Proper Hydration for Fitness

A new year and a healthy new you. That’s always the goal, right? This year, you’ll reach it. Sometimes it just takes a little advice from the experts to get you on track.


Luckily, Aqua had the chance to get some health and hydration tips from fitness expert Juliet Burgh, Vice President and Nutrition Director at Unite Fitness. Follow her hydration tips, and you’ll tackle your New Year’s resolution in no time!




1. Why is it important to stay hydrated while working out?


Hydration helps to support your entire system while working out. It will keep your muscles from cramping and will cool your body down, allowing you to work longer and harder.



2. How much and how often should the average person drink water?


The average person should make sure they are drinking at least half their body weight in ounces of water a day and an extra 16 ounces per hour of exercise.  



3. Is drinking water better than drinking a sports drink? Why or why not?


Yes, 100 percent. Those sugary drinks will make your blood sugar crash and will not fully hydrate you. They’ll actually make you thirstier at times. Sports drinks do have their place as a way to replenish salt, sugar and potassium ratios, but this is only for someone who is training for endurance (over 90 minutes at a time).



4. What effect does proper hydration have on recovery after working out?


It helps your body flush out toxins, which can build up in your body. It helps your muscles to recover and heal, as well as your organs to function properly.



5. Can proper hydration before working out help give you a boost at the gym?


Yes. You will feel more energized and limber if your body is properly hydrated. Muscles will not feel as stiff, which will allow you to have a better workout.


There you have it from the pros. Better hydration = better workouts, and a better you! Make water a part of the plan when you put your 2015 New Year’s resolution into action and make this year the year you stick to it! You can start by filling up a bottle and hitting the gym.  


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Prevent Frozen Pipes and Fix Leaks this Winter

January 4, 2018 – Don’t let Mother Nature or aging pipes wreak havoc on your home this winter. About 250,000 homes are severely damaged from burst, cracked or frozen water pipes each year – which is why it is essential to take precautions and fix leaks around your home. 

Toilets and faucets are the biggest culprits for leaks. Not only can they waste water, they can increase your water bill if they go undetected. To check for leaks, shut off all your faucets and appliances that use water. Read your meter, then read it again 20 minutes later. If your reading has changed, you have a leak.

If the temperature outside drops to about 10 degrees, you are also at risk for frozen pipes. Check out the video below and follow Fred Wags and Felicia Fluff as they show you around the Aqua house and teach you how to prevent frozen pipes.


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5 Water Stories of 2014

Happy holidays! After nearly 365 days of 2014, we reflect on some of the biggest stories of the year in the world of water.

The Polar Vortexes

The beginning of 2014 brought a slew of polar vortexes to many of our service states, where crews worked around the clock to repair broken mains and customer service representatives worked tirelessly to help customers prevent frozen pipes. The jaw-dropping cold even brought viral videos of people pouring out boiling water and it freezing on contact with the frigid air.

 Ice Bucket Challenge

One of the most heartwarming stories of the year, the ice bucket challenge drew international attention to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The campaign organized by the ALS Association went viral on social media from July to August and raised a total of $115 million in funding. 


Image via Flickr user Global Panorama

World's Largest Water Slide

On July 10, 2014, a Kansas City water park opened Verrückt (German for “crazy”), the world's tallest and fastest water slide. The water slide offers a plunge that is further than one off Niagara Falls and could rip the swim trunks right off of you. If you love water just as much as we do and enjoy being 168 feet off the ground and traveling at 40 to 50 miles per hour, this might be your favorite story!

Clear Frozen Lake 

A more recent story that went viral on the web captured two hikers in Slovakia appearing to walk on water. Watching the video more, viewers will see that the hikers aren't magicians but just walking on a crystal clear frozen lake. A little late to the 2014 party, but stunning enough to make the cut! 

40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

It might not be a story that went viral or made users “oooh” and “aaah,” yet celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act is a big milestone in US history. The act passed by Congress in 1974 protects public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. Of all the water stories in 2014, we raise a glass and toast to tap!

Image via US Water Alliance 

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanza, Aqua wants to wish you and yours a very happy holiday. Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends celebrating the company of each other, reflecting on years past and planning for the years ahead. 


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What We're Thankful For

It's that time of year again! 
As we all sit around the dinner table for Thanksgiving with family and friends to recognize what we are most thankful for, the Aqua team would like to thank the people who make clean and accessible water a possibility: our employees. Their dedication to their trade helps build a stronger and more reliable water infrastructure and a closer bond with the customers we serve.
With winter weather approaching, our crews will work tirelessly to respond to emergencies and ensure water service through even the harshest of polar vortexes. We are thankful for our employees' hard-work and daily commitment to excellent service in some times unpredictable conditions, long hours and plenty of service requests.
Whether you work in the lab, at a call center, or out in the field, we can not thank you enough for your work. Happy Thanksgiving! 
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Diary of an Aqua Water Drop: Chloe (Groundwater Treatment)

Starting at the Source

Hey! It’s me, Chloe the Aqua Water Drop! As a groundwater water drop, my life has seen some big changes lately. The other day my boyfriend Phil and I were cuddling when all of a sudden we were being pumped from our underground well home. Phil is totally clingy and holding me back. Lots of my water droplet friends who have left the underground always told me dirt and water couples never work out, so I know what I must do. I say to Phil, “I’ll never let go in my heart, Phillip,” and I let go. 


Custom Pre-Treatment  

So, after I let go of Phil, I’m being pumped through a pipe and suddenly I’m above ground in this cavernous tank. I look over and what do you know, Phil floats on by. I can’t tell if he’s crying or if it’s all the water on his face, but he doesn’t seem too happy about our breakup. As I try to decide whether to talk to him or not, a whoosh comes through the pre-treatment tank and he’s permanently filtered from my life. It was the ion-exchange filtration that did him in. What was I supposed to do?



As I’m floating along, newly single, Patty the Pathogen swims over to me because she saw the whole thing and is always getting into every water drop’s business. “I saw what you did,” she scolded me, “He loved you! And you just let go of him like he was a piece of dirt!” Finally Patty and I land in another tank when suddenly a swarm overcomes us. It’s a brigade of chlorine. One swims right up to Patty and suddenly she’s gone. That’s the good thing about chlorine, they’ll eliminate the toxic pathogens in a water drop’s life.


Custom Post-Treatment

With Patty and Phil in my past, I’m in love again and this time it’s so much better than that dirtball Phil. His name is Chris and he’s a strong and kind water drop. When I’m with Chris, I feel like I am whole and we’re always holding hands. It’s like we’re connected at the molecular level. He never loses me through additional filtration systems like Phil did. We’ve been making lots of other water drop friends during our journey. We even started taking some classes of substance at Custom Post Treatment Tank University, learning how to control corrosion in the water pipes we’ll travel in during our trip to our forever home. After all, the key to a successful water drop relationship is a stable infrastructure.


Storage and Distribution

For the past few days we’ve been hanging out in the paradise other water drops are calling the water tank. Chris and I splash around all day in the tank waiting for the big call, like all the other water drops, waiting for our forever home. We talk about the future and where we want to end up; a pool, a glass of water, a water heater – anything without dirt or harmful pathogens.

That’s all for me for now! Me and Chris are enjoying our time in storage until it’s time for distribution. And who knows -- maybe someday we’ll end up in your home!

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