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A Quick Guide to Water Features

If you’re looking for a feature piece for your garden, then a water feature is a popular option. But you should consider the pros and cons of installing a water feature before you make this decision. Are they wasteful when it comes to using water? Read on to find out more about adding a water feature to your home and garden.

Why install a water feature?

Water features are typically added to a garden for their aesthetic appeal, creating a point of interest that livens up the area. They also add a sense of peacefulness and tranquillity to your garden. As you relax in the sun or enjoy a drink in your backyard, the constant sound of trickling water in the background can be soothing and almost zen-like.

And with such a wide range of options available for water features, you can find one that you like and that suits the space you have available, from large waterfall features to smaller fountains. Water features can also attract certain wildlife to your garden, so you might want a water feature if you like the idea of looking out of your window to see small birds splashing around in it.

Do water features waste water?

If you’re focused on conserving water at home, then you might wonder if adding a water feature is a bad idea. But the truth is that most water features are already fairly conservative when it comes to water use as they continuously recirculate the water. As long as your feature is well-maintained and, therefore, isn’t leaking water at any point of the system, the only water they lose is through evaporation and sometimes through splash depending on the intensity of the water flow.

The fact is that a slowly dripping faucet in your kitchen will waste much more water than a water feature. But what about other potential downsides of water features to consider? We’ve already mentioned the attraction to some wildlife such as birds, but your water feature may also attract unwanted pests, particularly bugs.

Water features also come with added expense, particularly the cost of maintaining them when parts become worn over time and need repairing or replacing. You will need to regularly clean your water feature and perhaps also the water itself using chemicals, top up the water lost due to evaporation, and clear out leaves and other debris that build up in the feature.

We want to make it easier for you to conserve water while still having easy access to fresh, great-tasting water. Get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our bottled water delivery service or to order a water dispenser and other accessories.

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Electrolytes and Hydration

You might see electrolytes mentioned on sports drinks or expensive bottled water, but what exactly are they and do you really need them to stay hydrated? Let’s look at some of the facts and theories behind electrolytes and hydration.

What are electrolytes?

An electrolyte is a particle that carries an electric charge and can conduct electricity when combined with water. In this context, we’re talking about essential minerals, such as sodium and potassium, that allow things like our muscle tissues and nerve cells to function properly. They are necessary to allow our muscles to contract and our nerves to send signals.

Important electrolytes include:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Phosphate

How are electrolytes linked with hydration?

Electrolytes also play an important role in hydration. If you don’t drink enough fluids or eat enough food, or if you lose a lot of fluids through excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea, then you can experience an electrolyte imbalance. Imbalances can cause mild to severe symptoms, from fatigue, weakness, and muscle twitches to confusion, seizures, and an irregular heartbeat.

This is because your body loses both fluids and electrolytes when you sweat or excrete fluid in other ways. So, it’s important to replace those electrolytes just like you replace your fluids to stay hydrated.

How to replace electrolytes

Most of our electrolytes come from the food that we eat. For example, two common electrolytes are sodium and chloride, aka table salt. Of course, salt is one of the substances that we need to consume in moderation for the sake of heart health and other aspects of our health, but it is still necessary to a degree.

Are sports drinks or electrolyte water necessary for staying hydrated and replenishing your electrolytes? For most people, the answer is no. Elite athletes or those who take part in long events such as marathon running can benefit from electrolyte drinks to maintain the balance in their bodies. However, most people will simply be able to restore their electrolytes by eating a healthy snack or meal after their workout.

Also, most water contains trace amounts of electrolytes (except for filtered water), so you’re still topping them up slightly if you drink enough water during your workouts. Even if it’s water straight from the tap!

Mountain Park Spring Water are here to keep you hydrated with our bottled water delivery service and water dispensers and filtration systems. Get in touch to find out more about our services across North Carolina and Virginia.