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The pros of fridge water dispensers

If you’re buying a new fridge or fridge/freezer, then there are a wide range of choices from basic to luxury. You’ve even got the option of a refrigerator with a water and/or ice dispenser in the door. Is this a convenient way to access fresh, cool water or is it just an over-expensive fad? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s right for you.

The pros of fridge water dispensers

Water and ice dispensers are nice and convenient, meaning you can always fill a fresh glass of water or top up a drink. It’s a great way to encourage yourself or your family to drink water throughout the day, as you may be reminded to fill up your glass whenever you go to get something from the fridge. Ice dispensers are also convenient for when you’re entertaining guests or having a party.

Just like regular water dispensers, the water dispenser in your fridge door delivers fresh, clean-tasting water as it is usually filtered first (although not all of these types of fridges have a filter in their water dispenser). Most people prefer this to tap water, and it saves you from having to buy bottled water. These water dispensers can also be easier for young children to use compared to them having to pour water from a bottle, which could lead to spills.

The cons of fridge water dispensers

There are a few downsides to having a fridge with a water and ice dispenser though, starting with the cost. The initial cost of buying one of these refrigerators can be much more expensive than your standard fridge. You will then need to have the dispenser plumbed in to your water, and there are likely to be slightly higher ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Having a water and/or ice dispenser in the door of your fridge or freezer will also eat into the space inside the refrigerator. This means you’ll have less space to store food and drink inside, so you need to decide which is more important to you. It could still be worth it if you usually store ice or bottled water in your fridge/freezer, as your new dispenser could get rid of the need for this.

A fridge water dispenser or a regular water dispenser does have its benefits, so decide if one is right for you before your upcoming purchase. And if you’re interested in a water delivery service for your home or office, contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more.

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Bottled Water Delivery in Winston-Salem: It’s Not Just for Business


We all know that old stereotype of office workers gossiping around the water cooler, but having a water cooler or dispenser along with bottled water deliveries aren’t just for the office. We deliver bottled spring water to homes around Winston-Salem and the rest of the Piedmont Triad, and there are lots of advantages to having this service for your home.

Convenience

If you prefer the taste of bottled water to tap water, or if you have a water dispenser in your home, then it can be a lot of hassle going out to get water bottles for your home whenever you run out. Not to mention, they’re pretty heavy, so you have to lug these bottles from the shop to the car and then into your home. Bottled water delivery takes out all this effort by having them delivered straight to your home and disposing of your empty bottles. If you have a busy schedule or mobility issues that make it difficult to carry large bottles, then this makes a big difference.

Price

Since you’re not driving to the store and back every time you need new bottles of water, you’ll end up saving small amounts on gas, which adds up over time. You’ll also get impressive cost savings if you tend to buy single-use bottles of water a lot. These are much more expensive than buying water in larger bottles and in bulk, so paying for a water delivery service could actually save you money over time.

Health benefits

When you’ve got fresh and good-tasting water on hand in your home, you and your family are likely to drink more throughout the day. We’ve spoken a lot about the benefits of staying properly hydrated, and having bottled water delivered to your home is a great way to achieve this easily. It’s especially great for encouraging your kids to drink more water and less soda.

Great tasting water for guests

It’s not just you and your family that benefit from spring water delivered to your home, but also your guests. Whether they ask for a glass of water or a hot drink, fresh spring water will enhance the taste of their drink. Fresh spring water is also great for cooking with.

If you’re convinced about getting bottled water delivered to your home in Winston-Salem, then Mountain Park Spring Water are the ones to call. We deliver around North Carolina and Virginia.

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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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Essential Minerals for Your Health

There are lots of different minerals that help to support our health and wellbeing. We get most of these from the food we eat, and you can also boost your mineral intake using dietary supplements if you don’t get enough from what you eat. Chances are that the water you drink is also providing you with some of these minerals.

While purified water has most or all of the minerals removed, spring water, mineral water, and even your tap water contain a variety of beneficial minerals in trace amounts. Filtered water also retains most of its minerals, filtering out larger molecules instead.

So, let’s look at some of the minerals that are commonly found in water, and what benefits they can have.

Calcium

You know that milk and other dairy products are a good source of calcium, but it’s also found in your water to a lesser extent. Calcium is important for the development and maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth, also helping to reduce risks of osteoporosis. Strong bones are essential for healthy development, also reducing your risk of bone fractures.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays lots of different roles, supporting the function of all the cells in your body. It contributes toward nerve function, brain health, and energy levels. It also helps to control blood pressure, which can keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Many people don’t get enough magnesium in their diets, so drinking plenty of water containing this mineral is certainly beneficial.

Zinc

Zinc is found in a variety of foods, some naturally and others that are fortified with this mineral. It helps to support your immune system, healthy growth and development, skin health, and the healing and repair of wounds. It also contributes to enzyme reactions that are necessary for digestion, metabolism, nerve function, and much more.

Potassium

The food we most commonly associate potassium with is bananas, but it can also be found in trace amounts in some sources of water. Potassium is important for regulating nerve signals and muscle contractions, which is why you may be advised to eat a banana or an electrolyte drink to prevent muscle cramps. It also regulates fluid levels, helping to keep you properly hydrated.

Make it easy to boost your daily mineral intake with a spring water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water. Enjoy great-tasting water that provides you with magnesium, calcium, and zinc. Contact us to find out more about our bottled water delivery service across Virginia and North Carolina.

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4 Myths About Bottled Water Delivery

There are a number of myths out there about bottled water delivery that might be putting you off using a water delivery service. Well, we’re here to dispel those myths and let everyone know the truth about bottled water delivery.


Myth #1 – It’s only for offices
I think this first myth has probably come from that common image of office workers gathering around the water cooler to share the latest gossip about their boss and co-workers. But, bottled water delivery is definitely not just for offices. It’s a great service to employ for your home as a way to keep you and your family hydrated with clean, fresh water, without having to constantly be buying bottled water from the store and carrying it home yourself. You also don’t have to worry about being home to collect each delivery. You can just leave your empty bottles in a safe place for us to collect and replace them with fresh bottles. 


Myth #2 – I don’t drink enough water to make it worthwhile
First of all, if you believe this myth, then you probably need to drink more water! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps to keep you happy and healthy, and having a water delivery service can help prompt you to drink more. Secondly, it probably isn’t true anyway. You’ll probably be surprised by how much water you actually go through in a day, even if you’re not drinking it. The water you use for cooking and making hot drinks all adds up. 


Myth #3 – It’s too expensive
We get why you might think this but, fortunately, it’s just not true. The average home or office spends less than $25 per month for our bottled water delivery service, and you get great service and reliable maintenance along with it. You can tailor your service to meet your needs, so you don’t need to pay for more than you use. For example, a 3-gallon bottle of purified water costs just $6.15. If you’re consuming lots of water, then our bulk pricing can save you money. Check out our example costs to find out how much you’d be spending. 


Myth #4 – They just deliver water
Sure, it’s called a bottled water delivery service, but we can also provide you with the systems needed to keep your water clean, fresh, and at the temperature you want. So, as well as delivering fresh water to you, we also sell, install, and maintain machines such as water filters, dispensers, and water coolers. We also offer add-ons to your bottled water service, including bottle storage racks, cup dispensers, and paper, plastic, or Styrofoam cups. 


Hopefully dispelling these myths has taken you off the fence about bottled water delivery. If you want to find out more about our service, then contact us for more information. We operate across Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point, NC, and Martinsville and Danville, VA. 
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Why Choose Bottled Water Delivery for Your Home or Office?

Water is a vital part of our lives. We need it to function every day and getting enough water helps to keep us healthy and alert. Many families and companies have water coolers or water filters to provide them with a constant supply of drinking water. Combined with a bottled water delivery service, these keep your family or your employees well-hydrated. Read on for more reasons why you should have bottled water delivered to your home or office.
The benefits of having spring water readily available
With a ready supply of clean, fresh, and good-tasting water, you are much more likely to drink enough throughout the day. Otherwise, you are more likely to forget about drinking enough water, leaving you feeling sluggish through dehydration. The fact that its fresh spring water also makes you more likely to drink it because many people don’t like the taste of tap water, making them more reluctant to drink it.
There are lots of documented benefits of staying well-hydrated, both for your family and your employees. These include:
Better focus – Our brain also needs water to function. When you’re well-hydrated, your focus will be greatly improved. This is great for the workplace since your staff will be more productive as a result.
More energy – You’ll all feel the benefit of drinking water as you’ll have more energy, helping to keep you mentally and physically fuelled throughout the day.
Better health – Staying hydrated helps all our organs and muscles function properly. It’s especially important for preventing kidney problems. This is why it’s so important to encourage your kids to drink plenty of water at home.
Why have bottled water delivered?
If you have a water dispenser at home or in your office, then using a bottled water delivery service is extremely beneficial. First of all, it is a much more cost-effective way to source water for your dispenser. Being able to have large bottles delivered in bulk will help you save money over time.
Having your water delivered also saves you the time and effort it takes to buy bottles from the shop and carry them into your home, especially the larger, heavier bottles for your dispenser. Plus, having water delivered is a more eco-friendly option, particularly when compared to buying single-use bottles. Your delivery service will collect your empty bottles from you and ensure that they’re properly recycled.
Bottled water delivery is the ideal way to have a constant supply of fresh water in your home or office. If you’re interested, then get in touch with us to arrange water delivery across North Carolina or Virginia.
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Different Types of Reusable Water Bottles

Equipping yourself with reusable bottles can serve two important purposes – keeping you hydrated by having a convenient source of water you can carry around with you, and helping to reduce your plastic waste by stopping you from buying as many single-use plastic bottles. Choosing a bottle or bottles that you like will make it all the more likely that you keep using them and remember to bring them with you when you’re heading to work or out and about.

Reusable water bottle materials

You’ll find reusable water bottles in various materials, including plastic, although you’ll still be saving lots of plastic by reusing one plastic bottle over and over again rather than buying single-use water bottles. Stainless steel water bottles are also a popular choice, which are nice and durable and insulative, helping to keep your drink at the right temperature. Other options include aluminum bottles, which are slightly more lightweight than stainless steel, and glass bottles, also these can be prone to breaking.

Different drinking mechanisms

How you drink from your water bottle can also vary slightly from one bottle to the next. Do you unscrew a lid and drink from it like you would from a glass? There may be a smaller opening to drink from rather than one the full diameter of the bottle. And there are bottles where you have to squeeze or suck the water out, and some with built-in straws that you drink from.

Novelty water bottles

There are various gimmicks when it comes to reusable water bottles, too, some useful and others just for fun. Your bottle may simply have a nice pattern or design on it, or a popular character or franchise, especially great for encouraging kids to drink more water. Some may have novelties like changing color when you fill them or glowing in the dark, for example. Some may have markings on them to show you how much you should drink by a certain time of day.

Collapsible water bottles

If you carry your water bottle with you when you’re out and about, while hiking for example, then you might get annoyed with how much space it takes up in your bag. Collapsible water bottles expand to their full shape/size when you fill them, and then can be folded up or collapsed when they are empty, allowing them to take up less space the more you drink from it.

Infuser bottles

If you want to enhance the taste of your water, then a bottle with a built-in infuser is a great idea. You can add fresh fruit or veg to the infuser, such as lemon or cucumber, to infuse your water with those flavors.

Make sure you’ve also got a supply of fresh, spring water at home or at work, so you can always fill your bottle up with good-tasting water. Contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our bottled water delivery service and our equipment such as water coolers.

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Do You Need a Water Softener?

You may have heard people complaining about hard water in their homes, or comparing the benefits of hard water with soft water. A water softener is an installation that can turn hard water into soft water, but what exactly does this mean, and why would you need to use one?

What is hard and soft water?

The “hardness” of your water supply comes down to the amount of naturally occurring minerals in the water. Hard water contains a much higher concentration of these minerals, such as magnesium and calcium, which it picks up in trace amounts no the way to your faucet, from the inside of the pipes, for example.

Hard water is not dangerous to drink. In fact, people often prefer hard drinking water over soft water because the minerals can add a pleasant taste, as well as contributing to your daily intake of those minerals. However, hard water can have side effects when it comes to bathing, washing your hair, and washing clothes and dishes.

How to tell if you have hard water

The most obvious signs that you have hard water in your home can be seen on your glasses and dishes. After washing your dishes or removing them from the dishwasher, you may notice that they’re not entirely clean. If you have hard water, then spots are typically left behind where the water has dried. These are mineral deposits left behind on your dishes and glassware.

Hard water can also leave mineral stains behind on your clothes after washing them, and you may notice things like dry, irritated skin and hair that’s drier and more brittle after washing. Less noticeable side effects include mineral deposits building up inside your pipes and an increase in limescale build-up around your plumbing fixtures.

Using a water softener

If you are having problems with hard water in your home, then you can have a home softener system installed to extract the mineral ions out of your water before it is dispensed from the faucet or showerhead. This will help to prevent all of the effects of hard water listed above, but it is important to regularly clean and maintain the softener to ensure that it is working properly and does not cause contamination of your water. But consider the extra costs of installing and running a water softener before making the decision for your home.

If you’re using a water softener in your home but prefer the taste of mineral-rich water, then you can benefit from a spring water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water, delivering fresh and tasty water around Virginia and North Carolina.

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Supplying Water While Camping

Camping is a great way to immerse yourself in nature and go off the grid for a while, helping you reconnect with the simple things in life. It’s a chance to spend some time without relying on luxuries like fast Wi-Fi, big TVs, and super comfy beds and sofas. But there are some essentials that you’ll still need, and obviously water is one of them. So, how do you stay supplied with water while you’re camping?

Use local facilities

If you’re staying in an official campsite or RV park, then the site may have facilities like outdoor taps to fill up water bottles or your pots and pans for cooking. This is ideal for getting water as and when you need it, just make sure to take some reusable bottles to fill up.

Take bottled water

If your campsite won’t have any water facilities or if you’re camping more in the wilderness, then another option is to take enough bottled water with you to last the whole trip. This can be inconvenient, however, depending on how long you’re camping for and what you’re camping in. If you’re traveling in an RV, then it’s easy enough to keep a few large bottles of water in your vehicle. It’s less convenient if you’re camping in a tent, but you could keep some bottles in your car if you’ve driven and parked not too far away.

Natural water sources

Since you’re in the great outdoors, why not look to natural sources of water? But what’s safe and what isn’t? The first two things to keep in mind are that you shouldn’t drink salt water as this will dehydrate you further, and you shouldn’t drink stagnant water as this is likely to make you ill. Running water is much safer, although its safety and cleanliness still aren’t guaranteed.

If you have to drink from running water, like a stream, then look around the area to see anything that might be contaminating it. Or look for signs that it’s drinkable, such as wild animals drinking from it. Collecting rainwater or drinking groundwater, such as from a natural spring, can also be options, but are, again, not 100% safe to drink.

Purifying water

If you do have to collect water from your surroundings to drink, then there are ways for you to make it safer to drink. One way is to simply boil the water and then just let it cool before you drink it. You can also purchase things like water purification tablets to take on your trip with you. You just drop the tablets into your water and let them purify it for you.

If you want bottled spring water to take in your RV or in the car on your camping trip, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our spring water delivery service across Virginia and North Carolina.

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The Most Exciting Natural Water Landmarks in the US

Water is an incredible thing, from a small glass that provides hydration to a vast ocean with depths yet to be explored. The same stuff that you drink every day makes up some amazing sights and natural wonders around the world. Planning your travels around oceans, lakes, geysers, and waterfalls could take you to some awe-inspiring places, so let’s start with some of the most incredible natural wonders in the US that impress with water.

Waterfalls

There are so many stunning waterfalls around the world. Even small, trickling waterfalls can look beautiful and bring a sense of calm to you, but then there are the massive waterfalls that are a sight to behold. Of course, there’s Niagara Falls on the border of the US and Canada, made up of three large waterfalls converging together. Yosemite Falls in California is a taller waterfall although not quite as grand as Niagara Falls, but set among the amazing surroundings of Yosemite National Park. And you’ll even find waterfalls in the Grand Canyon, such as Havasu Falls, contrasting red rocks with a bright blue pool of water.

Geysers

A geyser is a point in the earth where a large spout of water and steam periodically shoots out of the ground. It’s an impressive sight, and the most famous geyser in the world is right here in the US, Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. And there’s another in Yellowstone, the Morning Glory Geyser, which is located in a colorful pool of water that appears like a rainbow.

Lakes

The US is home to lots of great lakes, and not just the five that are actually called The Great Lakes. Lake Superior isn’t just the largest of the Great Lakes, but also the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the whole world, spanning three US states and part of Canada. Some other lakes to visit include Crater Lake in Oregon, formed by the collapse of a volcano, Lake Tahoe in California, and the manmade Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona.

Alaska’s ice caves

Water isn’t just impressive when it flows, but also when it freezes. You’ll find plenty of ice when you visit Alaska, including incredible sights such as the Mendenhall Ice Caves near Juneau. You can take guided tours through the caves to take in the almost magical-looking surroundings.

Of course, this is just a small selection of the incredible water features around the US, and there’s so much more to discover. But for water at home or at work, Mountain Park Spring Water have got you covered. Get in touch to find out about our spring water delivery service across North Carolina and Virginia.