HWM wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017

PermaNET+ water network monitoring system recognised in Innovation category

Utility monitoring specialist HWM has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017.

The Innovation award recognises HWM’s PermaNET+ system, which constantly monitors water networks to detect signs of leakage. Able to detect a problem as soon as it occurs, the system significantly reduces both the size and impact of leaks, reducing damage to the network and saving water.

PermaNET+ was chosen for the largest ever deployment of leak noise detection equipment by Affinity Water. 20,000 units were installed to cover a water network serving over 3.6 million people.

Now in their 51st year, the Queen’s Awards are the UK’s most prestigious industry accolade, celebrating and encouraging business excellence in the UK. The Innovation award is given to companies that have shown outstanding commercial success due to innovation over two years, or continuous commercial success over five years.

Winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise means HWM can now use the official emblem on all publications for five years, showcasing the best of British business.

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BRITA Vivreau’s Vi tap and Bottler – a successful combination

BRITA Vivreau, a global leader in the development and manufacture of purified drinking water systems, has been challenging and
changing the way drinking water is sourced for over 25 years, paving the way for sustainable bottled drinking water.

As pioneers of the Table Water Bottling System, BRITA Vivreau’s key products also include the Vi tap, Vi tap Plus, DDA Module and reusable Designer glass bottles.

BRITA Vivreau is the industry standard for all hospitality and catering environments from corporate headquart
ers and leading hotels to Michelin starred restaurants, and now services the needs of the world’s leading companies including approximately 75% of the top 100 UK companies and many fortune 500 companies.

In recent years, the company has diversified its product range and customer base to include care homes, independent schools and universities.

Schools and universities are under pressure to be more environmental and have less plastic on campus. The University of Indonesia compiles a GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities encompassing 62 categories, including transport, energy and climate change, waste management and education about green issues. This can implicate those universities shirking environmental responsibility. There is also a UK ‘green league’ of universities compiled by People & Planet.

Many, if not most, UK universities now provide conference facilities and catering for meetings including drinking water. The great water bottle debate has raged for many years in terms of plastic vs glass and the evidence is clear; for venues wishing to reduce waste and decrease carbon footprint as part of a CSR plan, offering reusable glass bottles in meetings instead of disposable glass/plass1-vi-side-head-and-neck-close-7tic bottles is a no-brainer. In addition, by offering chilled, filtered water from a self-service dispense point, a campus can encourage students to reuse bottles instead of buying more plastic.

Taste Manchester is The University of Manchester’s delivered hospitality service, offering refreshments, snacks, lunches, buffets, dinners and much more to any location around campus and City Centre Manchester.

Jonathan Minshull, Head of Catering Operations for Taste Manchester decided to invest in a BRITA Vivreau Table Water Bottling System for its conference facilities and a Vi tap in its new café area, Vasaio. Jonathan explains: “We were impressed with the look of the Table Water Bottling System and the Vi tap. We initially conducted a site visit with BRITA Vivreau at the BBC and I was impressed with how it looked. Initially we ordered one bottling system in University Place which is our main conference venue. We then decided to put the Vi tap in a new dedicated café area, Vasaio, for students and staff to have the benefit of a fresh filtered water system on tap.”

The University of Manchester has a very strong environmental policy, with an aim to reduce the amount of plastic on site. Installing BRITA Vivreau products has helped the University achieve this aim. Jonathan continues: “From a sustainability point of view, we’ve reduced the amount of plastic bottles that we have delivered on campus. Our deliveries, storage and recycling have all improved as a result of installing the BRITA Vivreau systems.”

The Table Water Bottling System dispenses unlimited quantities of purified filtered chilled still and sparkling water in-house. Reusable Designer glass bottles are used to serve water and can be branded with a company logo, as well as an environmental message; an excellent extension to existing branding, perfectly suited to any boardroom. Jonathan commented: “The expectation of conference delegates has increased and they now expect to be offered filtered water. Being able to offer the Table Water Bottling System as part of our conference package has been a big plus for us. We have also improved the offer for our conference delegates as the system looks more professional than the plastic bottles that we previously offered.”

BRITA Vivreau’s Vi tap is ideal for use in a self-service situation, dispensing large quantities of chilled still or sparkling water at the touch of a button. Taste Manchester installed the Vi tap in the new Vasaio café area. Jonathan explains: “The Vi tap is located in an open area with a daily footfall of around 3,000. We previously offered tap water, the Vi tap is now offered as self-service for students to be able to fill up their water bottles with chilled filtered water. It’s always working and accessible, it’s now an expectation that filtered water is on tap!”

Jonathan concludes with: “From initial contact through to installation our contact with BRITA Vivreau was very good indeed – our account manager was very professional and supportive and keen to work with us. There have been no issues with the equipment to date.”


Intertek speeds up testing for Legionnaire’s Disease

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider, is supporting both the UK public and private sectors with a faster and more specific test for Legionella, the water-borne bacterium that may cause Legionnaire’s Disease in humans. The test provides results in 24 hours, rather than the standard 10 days.

Legionella bacteria is a common environmental bacterium which naturally inhabits fresh water at low levels. If not properly maintained, modern built water systems provide favourable conditions for Legionella colonization at high levels and this can quickly spread through complex water supply and storage systems. Potential human infection by Legionella bacteria can cause

Legionnaire’s disease, a form of pneumonia which can be fatal in vulnerable groups and, even when treated effectively, can lead to potential life-altering health effects. Legionella bacteria is transmitted by aerosols and minute water droplets, so gives rise to potential infection routes from taps, showers, spa pools and cooling towers making it a major bacterium of concern in buildings such as hospitals, care homes and cooling towers.

To support recent progress in the analysis of Legionella in water, Intertek’s water testing laboratory has expanded its capabilities to include qPCR for Legionella. This gives Intertek the ability to support its clients with 24 hour results for Legionella in water, as opposed to the standard 10-day turnaround time, thereby allowing a rapid reaction to potential outbreaks and to monitor the effectiveness of system cleaning following positive detection.

Dominic Holloway, Intertek UK Water Laboratory Manager said: “An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease can result in the closing of all or part of a hospital, hotel, office block, leisure centre or oil rig as examples, which is not only very disruptive, causing financial and reputational damage to these centres, but more importantly it can also affect human lives. By decreasing our turnaround times, outbreaks can be identified and treated far quicker than before, lessening disruption and reducing risk to life.”

Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 40,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. www.intertek.com


Xion Water Launches in the UK

Xion Water Solutions has officially launched in the UK, and has begun providing high quality water treatment solutions to businesses nationwide.

As the UK’s new innovative water management company, Xion Water Solutions has been founded with the sole purpose to re-stablish that personal, one-to-one relationship with companies who need a high quality customer centric supplier.

With Head Offices based in Peterborough and London, at the heart of some of the UK’s largest market sectors, Xion Water Solutions provide both bespoke and ‘off-the-shelf’ water treatment solutions and services which can cater to those in Food manufacturing, Healthcare, Engineering, Automotive and the Leisure Industry.

Our team have extensive experience in the water treatment sector and take immense pride in demonstrating our core values of teamwork, respect and trust.

“We aim at achieving and maintaining complete customer satisfaction”, comments David Tate, Managing Director.

With economic and customer focused trends now meaning more than ever, Xion Water Solutions are firm believers that these values should be the pinnacle of success and not simply the solution.

As the customer is at the heart of everything, delivering upon expectations and providing high quality treatments underpins the Xion Water ethos.

Despite water management being an element that is vital to many industries, many businesses have voiced their concern at the lack of customer facing support they have received.

A review by Deloitte revealed that over half of 185 global companies in water related sectors have experience negative impacts due to water challenges in the past five years, showing that the water industry is business critical, and needs to be more proactive rather than re-active. 

As the water industry is heavily dominated by many international corporate brands, Xion Water Solutions are making it their mission to become that friendly face that will be with a business every step of the way.


HWM wins Manufacturing Excellence Award

Company achieves right-first-time rates above 98 per cent

Following significant improvements to several areas of its manufacturing process, multi-utility monitoring and telemetry specialist HWM has won a coveted award from parent company Halma. In Halma’s words, the Manufacturing Excellence Award for 2016 “recognises companies where major changes in manufacturing have resulted in sustainable, improved business performance.”

Beating off competition from more than 40 other subsidiaries, HWM took the award thanks to right-first-time pass rates above 98 per cent and on-time deliveries over 95 per cent. The company has standardised product design platforms to reduce work in progress and increase throughput. It has improved its design process, developing novel design validation tests and online test and calibration systems. Achieving ATEX certification has allowed HWM to move into two new markets.

Operations Director Mick Bolton explained: “The whole operation is engaged with continuous improvement – it is now embedded in our daily routine.”

In a separate development, HWM has also received the Halma Innovation Award for 2016 for the PermaNet+ remote leak noise monitoring system. A vote among more than 200 of Halma’s senior executives returned HWM as the winner.

PermaNet+ senses vibration in water distribution networks caused by leaky pipes. The system analyses the acoustic wave signature form produced by the leak sound, decides whether a leak is present and reports the status to a remote user over the GSM network. The remote user can ask for the leak sound file to be transmitted over the network. By listening to and correlating the leak sound a remote expert can conclude whether there is a leak present, exclude the potential for false positives and prioritise field resources.

If two or more PermaNET+ sensors are in leak mode the remote user can request noise waveforms from both sensors and perform remote correlation to conclude that there is a leak and to pinpoint the leak between the two sensor locations.

PermaNet+ is the only system to provide this capability via entirely below-ground architecture, offering customers asset security and the ability to move assets easily.


World Water Week: Vivreau’s Call to Action for Sustainable Water Policies

This year’s World Water Week takes place on 28 August – 02 September 2016 with key experts from across the globe heading to Stockholm to discuss the world’s water issue.

In time for this important event, Vivreau, a global leader and innovator in the development and manufacture of purified drinking water systems, has compiled its top tips for businesses to create sustainable water policies.

Sustainability is at the core of Vivreau’s ethos, with reducing water miles a key objective for Vivreau and its clients.

Stephen Charles, Managing Director at Vivreau comments: “Sustainable growth is high on the agenda for many business leaders. For World Water Week 2016, we call on all businesses to develop an ethical approach to water, ensuring water policy doesn’t harm the environment but instead promotes an exemplary commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Vivreau’s top tips include:

  1. Reusable bottles. Although recycling facilities are available, re-using will always be more efficient than recycling and will provide an immediate and dramatic impact on carbon footprint.
  2. Reduce water miles. Consider where your manufacturer is based in order to reduce the number of miles taken to deliver your water and minimise CO2 emissions.
  3. Instant boiling water. Millions of litres of water are wasted in offices across the globe when kettles are filled to the brim unnecessarily. Instead, consider a system which provides instant boiling water so that only what is needed is used.
  4. Reduce your chiller units. Investing in one central chiller unit instead of multiple individual units around the building can be up to 45% more cost effective and up to 55% more energy efficient.
  5. Get staff buy-in. Communicate to staff the positive implications of your company’s approach to workplace hydration. Staff pride in working for an environmentally friendly firm will increase, which will in turn improve the company’s reputation and CSR credentials.

Many facilities managers have decided to invest in Vivreau’s products in order to make these top tips a reality.

The products suit a range of business settings, including the care sector. Lindsay Forrest, site facilities manager for Jewish Care, partnered with Vivreau and invested in 21 Vi tap drinking water systems across seven of its care homes. The Vi tap dispenses mains-fed purified chilled still, sparkling and instant boiling hot water from one single tap with a touch sensor control and zero splash. She explains: “You have considerable challenges with environmental policy for a care home. As people get older they do require more heating which uses up more energy than your average home would. We have to have certain levels of lighting for people with dementia and visual impairment.

“We now have no deliveries of bottles of water coming in, therefore no wasted plastic or glass. With the Vi tap, the correct amount of water is dispensed; we are no longer wasting energy by boiling more water than we need or having to run the tap to wait for it to get cold.

“The Vi tap helps compensate the extra heating and lighting we need to provide for our residents – it helps relieve our environmental impact without compromising the wellbeing of our residents.”

Sustainable water is increasingly a demand in the hospitality sector. Jonathan Minshull, Head of Catering Operations for Taste Manchester wanted to meet the changing expectations of conference delegates. He decided to invest in a Vivreau Table Water Bottling System for its conference facilities and a Vi tap in its new café area, Vasaio. The mains-fed Table Water Bottling System, which dispenses unlimited quantities of purified filtered chilled still and sparkling water in-house, that can be served in branded reusable Designer glass bottles. Jonathan explains: “The expectation of conference delegates has increased and they now expect to be offered filtered water. Being able to offer the Table Water Bottling System as part of our conference package has been a big plus for us. We have also improved the offer for our conference delegates as the system looks more professional than the plastic bottles that we previously offered.”

Moreover, the Swan at Streatley hotel has the Table Water Bottling System and the Vi tap Plus. General Manager Michael Westenbrink, says: “We wanted to widen our offering for our customers, and provide an alternative to bottled water. Vivreau was coming on to the market, so we tested the system, thought it was a great quality offering and decided to use it. The impact on deliveries is substantial – we’ve now gone a step further and don’t have any bottled water on site at all.”

Vivreau was founded in the late 1980s as a family business. Vivreau has established its position as a global market leader by providing the highest quality mains-fed drinking water dispensers and consistently excellent service.

Today, Vivreau is part of the Brita Group and continues to lead the way with new technology, improved water filtration and product development accommodating a range of drinking water dispensers unrivalled across the world.

For more information, please visit www.vivreau.co.uk.


Making Drinking Water More Accessible With Vivreau’s DDA Module

It’s been 11 years since the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was first introduced, so Facilities Managers will be well versed in the Building Regulations which require reasonable provision to be made for access to a building and the use of facilities within it.

With over 10 million people in the UK registered as disabled, implementing the latest accessible facilities is an important consideration for today’s FM. With every business under pressure to comply with regulation and provide advanced facilities that meet the needs of all building users, it’s up to FMs to stay ahead of the game.

Measures may already have been put in place to assist disabled building users such as wheelchair ramps, braille signs, hearing loops, light alerts etc. However, simple things like being able to get a glass of water will make the difference between a disabled building user feeling included and provided for, or not.

The provision of drinking water comes under the ‘using facilities’ section of the Building Regulations/DDA guidance note which states that all facilities should be provided from the main floor and popular products should be made available on a mid-height shelf.

It is therefore vital for Facilities Managers to consider drinking water systems in terms of DDA and in order to assist with this mission, Vivreau launched the DDA Module to work with its Vi tap drinking water system.

Vivreau is part of the BRITA group. The company manufactures award winning drinking water systems from its base just outside London and boasts a client list that includes Michelin starred restaurants, five star hotels and a host of large corporate offices.

Innovation has been at the heart of Vivreau’s ethos since its humble beginnings in the early 1990s. The Vi tap was created to address the issue of efficiency, and is capable of dispensing instant boiling hot and cold still and sparkling perfectly filtered water at the touch of a button, all from one beautifully-designed tap.

Possessing sleek aesthetics to complement technologically advanced functions, it is suitable for a range of outlets and establishments due to its small footprint. Robust enough to deal with high demand, with an energy saving option and zero splash, the Vi tap is an asset of efficiency for the busy FM.

Incorporating high performance ice bank refrigeration, the Vi tap is capable of delivering high quantities of chilled water per hour. The high spec boiler can also produce up to four cups of water per minute at over 95 degrees, the perfect temperature for tea! There is even an intelligent safety feature on the Vi tap which prevents boiling water from being dispensed by accident.
Vivreau’s DDA Module has been created to complement the Vi tap, to address the needs of a variety of different types of customer within self-service operations, from cafes and coffee shops to conference centres and the workplace. The module has been designed for ease of use to gain access to the drinking water provision primarily from, but not limited to, a wheelchair location.

The module is installed remotely from the Vi tap system and mounted at the most convenient position for use, to enable the user to safely access drinking water without having to reach over the appliance or boiling water dispense point. It can be mounted on a wall or the front of or underneath the worktop – the position of the module can be decided following a thorough feasibility study undertaken by the FM before installation.

Once installed, customers will be able to place their glass, cup or mug on the drip tray before selecting their dispense option from the DDA Module. The still or sparkling, boiling or chilled water will then pour until the button is released.

Providing facilities which enables all users to access water independently to hydrate can make a big difference to the day to day life for those living with disabilities.

Installing the DDA Module alongside Vivreau’s Vi tap or Vi tap Plus will position the businesses as not only DDA aware but also supportive of the needs of disabled users. The satisfaction of disabled building users will undoubtedly increase as a result of implementing the DDA Module by offering self-service drinking water provision for those that would otherwise have to be waited on by others.

In addition to DDA considerations, the Vi tap is also hygienic, promoting a healthier workplace. Hygiene has been at the heart of each stage of the design process, from the dirt free touch pad, purposefully shallow drip tray (because your drinking water dispenser is not a sink) and the ability to fill water bottles without nozzle contact (no more bottle germs), to the removable dispense nozzle for cleaning.

Implementing changes such as installing new equipment requires organisational commitment and FM’s have the opportunity to make a substantial difference by pitching inclusive equipment as a priority.


Minimise Water launches complete water engineering services solution

As water deregulation approaches, many organisations are taking a closer look at their water management systems and finding that, while compliant, they are inefficient and out of line with their ambitions to drive down operational costs and improve sustainable performance.

Minimise Water has developed a comprehensive range of engineering services to help organisations reduce water usage, meet compliance and minimise both water and energy costs.

From fully design-specified turnkey solutions to single equipment sales, Minimise Water works with estate, plant and facilities managers to provide strategic advice and deliver effective answers to engineering-based water problems.

The service can be tailored to meet specific requirements and covers a range of water pre-treatment solutions including: water softening; iron removal and reverse osmosis; and cooling system and boiler water treatments such as solid chemical dosing and remote monitoring. A wide range of domestic water treatment solutions, including chlorine dioxide dosing systems and solid chlorine dosing, and all aspects of Legionella Risk Assessment can also be specified.

All projects are preceded by a comprehensive site survey and costed recommendations report. Subsequent works are completed by Minimise Water’s experienced in-house team. On-going evaluation, measurement and maintenance can be provided as part of a continuous engineering services solution.

Through this process, Minimise Water frequently identifies problems or issues before they arise, helping to reduce future risk and maintenance costs as well as extending the lifecycle of equipment.

Minimise Water works with clients from a wide range of market sectors including hospitals and healthcare, food and drink manufacturing, industrial and engineering, automotive, facilities management and pharmaceutical.

The engineering services solution has already been used within the leisure and manufacturing sectors; in one instance the team recommended, designed and delivered a new iron removal plant to increase treated bore extraction. This project helped increase production by 40%.

“Streamlining and improving water-based engineering systems and processes represents a huge cost saving opportunity for UK organisations,” said Rob Denny, Commercial Director of Minimise Water.

“Progressive businesses are already starting to investigate new options, in the same way that they’ve done previously with energy. Our remit is to make it easier for them to achieve this and maximise return on investment.”

For more information, visit www.minimisegroup.com


World Water Day

Since 1993 on March 22nd World Water Day has brought focus to the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of fresh water sources with changing themes each year; this year it’s ‘water and jobs’.

Vivreau, a global leader and innovator in the development and manufacture of purified drinking water systems, understands the importance of hydration in the workplace.

There are many benefits of ensuring staff are hydrated at work, including improved concentration and combating fatigue among many other physical benefits, which can improve overall health in the workplace.

Stephen Charles, Managing Director at Vivreau explains: “Hydration can be easily overlooked in the workplace. However, having a hydrated and healthy workforce can improve overall productivity. Facilities managers play an integral role when it comes to deciding how water is made available, making it accessible and appealing.”

Dehydration in the workplace is not uncommon in the UK and can result in staff suffering from headaches, fatigue, dizziness and many other unpleasant symptoms, all of which can have an impact on health, productivity and even personal safety at work. Research has shown that losing just 2% of water from your body (on average consisting of 60%) can reduce cognitive (mental) performance. Therefore, it is in every employers’ interest to ensure that staff are well hydrated and that is where building and facilities managers can really make a difference.

To avoid dehydration in the workplace, Vivreau suggests the following top four hydration tips:

  1. Ensure that water is readily available in hot and dry environments – dehydration is often caused by temperature control systems speeding up moisture evaporation.
  2. Drink fluids cooler than room temperature – water is the healthiest way to hydrate in comparison to other drinks, as it contains no calories or sugar.
  3. Encourage staff to drink at regular intervals throughout the day, regulating hydration levels, allowing for one glass of water for every cup of tea or coffee.
  4.  Offer fruit for staff to infuse still water and offer sparkling water for those who may need some encouragement.

Whilst it is perfectly safe to drink tap water in the UK, many consider filtered water to contain fewer impurities, especially in some parts of the UK which have ‘hard’ water that can be unpleasant to drink, whilst others simply prefer the taste of filtered water.

However, drinking bottled water is not without consequences, the UK spends over £2billion a year on bottled water; getting through approximately 15 million plastic bottles a day.

LA has recently made a bold decision which could pave the way for the future of sustainable hydration, introducing a ban on plastic water bottles in the city. Using plastic bottles increases carbon footprint up to 30 times more than tap water and costs up to 500 times more; there has therefore never been a better time to make significant changes in how water is made available.

Sustainability is at the core of Vivreau’s ethos and with it innovative and sustainable products, Vivreau has helped many organisations reduce their carbon footprint whilst promoting a healthier workplace.

One sustainable solution to making purified water readily available to all staff is the Vi tap from Vivreau. The Vi tap dispenses mains-fed purified chilled still, sparkling and instant boiling hot water from one single tap with a touch sensor control and zero splash. The sparkling option is perfect for those who consider water to be a dull beverage.

Stephen Charles, Managing Director at Vivreau explains: Awareness surrounding the importance of employee wellbeing and personal health in the workplace continues to grow. The Vi tap is one of many sustainable solutions we offer to keep staff hydrated and healthy. Providing the option of still or sparking also makes staying hydrated more appealing.

Springer Nature a leading global research, educational and professional publishers installed one Table Water Bottling System and 30 Vi tap systems throughout their UK headquarters in London.

John Haskell, Contracts Manager at Springer Nature commented: “I would say that the Vi tap system is one of the most used items of equipment that we have on the premises. With the proximity of the Vi tap, staff are constantly topping up their bottles and taking them back to their desks, so they rehydrate on a regular basis.”

Keeping staff hydrated can be key to health and productivity in the workplace and ensuring that water is readily available is a fantastic way to encourage staff to stay healthy in your facility.


Safety, speed and efficiency on tap

When it comes to the provision of drinking water in commercial kitchens, the key considerations for facilities managers should be health and safety, speed and efficiency. Jon Cockburn, head of marketing at Heatrae Sadia, explains more.

Although workplace catering facilities vary in size and type, they all require boiling drinking water. Traditionally, boiling water has been delivered via kettles or urns, but these solutions do not always offer safety, speed or efficiency – which is not good news for facilities managers.

Kettles and urns full of boiling water can be knocked over, trailing cables can be damaged and kettle users can be scalded by water spilling from the appliance, or by steam.

It is also time-consuming to continually fill a kettle or urn and wait for it to boil. This can be frustrating, especially in busy working environments where breaks can be few and far between.

There is also energy efficiency to consider. If an urn is filled and boiled, but not all of the boiling water is used, the excess hot water will lose heat through the insufficiently insulated tank, translating into massive energy wastage. According to an Energy Saving Trust report, 75 per cent of people boil more water than they need, and overfilling kettles costs British households £68 million on energy bills a year. We believe that workplace kettles are also overfilled – costing the commercial sector millions.

In light of the drawbacks of kettles and urns, in recent years we’ve seen increased demand for plumbed in boiling water units. Permanently connected to the cold water mains, electric boiling water units provide a constant supply of hot water, which can be used for multiple purposes, from making hot drinks to cooking vegetables. With varying capacities being available, they are suitable for any environment, from small office kitchens to larger workplace canteens.

Traditional boiling water products were quite industrial in appearance and operation, but the introduction of the boiling water ‘tap’ – widely regarded as a stylish kitchen accessory – has opened up the market even further.

Our easy-to-install, five litre capacity Aquatap is based on our market leading Supreme boiling water product, and includes similar built-in safety features and the same Intelliboil™Plus technology, but has a more stylish ‘hot tap’ design.

In workplace kitchens, hot taps like Aquatap are ideal for quickly making hot drinks, and for preparing instant snacks and soups. In larger commercial catering environments, such as canteens and restaurant kitchens, having boiling water literally on tap can save chefs huge amounts of time when blanching or cooking vegetables or preparing stock, sauces, rice, pasta or couscous, and making hot drinks also becomes quicker and easier.

Boiling water units are also safer than kettles and urns; securely mounted onto a wall or counter top, they can’t be knocked over and any steam produced in the boiling cycle is condensed and retained within the unit.

Importantly, boiling water units are also energy efficient, delivering the amount of water required on demand and replacing it as it is used. Our Intelliboil™Plus technology effectively and efficiently manages the boiling cycle by regularly bringing the contents of the water container to the boil in response to ongoing user demand. A ‘temperature ready’ LED indicator advises when Aquatap is ready for use.

Based on an environment of 15 people requiring four hot drinks a day, we estimate that the daily running costs of Aquatap is £6.96 lower than a kettle, which translates to a saving of £1,670 per year. For a commercial kitchen, the savings could therefore be much higher.

The other benefit of hot taps is that there is usually the option to have cold drinking water delivered from the same unit. Over recent years there’s been increased emphasis on drinking an adequate amount of water to remain sufficiently hydrated, with dehydration contributing to headaches, tiredness and irritability, as well as serious health problems. Studies have also suggested that water increases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to the brain, improving concentration and mental performance.

Some facilities managers opt for bottled water coolers, but this can be expensive and involves a lot of maintenance in terms of replacing and storing the relatively large, heavy bottles. In addition, bottled water in general has come under scrutiny in recent years, in terms of its environmental impact and whether plastic water bottles actually harbour potentially harmful bacteria.

UK drinking water is of the highest standard, has a record level of quality and is the most stringently tested in the world. However, tap water can be poor tasting and warm – which can discourage people from drinking it.   So, a good solution is to chill and filter mains water via economical plumbed-in units.

We offer the SuperChill chilled water unit, and Aquatap is designed to deliver refreshing chilled or ambient water in addition to boiling water; there are boiling only, boiling/chilled and boiling/ambient versions available.

An increasing number of facilities managers are beginning to appreciate the benefits that instant boiling and chilled water products provide, whether the organisation they work for has a small kitchen or large catering facilities. Call 01603 420 220 or visit www.heatraesadia.com for further information.