Singapore is a highly built-up and developed nation, unfortunately due to the high population and ideal hot & humid environment, allows for mosquitoes to breed and flourish. Compound to that with constant renovations ongoing island-wide and rainy weather, small pools of stagnant water are bound to exist and give more breeding spots for mosquitoes!
Hence the government regularly encourages doing the Mozzie Wipeout to help eliminate all potential breeding grounds for new mosquitoes!
The 5-step Mozzie Wipeout as follows:
• Turn the pail
• Tip the vase
• Flip the flowerpot plate
• Loosen the hardened soil
• Clear the roof gutter and place insecticide
BUT! what about existing mosquitoes that fly around and suck our blood? Theres a better way to do so now and protect your family and homes!
Introducing the Starlight Mosquito Lamp, this lamp is able to attract flying insects such as mosquitoes and moths by the usage of a specific light frequency that will attract insects towards it. This phenomenon is called Phototaxis where insects are drawn to a light source.
For mosquitoes, being really weak fliers, the strong suction fan that is inside the Starlight Lamp will quickly suck the mosquitoes lurking around the lamp into the trap zone where the mosquitoes will be trapped and die.
In the past we have covered topics like saying NO to plastic bottles in which we talk about how the cost of plastic bottles is severely inflated compared to the water used to fill it and in this post which we talk about the growing plastic waste problem, we talk about how because of the increase usage of plastics in our daily lives, we are creating an ever increasing mess of microplastic pollution which would take literally centuries to break down.
Now, latest research by Orb Media shows that almost all brands of plastic bottles contain some level of unwanted microplastic including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Tests at the State University of New York revealed a global average of 10.4 plastic particles per litre, that is for particles the size of 100 micron (the thickness of a human hair is about 75 microns). When tested further for particles smaller than 100 micron, the number shoots up to about 314.6 particles per litre.
These findings show that if a human consumes about 1 litre per day from bottled water, this person may be consuming up to tens of thousands of microplastic per year.
So the big question remains is what would the consumption of untold amounts of microplastic do to your body? Science currently is uncertain due to the problem being relatively new first world problem. What little research that has been done on microplastic in seafood has shown that these microplastic can act as carriers by adsorbing and concentrating chemicals present in the environment that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic, known as PBT compounds. This means, on top of harm caused by the microplastic particle itself, harmful chemicals can be carried and released inside the body. Granted, this is estimates by scientists on the effects of microplastic in seafood but by and large humans will get similarly affected.
The best method hence to stop one way of microplastic finding their way into a regular intake for humans is to avoid using bottled water when possible. Getting a Water Purifier would be an excellent first step in helping you make the right decision and reduce reliance on bottled water. With purified water available 24/7, you would be purchasing less bottled water and treating your body right!
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PuriSource – Simplicity at its best!
Announcing our latest product addition to the family!
Tami PuriSource is a highly advanced simple system that combines the best of filtration methods!
Purisource Filtration System
You’re reading that right, we managed to combine and squeeze all that technology into a small unit, Tami PuriSource!
It comes with an ceramic filtration which helps neutralize and does a prefiltration of the incoming water where particulates and large particles are removed. An Activated carbon filter then balances out the pH of the water, and removes any chlorine and chemical contamination in the water.
The final step is a hollow fibre ultrafiltration membrane which removes bacteria and viruses in the water! This allows the water to be free from bacteria and viruses!
Never worry about your filter lifespan, the PuriSource comes with its own built-in flow meter that will keep track of the water usage and alert you when it’s time to replace the filter. Replacement of the filter is also really simple and anyone can do the replacement!
The unit has a lifespan of about 4000 gallons!!
So we have to ask
Purisource is easily installed onto your home taps and all purchase will come with a set of universal fittings that should fit most taps in the market.
Arsenic is often found in many countries often those that rely heavily on groundwater for their water supply. As the groundwater table drops, Arsenic which is found naturally in the earth, gets oxidized and released into the water stream. This causes arsenic levels to increase and adding on the pollution from Man and other sources such as volcanic eruptions or landslides; these all cause arsenic to be released into the water we drink.
Asxban Technologies, sister company to Tami Systemtenik was established 5 years ago with the goal of providing the world with affordable solutions to remove Arsenic and Fluoride from drinking water. In the past 2 years we have greatly expanded our range of products to apply our solutions to all scenarios in the world. Often it is the developing countries that need more solutions as they are more poorly able to support themselves, both financially and technologically.
Gradually more local authorities in the areas affected are looking to providing solutions to their people so as to better provide and care for them. Providing better water will also result in less productivity loss as health increases in the area.
Recently our local partner in India has won the local state tender to supply 214 sites with our Community Filters to filter and remove away toxic levels of arsenic, fluoride in the water. In the past 2 months, the local team has been hard at work installing and testing all locations for the levels in arsenic fluoride and iron and found great success!
With a compact size of just 30(W) x 35(D) x 33(H) cm, this perfect office water purifier be able to fit into most tiny pantries that most offices have these days. It is able to dispense Hot water, Cold Water and ambient water all in 1 unit, and it does it all at a touch of a button, crystal clear healthy drinking water.
The water dispensed from the MiniPro, goes through a 3 stage filtration process which refines and cleans the water so that every drop that you drink will be free from bacteria and healthy for your body. First the water undergoes a 2 stage activated carbon filtration, which removes away any turbidity in the water, rust, dirt, sand, which may get in the water from old water tanks or old pipes. Activated carbon also removes away many other foreign contaminants which you can read over here, such as chlorine and other chemicals.
After which, the filtered water which is free from chlorine and contaminants, goes through a UV sterilization process which kills the DNA of any bacteria or virus in the water, without adding in external elements. This enables a purification of the water without using any harmful chemicals like chlorine yet still maintaining the bactericidal efficiency of the unit, giving clean drinking water!
Reserve your very own Tami MiniPro today and get this powerhouse of a water purifier for your office!
*Pre-orders now available and call us at 67429558 to enquire on additional available discounts!*
In today’s age of abundance in Singapore, one can never imagine a time where there is no water flowing from our taps, but such a scenario has indeed happened, back in 1963, Singapore underwent emergency water rationing, water access was cut for 6 hours 4 times a week! We had to rely mostly on imported water from Malaysia which drew its water supply from the river sources that it had, hence when a severe drought hit the entire region, rainfall was greatly reduced and lowered the supply of water.
Through the various water agreements signed between Singapore and Malaysia since, Singapore has managed to secure more stable water sources by branching out to other forms of water sources. Hence by relying less on imported water, Singapore by and large has managed to avoid history repeating itself when in more recent times Malaysia underwent water rationing when massive droughts hit again due to the global warming and climate change.
Thus is the problem when relying too heavily on nature to provide clean water, Singapore has created what is now called the Four National Taps to support the current water usage of up to 430 million gallons per day
Imported water from the Linggiu Reservoir in Johor allows Singapore to draw a maximum of 250 million gallons per day and can support up to 60% of Singapore water needs if required, however the agreements will expire in 2061.
Singapore has up to 17 various water catchment areas created from the various rivers and reservoirs, but despite the limited land, water catchment will increase to 90% of the land area through excellent engineering and water direction.
NEWater, a key pillar in the recycling of limited water in Singapore, takes used water and treats it with high grade membrane filters and other treatment technologies to provide ultra-clean water that is safe for consumption. NEWater is able to support up to 40% of Singapore water needs and by 2060, provide up to 55% of water required!
Desalination, technology which is commonly applied in many countries surrounded with an excess of seawater is also used in the supply of water in Singapore, currently there are 2 fully operational desalination plants with another 2 by 2020. It will be able to supply up to 30% of Singapore needs by 2060, by which time there will be more new technologies that surely can boost water recovery!
Through the combination of these 4 taps, Singapore water supply is stable and sufficient.
Growing Plastic Waste
In Singapore, 822,200 tonnes of plastic waste was generated in 2016, with a measly 7% recycling rate, as reported by the National Environment Agency. Due to the complexities of plastic, recycling is often hard and inefficient leading to majority of the plastics that you throw to be disposed in a landfill.
Singapore with the land scarcity that we face, should do everything we can to reduce this unnecessary wastage.
Imagine with every 100 bottles that is drunk and disposed, only 7 can be recycled. That is an astonishing figure and we should all do our part.
Here is why you should avoid plastic bottles which are a significant part of plastic waste
Why do we need to filter our water?
Water is a part of the very basic needs for survival and water is such that it is amazingly good at dissolving other things. You would see this in action when adding salt to water or as water erodes away shorelines. Water is never gone from the earth and the same water that you are drinking may very well be the same water that dinosaurs drank!
So water may be contaminated from external sources such as pesticides, pollution or even from the corroding of old pipes which will leach particles of iron, copper or others. which is why sometimes the water may taste weird or metallic. Through filtration, we are able to remove all unwanted foreign contamination to ensure the water you drink is clean and healthy.
So how do filters work?
Filters work primarily through 2 means, either physical or chemical filtration.
Physical filtration is simply like a sieve, where particles larger than a certain size is removed physically. A basic example of a physical filter is using polypropylene filters or string wound filters. These are considered pre-filters, and their role is to handle the basic filtration to extend the lifespan of the finer filters located after this process. As their purpose is to catch particles, they would be required to be replaced at a much faster rate as compared to the chemical filters, but are also a lot more affordable.
Chemical filtration is through the use of an activated media, to chemically absorb or adsorb the unwanted ions onto the surface of the media. This can be through Activated Carbon, which will absorb chlorine and other chemicals in the water, removing foul taste and odour causing compounds. Activated Carbon filters are usually installed in concurrent with a pre-filter, especially if the water quality is poor. This is enable the Activated Carbon to focus on chemical removal without particles blocking the surface of the filter.
Other forms of filtration methods
Ion exchange is most commonly used to ‘soften’ water, where a high presence of certain minerals can cause the water to be ‘hard’. Ion exchange does an exchange of ions within the ion resin and the water, releasing and adsorbing the ions that the resin is meant to be used against.
Osmosis is the natural phenomenon where if 2 liquids are separated with a semi-permeable membrane and 1 liquid is more concentrated than the other, the less concentrated liquid will flow into the more concentrated liquid to create a balance. Reverse Osmosis is the process of applying pressure to reverse the flow such that all the water in the concentrated solution will be forced out. This process is used especially in desalination or highly contaminated water, where water can be purified by this method.
It is an excellent method of filtration, however, it requires high electricity consumption to generate the pressure, and also wastes a lot of water, due to the rejection of high concentrated salt solution which can be a problem also. Another issue with Reverse Osmosis is that the process will remove all concentrated salts including all essential minerals, leaving the output with a lack of minerals. Having water too pure is not suitable for human consumption
Distillation is the process of boiling water, then capturing the steam and condensing it. It is a good method when other treatment are not available, but can waste unnecessary energy and water.
What is Activated Carbon?
Activated carbon is made from Carbon, highly porous adsorptive medium that has a complex structure giving it a very high surface area. This complex structure is formed by “activating” the carbon chips (coconut shell, peat, hard and soft wood, lignite coal, bituminous coal, olive pits and various carbonaceous specialty materials), this process is done by heating the carbon material in a vacuum oven, where heat of 1,800 degrees ‘cooks’ the carbon which forms little pores and pockets which greatly increases its surface area.
What is Adsorption?
Adsorption is the description of the process which the adsorbent – Activated Carbon, attracts and attaches or sticks atoms/ions/molecues to its surface from a gaseous/liquid solution medium. Due to the high surface area and porosity of activated carbon, that is the reason why activated carbon is so favoured when filtering water or air is required.
What are some contaminants that Activated Carbon removes?