliances like coffee makers and water coolers.

    Wait. What? 

    Cleanbiofilms?

    How do I clean biofilms?

    And what are biofilms, anyway?

    "Biofilms are offensive slimes," says Michael J. Hurst,
    BSc(Hons) FRSPH, consulting microbiologist, principal, Watermark
    Consultancy. "They act as food for fast-growing bacteria and can be
    a hazard in the kitchen."

    Biofilms promote bacteria growth, helping them colonize quickly
    to slippery, gooey surfaces that can give off an unusual odor.

    "Biofilms can act as
    food
    for fast-growing bacteria."

    -Michael J. Hurst,
    microbiologist

    In fact, many homeowners might not being paying enough attention
    to notice the formation of biofilms-especially in hidden appliance
    parts, such as the reservoir of their bottled water cooler.

    "Regardless of make or model, all bottled water coolers have a
    reservoir," explains Hurst. "If not maintained and cleaned
    properly, water cooler reservoirs can harbor lots of rapidly
    multiplying bacteria. Choosing a water cooler that is easy to clean
    is beneficial."

    How Contamination Begins

    While it's virtually impossible to create a completely sterile
    environment in any home, says Hurst, when it comes to bottled water
    coolers, you can limit exposure by following these safe-handling
    tips:

    • Always wash hands before handling your cooler's water bottles,
      especially when loading a new bottle into the unit.
    • When possible, avoid touching the neck of the water bottle
      during refilling (even with clean hands).
    • Keep dirty hands and fingers or unsanitary plastic bottles from
      direct contact with water cooler faucets.
    • Choose water coolers with easy to clean and maintain reservoirs
      and faucets.
    • Steer clear of using aerosols or other contaminants around the
      water cooler itself, since these things can be drawn into the
      cooler when the water is dispensed.
    • Position the water cooler in a convenient kitchen location away
      from where you handle meat and greens, since there have been
      incidences of dangerous bacteria coming from foods like spinach and
      alfalfa sprouts.

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    Time to Clean: Signs & Symptoms

    Of course, it's best to clean all kitchen appliances
    regularly-and that includes bottled water coolers and their
    reservoirs. Set a cleaning schedule you can remember, such as the
    last day of the month or the same day you clean your coffee maker
    or refrigerator.

    Not sure when you last cleaned? Here are some tell-tale signs
    that your water cooler is overdue for its regular cleaning:

    • Stale or foul-tasting water
    • Slight odor or cloudiness to the water
    • Visible slime on faucets or reservoir
    • Discolored surfaces on cooler waterway

    How to Clean 

    Hurst recommends cleaning water coolers inside and out with soap
    and water, peroxide or a sanitation product like Cooler Clean, then
    rinsing well with plain water to remove residuals.

    To avoid the internal parts problem inherent in water coolers
    with fixed reservoirs, Hurst recommends OASIS International's Nautica
    Series Bottle Coolers
    with their patented removable
    reservoirs.

    Featuring a smooth, scratch-resistant, plastic surface, OASIS
    Removable Reservoirs
    easily disassemble for simple, effective
    cleaning in the dishwasher.

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    "With the OASIS RR line of bottled coolers it takes less than 3
    minutes to remove all the parts that require cleaning," says Hurst.
    "All you have to do is run them through a standard dishwasher cycle
    and then just as easily assemble and replace. It's truly the
    easiest cooler in the world to sanitize and the most popular cooler
    in Europe where I live because it makes complying with our
    sanitization requirements a snap."

    OASIS offers two bottle cooler models with Removable Reservoirs,
    discover the options: 

    OASIS NAUTICA

    OASIS CAPRI


    By: jfoster

  • Tips for conserving water in the kitchen

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    As a result of many factors, including the drought of recent
    years and increases in the cost of oil and natural gas, household
    costs seem to be going nowhere but up. But the kitchen is one
    place where a few simple changes can make a big difference,
    consider the following tips and suggestions for conserving water,
    you'll save money and benefit the environment.

    To save water:

    • Thaw meats and other frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight
      or in the microwave oven rather than under running water.
    • Keep a bottle of cold drinking water in the refrigerator rather
      than running the faucet for cool water.
    • When you need hot water, heat it on the stove or in the
      microwave oven. If you do need to run tap water and wait for it to
      get hot or cold, capture the water for other uses such as watering
      plants or soaking dishes.
    • Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate
      properly. To limit their use, peel vegetables, eggs and other food
      onto paper towels, then dispose of in the garbage container or add
      to the compost pile if you have available outdoor space. Limiting
      use of garbage disposals also helps decrease the amount of
      nitrogen, phosphorus and organic matter added to wastewater, thus
      helping improve water quality and prolonging the life of septic
      tanks.
    • Use a minimum amount of water when cooking foods such as frozen
      vegetables and stews. This will maximize nutritional value as well
      as save water.
    • When washing dishes by hand, turn the faucet on and off to
      rinse dishes instead of allowing the water to run
      continuously.
    • Repair the faucet if it leaks or drips.
    • Run the dishwasher only when full and use the shortest cycle
      necessary to clean the dishes.

    Tips Posted in
    She Knows Living


    By: jfoster

  • Reducing toxins in drinking water

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    Many people are concerned about the quality of drinking water.
    With over 2100 known
    contaminants
    potentially present in tap water, the concern is
    valid.
    Water filters
    are often the last line of defense between the
    body and the toxins present in drinking water.

    So here are our top reasons why you should filter your tap
    water
    :

    • ensures pure, contaminate-free drinking water
    • reduces chlorine, bad taste, odor, lead, bacteria and sediments
      for better tasting, fresher drinking water
    • reduces risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer
      by reducing chlorine and chlorine byproducts
    • reduces the risk of waterborne illness and risks like
      Cryptosporidium and other infectious agents
    • safer for kids with still-developing immune systems, pregnant
      women and adults with compromised immune systems
    • provides clean, healthy water for cooking, as well as
      drinking
    • helps appliances, such as refrigerators and coffee machines
      equipped with anti-scaling element, last longer and prevents scale
      build-up in household pipes
    • more affordable than buying bottled water and reduces
      unnecessary plastic waste
    • uses 2,000 times less energy to produce than bottled water

    Most communities in North America have clean, safe drinking
    water. If you have concerns about your tap water, refer to the EPA for
    reports on local drinking water. Today there are various water
    filters available, ranging from refrigerator filters to under-sink filters.
    With the right water filter, you can reduce chemicals, sediments,
    lead, chlorine, taste and odor to deliver great-tasting water
    without the hassle or price of bottled water.  One filter can
    clean hundreds of gallons of water, saving you money and reducing
    waste. Bottled water is convenient and should always be an option
    among the many beverage choices in stores, but cutting down on
    bottled water in your home is good for your health, good for your
    budget and good for the environment.

    Additional tips to reducing water use and saving money on your
    water bill:

    • run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there's a full
      load
    • turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
    • install a low-flow shower head - or better yet, take a bath,
      which uses less water than a shower

    The actions you take every day can reduce water usage, save you
    money and help the environment. 

     


    By: jfoster

  • What you can do to keep your drinking water and food safe

    More than 8 million Americans have been left without power in
    the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and authorities estimate that it could
    be a week or longer before it is restored. To help protect the
    safety of both food and drinking water,

    Methods of Purifying Water public health
    and safety organization NSF
    International
     provides the following safety tips.

    Both public and private water supplies can be compromised during
    extensive flooding. If you aren't sure about the quality of your
    water supply, don't drink it. There are several ways to purify
    water that may have been contaminated or comes from a questionable
    source: 

    • Boiling water - Will destroy most bacteria, cysts and viruses.
      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
      recommends boiling drinking water for a minimum of two to three
      minutes at a good rolling boil.
    • Liquid (not granular) household bleach - Should be free of
      additives or scents and contain a hypochlorite solution of at least
      5.25 percent. The American Red Cross recommends adding 16 drops of
      bleach per gallon of water and letting the water stand for at least
      30 minutes. If the water doesn't have a slight bleach odor, repeat
      the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes. A filter certified for
      chlorine reduction can be used to reduce excess chlorine.

     Purification tablets - If you have them in your emergency
    kit, be sure to follow the directions on the package. Chemical
    disinfectants are generally effective against most forms of
    bacteria and viruses, but may not kill intestinal parasites
    (cysts), so boiling or filtering for cysts may still be needed.

    Determining if Food in the Refrigerator or Freezer is
    Still Safe

    • Perishable foods such as meat, milk and eggs need to be kept
      refrigerated at or below 40º F.

    Frozen foods need to be kept at or below 0º F. If the
    power is out, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as
    possible. The average refrigerator can usually keep food safely
    cold for about four hours if left unopened. A freezer may hold a
    safe temperature for 24 - 48 hours depending upon its
    fullness.

    • Placing dry or block ice in the freezer or refrigerator can
      help keep foods cold for a longer period.
    • Keep appliance thermometers in the refrigerator and freezer to
      help determine if food is being kept at the correct temperature.
      NSF certified food thermometers can be used to check the
      temperature of individual food items to make sure they haven't
      exceeded 40º F.

    What to Keep and What to Throw Out After a
    Flood

    • Don't rely on appearance or odor to determine if a food product
      is safe - most disease-causing organisms cannot be detected in this
      manner.
    • Discard all food that came in contact with flood waters,
      including canned goods.

    Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby
    bottle nipples and pacifiers as there is no way to safely clean and
    sanitize them.

    • Dishes and cookware that are heat resistant can be washed in a
      certified dishwasher on the sanitizing cycle or washed by hand and
      dipped in a 50 ppm bleach solution.

    When in Doubt, Throw It Out

    Although some may advise that some canned foods may be
    salvageable, it's best not to take chances - just throw them
    away.

    Sanitizing Your Home

    When surfaces in homes are exposed to flood waters, fire or
    other potentially harmful residues, they need to be properly
    cleaned and sanitized. To avoid pushing dirt or bacteria further
    into your home, always start the cleaning process where food is
    prepared and work outward into the rest of the home.

    Surfaces should first be rinsed to remove visible dirt residue,
    then washed with a mixture of hot water and detergent. After
    cleaning, rinse the surface with clean, potable water and allow to
    dry. Sanitizing can be accomplished using a bleach/water mixture or
    other sanitizing agent specifically formulated to kill germs and
    bacteria.

    Proper Hand Washing

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention, the most important thing that you can do to keep from
    getting sick and spreading illness is to wash your hands. While
    hand sanitizers can help kill germs, they are not as effective as
    hand washing at removing dirt and soil.

    Cheryl Luptowski, Home Safety Expert at NSF International says,
    "The most important thing to remember is to play it safe and
    practice these simple tips. Also, if you don't have to go outside,
    then don't."

    Editor's note: To schedule an interview with Luptowski, contact
    Greta Houlahan at houlahan(at)nsf(dot)org or 734-913-5723.

    More information: Additional 
    drinking water
     and 
    food safety
     emergency tips can be found on NSF
    International's website
    .

    About NSF International: NSF International (http://www.nsf.org) has been testing
    and certifying products for safety, health and the environment for
    nearly 70 years. As an independent, public health and safety
    organization, NSF is committed to protecting and improving human
    health on a global scale. NSF protects families by testing and
    certifying thousands of consumer goods each year, including kitchen
    products and appliances, personal care products, dietary and sport
    supplements, bottled water, toys, pool and spa equipment, water
    treatment systems, plumbing fixtures and many other products used
    in homes every day. Look for the NSF
    mark
     on products you purchase.

    Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF is committed to
    protecting families worldwide and is a World Health Organization
    Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor
    Environment. In addition, NSF also and certifies organic food and
    personal care products through Quality Assurance International
    (QAI).

    - originally
    posted by NSF, Ann Arbor, MI, October 30, 2012 (PRWEB)
    -

  • Can drinking water aid in losing weight?

    Contributed by Sean Van Staden

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    Repetitive media and clever marketing have paved the way for
    people to be conditioned into automatically making a choice which
    is not entirely theirs. 

    If I had to ask you to fill the word
    in this sentence: burger, chips and … ? what would you say?



    If you could fill the word in with ease, it is probably already
    too late for you and more than likely you have been mentally
    corrupted. 



    If you added a fourth word like "supersize" then at this precise
    moment you have probably made some fast food franchise cry with
    happiness. 



    Can something so lucid, so pure and so natural be really that good
    for you or is this just another one of those myths or old wives
    tales passed down from generation to generation? Even more
    importantly what is water and how does it benefit me?



    Let's look at some positive facts about water: Water is
    made up of one part oxygen and two parts hydrogen. Oxygen is a key
    ingredient to life on earth and hydrogen is one of the most
    abundant substances on earth.




    Quite frankly who cares?



    What about the fact that your body is made up of between 55% and
    77% of water depending on your size. Now what will happen if I tell
    you that water can help you lose weight? 



    Water is known as being a good universal solvent which
    means substances like salt, sugars, acids and alkalis can easily be
    dissolved. Water helps break down the foods you eat and then takes
    up the nutrients for transport through the
    body. 




    When you don't drink enough water, this can place strain on your
    entire operating system and if you are feeling moody, irritable,
    tired, hungry, have regular headaches, sore joints, this could mean
    that your body is desperately craving and in need of
    water.  



    By knowing that water is a fantastic solvent, it helps flush out
    toxins throughout the body and also helps neutralize the body's PH
    levels. 



    If you are scared of water retention then drink more water, the
    body as a defense mechanism tends to hold onto water because it
    doesn't know when it is going to get its next supply.



    But if you regularly and consistently feed your body with water
    then your body will actually get rid of excess water and water
    retention will be a thing of the past. 



    The amazing properties of water help in aiding to flush
    out toxins, increase bowl movement, aids in food breakdown, helps
    you feel fuller, helps you feel more energetic, allows for better
    mental vitality and because your body needs water to function and
    thus this allows for an increase in your
    metabolism.
     



    By increasing your metabolism your body is burning up more
    calories. All these positive attributes come about through drinking
    sufficient glasses of water. 



    The rule of thumb at Advanced Sports Performance is approximately
    your body weight in water divided by the number of days in a month
    contribute to a better well-being and vibrant you and more
    importantly weight loss. 



    When you know the truth about something, can you afford not to
    heed the advice? And can your body?

    Sean is a sports scientist and
    director of Advanced Sports Performance.

    Follow him on Twitter
    SeanVStaden, contact him on sean@advancedsp.co.za or visit the
    websitewww.advancedsp.co.za

     


    By: jfoster

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