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What’s the fuss with electrolytes?

So, what’s the fuss with electrolytes?

Are they real or just a fad?

Isn’t drinking filtered water enough to keep everything in check?

We decided to lay out all the facts about electrolytes and give you the real deal.

What’s the fuss with electrolytes

What are electrolytes?

It might sound like a marketing gimmick, but electrolytes are real and they’re important.

To put it simply, ‘electrolytes’ refer to the essential minerals found in your blood, sweat and urine. They are essential for a huge number of your body’s processes – from keeping you hydrated and maintaining your body’s acidic balance to boosting efficient nerve and muscle function and regulating your body’s pH levels.

What are electrolytes

The electrolytes in your body include:

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

How do you know if you need a top-up?

While drinking filtered water and eating a balanced diet are inarguably the best ways to hydrate your body and maintain your balance of minerals, in some cases you may need a little more help.

How do you know if you need a top-up

If you exercise a lot, haven’t been drinking enough water, are feeling a little under the weather (that includes the dreaded Christmas party hangover!) or even if the weather has been really warm, your electrolytes are probably due for a top up.

As fluids leave your body via sweat or illness-related bodily functions, your mineral electrolyte supply is going to get sapped. That’s why it’s always a great idea to boost your electrolytes after a nasty case of gastro. It’s the best way to avoid dehydration and other related issues when you’re battling a bug.

Electrolyte Supply

DID YOU KNOW? If you’re on a low-carb diet, your electrolyte supply is likely to be low. That’s because your body is using fat for fuel (rather than glucose) and is retaining less water. As your body excretes more water, your electrolytes go along with it.

What about store-bought electrolyte drinks?

Store-bought electrolyte drinks

While some electrolyte-boosting products on the market do work, they can also include some not-so-great ingredients. Think: artificial colours, artificial flavours and excess sugar that can mess with your gut.

Nasties aside, they can also be expensive. And let’s not forget about the massive plastic wastage.

There are just so many reasons why going down the DIY electrolyte route is the smarter choice.

Homemade electrolyte drink

We recommend making your very own electrolyte-rich drink using fresh filtered water straight from your WFA home water purifier. Not only is it delicious, but you’ll know exactly what’s in it and how it helps your body. And it’s super simple to make!

Electrolyte Rich drinks

Lemon Electrolyte Booster

Ingredients (makes 1L):

2 cups cold filtered water
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut water
Optional: a dash of liquid Stevia or your preferred sweetener to taste

Place all ingredients into a jug and whisk well. Chill and enjoy one glass per day.

Homemade electrolyte drink

DID YOU KNOW? It’s possible to have too many electrolytes in your body. Make sure to consult your doctor before taking on anything new.

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Can filtered water heal your gut?

Your gut is important.

It dictates your overall health and keeps everything running smoothly.

So it’s no surprise that an unhealthy gut can cause total havoc!

We discuss what gut health means and how a home water purifier like WFA’s systems can change your gut health for the better.

So, what exactly is a ‘gut’?

What is a Gut

Your gastrointestinal tract (G.I.) is your gut. It starts at the your mouth and ends, well, at your bottom.

It’s important. And it keeps itself pretty busy.

Your gut transports food from your mouth to your stomach, converts it into absorbable nutrients and energy and then pushes all the waste out of your body. It hosts a bacterial flora – trillions’ worth! – to keep everything running smoothly.

Once that flora is disrupted, that’s when things can go awry.

An unbalanced gut can lead to things like stomach upsets, skin irritations, chronic fatigue, impraired immunity, food intolerances, sleep disturbances and even disease.

What leads to a ‘bad gut’?

What leads to a ‘bad gut’

An insufficient diet, poor lifestyle choices, chemicals and toxins, and even a course of antibiotics can lead to an upset gut.

One of the biggest interrupters of your gut is the multitude of nasties that are often found in tap water.

It’s a fact – our water is treated with a stack of chemicals in order to kill dangerous microorganisms that can cause disease. Even the pipes that our water travels through can cause problems.

We’re talking things like chlorine, pesticides, trihalomethanes such as chloroform and heavy metals like lead and mercury.

Does it really matter?

Chemically-treated water

Absolutely.

It goes beyond the odd glass of tap water or two.

Think about all the other ways we get in contact with chemically-treated water: bathing, cooking, rinsing fruit and veg, a hot cup of tea…

It all adds up.

And all those chemicals can have a massive impact on your gut flora. Especially chlorine.

Chlorine is a major player when it comes to an unhappy gut. It’s used as a super strong disinfectant to kill bacteria that can cause the body problems.

Think about it: if you’re drinking water with a strong disinfectant to kill bacteria – it’s going to cause havoc on the good bacteria in your gut.

How can filtered water help?

How can filtered water help

Staying hydrated with filtered water is one of the best (and easiest!) ways to keep up the balance of good bacteria in the gut. In fact, it’s considered to be the foundation of good gut health.

A good home water purifier like the ones from WFA help to keep everything in check.

Water Filters Australia water filtration systems filter out all the nasties which means you’re getting pure water that’s good for you and your gut. And because it tastes so good, you’ll be drinking more of it.

A hydrated body equals a happy, healthy gut and a happy, healthy you!

SUMMER TIP!

Make sure the family stays hydrated during the warmer months by infusing a jug of filtered water with fruit or fruit-flavoured teabags. It’s a refreshing, sweet treat that will guarantee the kids coming back for more!

Boost your health with WFA’s filters and never look back. Contact our friendly team on 1300 785 355 or send us a message to find out how WFA can help to heal your gut.

Renovating your kitchen – what should you consider?

The heart of the home

The heart of home

It’s considered the heart of the home… a place where the family likes to gather, sharing stories and meals. So, it’s no surprise that the kitchen is the number one room that Australians like to renovate.

The 2018 Australia Houzz & Home Renovations Trends study found that kitchens topped the list of renovation frequency in 2017 with 26% of homeowners completing a kitchen renovation. This was closely followed by the living/family room at 24%.

2018 Australia Houzz & Home Renovations Trends study

Kitchens are one of the most heavily trafficked rooms in the home, with most homeowners entering them two to three times a day or more than 1,000 times a year!

On average, most Australians renovate their kitchen every 10-15 years. So, if you are thinking of renovating your kitchen soon, here are a few points to consider.

Here are a few things to consider if you are contemplating a kitchen renovation

1. Your renovation goals

It’s important to start with listing out what you would like to achieve from your kitchen renovation.

  • Do you want to replace outdated cabinets?
  • Do you want to change the location of the kitchen and start again?
  • Are you wanting more storage space?
  • Do you want more natural light?
  • Do you want more bench space for food preparation?

The list is endless…

Setting clear objectives and numbering them in order of priority is a great start.

2. Budget

Kitchens are the most expensive room in the home to renovate.

According to the 2016/17 HIA Kitchen and Bathrooms survey, the average cost of a complete kitchen renovation in 2016 was on average $20,411.

Working out your priorities in the kitchen can help forecast a budget for renovation. For example, if you love to cook then you may opt for higher end appliances such as Miele and standard cabinetry. If it’s all about the look of the kitchen for you, then put your money into high end cabinetry and fittings.

Often, kitchens are placed into three categories – budget, standard and premium. Thinking about this and the type of kitchen that suits your home will help with your budget.

Budget: $10,000 – $20,000

If you have a budget up to about $20,000 then you would be looking at making simple additions to the kitchen such as new cupboard knobs, lighting or splashbacks. You could also consider a DIY kitchen from IKEA or Bunnings.

Standard: $20,000 – $45,000

For a standard kitchen renovation, you can upgrade your kitchen and make some changes to the kitchen’s shell structure, such as new flooring, replacing a window or relocating lighting. However, this price point assumes that the major features of the kitchen will stay in place and the floor plan will not change dramatically.

Premium: $35,000 – $75,000+

3. A larger scale renovation may include a new layout of the kitchen space or addition of walls leading to adjacent spaces.

“A premium kitchen renovation could involve relocation of the kitchen, removal of major walls, installing high end European appliances, auto-opening drawers, heated flooring, hot water taps or installing new windows. For this type of renovation, you’d need to budget between $40,000 – $70,000 plus.”

The design and style that work for you and the space
Think about how your family uses the kitchen on a daily basis. This will help you design a kitchen space that suits your needs.

For example, does your family like to sit around the bench doing homework and eating? Then designing an island bench with plenty of space and seating should be the priority.

Carefully planning the layout and design should be the priority. Think about the following:

  • The height of the appliances
  • Width of walkways – don’t make them too narrow once doors are open
  • Adequate bench space for preparation
  • Adequate storage space
  • A place to sit and eat
  • Integration with other rooms in the house
  • Orientation of sunlight
  • Your view from the workspace
4. Don’t forget the little details

Planning a kitchen renovation

The little details are often overlooked when planning a kitchen renovation. You should budget for things such as taps, power point locations, cabinetry handles and a water filter system. When planned well, these little details can finish off your kitchen and make it more functional for the family.

Things like taps, power point covers, light switches and handles can make a big difference to the overall look of your kitchen and should be carefully considered.

When thinking about a home water filter system, there are several options. You can have a dedicated tap on the sink or you may prefer to hide it under the sink with an inline water filter system. This blog explores the difference between the two systems.

A WFA inline water filter ensures your family has healthy fast-flowing water with absolutely no plumbing required. This will be an asset to your new kitchen.

WFA water filter systems filter out all the nasties from your water down to 1 micron but keep in the good stuff such as magnesium and fluoride.

Discover our water filter systems.

What are the different ways to filter your drinking water?

washing-vegetables

Filtered water is certainly the healthiest option for the entire family. There are a few ways to filter your tap water:

  • Water filter jug
  • Reverse osmosis filters
  • Inbuilt water filter system
  • Fridge water filter
  • Bottle with integrated water filter.

So which is the best option? Let’s expore…

First up, what’s the difference between water purification and filtration?

Water purification is a commonly misunderstood term.

It means to remove what is unwanted or unhealthy from the water, sometimes it’s referred to as ‘disinfecting’ the water. It’s basically treating the water to remove bacteria and potential viruses and making it safe to drink. It’s the process used to produce tap water or potable water. It’s at this point where chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride are added.

The fluoride is great for your teeth but the chlorine? Although it does a great job in disinfecting the water, we don’t need to drink it!

Water purification is a term used a lot, especially in the United States but just to confuse you more…‘pure’ water is actually water with everything stripped out of it, even the good minerals like magnesium and calcium. And your body needs these to function properly.

So what’s a better option?… water filtration.

What is water filtration?

Water filtration is a method used to remove and reduce impurities in the water.

A good water filter acts like a sieve to remove unwanted particles from the water but leaves all the important salts and minerals in. This filtration method is also sometimes called the ‘adsorption method’. And this is where a substance is used, typically carbon to make the contaminants in the water adhere to the pores within the carbon.

All water filter systems at WFA filter your water three times before it reaches your mouth.

So a good water filter system takes out all the bad stuff like chlorine, dirt, dust, rust, and cysts such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium but keeps in all those important salts and minerals to keep us healthy.

So what are some of the most common water filtration methods?

1. Water Filter Jug

water filter jug

A water filter jug on a kitchen bench is water filtration in one of its simplest forms.

It’s a great start and it removes a lot of the bad stuff but it doesn’t filter out cysts like Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

And it’s small. So you are forever filling up that jug and probably only using it for drinking. What about washing your veggies or cooking with filtered water?

Or using filtered water to make your coffee and tea taste better? Even using it for the ice in your cocktails or expensive Scotch whisky? That one little jug will be working very hard and it isn’t long before you’re changing the filter again and again or worse still…forgetting to change the filter and you’re back to drinking plain old tap water again!

2. Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

At the other end of the scale, there’s the reverse osmosis water filter. There’s a lot out there about reverse osmosis water at the moment. But what is reverse osmosis and do you actually need it?

In short, reverse osmosis is a water filtration technology that uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water. This is achieved by passing water at high pressure through a thin membrane. However, this is only one stage of a four-stage process. Where the water passes through a sediment filter first, then a carbon filter, then the reverse osmosis membrane and finally a filter to remove the odour and taste.

Sounds good in theory but in reality, a reverse osmosis water filter takes out a lot of the good stuff too, like the healthy minerals and salts, and the fluoride that keeps your teeth strong. That’s because most mineral particles are larger than water particles, so it’s like drinking distilled water. Plus by removing all the minerals it actually leaves the water tasteless. Some people then re-mineralise the water to make it tastier and for the health benefits. Therefore making it a more complicated and time-consuming method of water filtration.

However, this type of water filter process can be good in some circumstances. For example, people with specific health issues or on kidney dialysis. And in parts of Australia with high TDS levels. TDS are the dissolved minerals salts and metals found in the water, in these areas this system is used to help reduce these levels. But for most metropolitan areas of Australia and for most people, this lengthy and expensive process really isn’t necessary.

3. Water filter systems

Fast flowing filtered water

These days water filter systems are designed for maximum quality, economy and ease of use.

A popular choice is an inline water filter system. These are as simple as one cartridge that you can attach yourself. With an inline water filter system you have access to fresh, filtered water on tap. It’s attached under your kitchen sink and filters all the water coming through your original tap.

So there’s no need for a separate tap. The filter removes all the nasties but leaves in all the important minerals and salts so you can enjoy all the health benefits of filtered water. Plus it leaves in the fluoride to keep your teeth healthy.

Unlike reverse osmosis water filtration systems, an inline water filter is cost effective and easy to install – you don’t even need a plumber and the cartridge won’t need to be changed for 12 months. Then when it’s time to change it, it’s a simple five minute process – as easy as changing a light globe.

With filtered water on tap, there’s no more re-filling your water filter jug several times a day and you can use it for drinking, cooking, even filling your iron and best of all it tastes great!

The perfect healthy solution without the confusion!

4. Fridge water filters

A fridge with an inbuilt water filter can be very useful for the family. They even now come with soda stream option too.

According to WFA’s Technical Director, Craig Hannam there are four things to consider if you are thinking of investing in a fridge water filter.

  • Quality – check the micron rating. WFA water filters can filter down to 1 micron however often fridge filters sit at around 5 microns.
  • Quantity – if you only use the fridge filter to fill up cups of water then it great. If you use if for cooking and filling up kettles, it can be time-consuming.
  • Cost – Often you need to change your fridge water filter every 6 months. WFA filters are replaced every 12 months, saving you money.
  • Usage – if you decide to change to filtered water for all your kitchen needs then an inline water filter system will work better than a fridge system.

5. Bottle water filters

These types of bottles are ideal for refilling your water bottle when out of the home. They are great for the environment because it means you are not buying one-use plastic water bottles. These filters can improve the taste of tap water and reduce chlorine however the filters will not be as effective as others.


So what is the best way to filter your tap water? Well, it depends on how you use it and how much you value the effectiveness of the filter itself.

WFA water filter systems filter out all the nasties from your water down to 1 micron but keep in the good stuff such as magnesium and fluoride.

Discover our water filter systems here.

How does charcoal purify water?

We filter your water three times before it reaches your mouth

Purifying water

Here at WFA, we are serious about ensuring your water is as pure as it can be. Our water filter systems filter your tap water three times before it reaches your mouth. This ensures we capture everything you don’t want in your water, leaving you with pure fresh filtered water…

…just as Mother Nature intended.

Here is a quick overview of how we purify water using WFA filters:

  1. Mechanical filtration – removes large particles and contaminants such as dust, dirt, rust, and cysts (Giardia and Cryptosporidium). These can affect the taste, odour and colour of your water. Our filters pick up particles down to 1 micron.
  2. Carbon/charcoal filtration – our WFA water filter system uses the pores within carbon to remove the nasty tastes and odours which are caused by a variety of factors, such as chlorine and other chemicals, ageing underground pipes and fluctuating dam levels. This second filtration ensures your water tastes, looks and smells as good as it can.
  3. Removal of limescale – this prevents a nasty build-up of limescale on your appliances such as kettles and coffee machines.
How does a charcoal filter work?

Charcoal filtration

Water filters use a special type of charcoal known as ‘activated charcoal’ to purify water.

Activated charcoal works through the process of adsorption. Note that adsorption is different to absorption. Adsorption binds impurities chemically on the surface of the charcoal filter rather than physically absorbing them.

Activated charcoal is the ideal water filter because it removes toxins from the water without stripping the water of salts and important minerals.

Water impurities

Because impurities are kept in the filter, it’s important to replace your water filter every 12 months to ensure it continues to work as it should.

Take advantage of WFA’s new subscription service, which takes the hassle out of replacing your water filter system. We will send a new one automatically every 12 months… too easy!

Why is charcoal the best water filter?
  1. The good stuff stays
  2. It makes your water taste better – removes chlorine and nasty odours. Chlorine is vital to ensure our water supply remains free of bacteria and viruses; however, we don’t need to drink chlorine/its a disinfectant.
  3. It’s relatively inexpensive
  4. It’s easy to maintain – just replace the filter every 12 months. Take advantage of the new subscription service.
It’s what our filters leave in your water that also makes it safe

Water filter

At WFA we understand that it’s not only important to filter out the bad stuff… it’s also vital that we leave in the good stuff. Because water not only hydrates us, but it also delivers fluoride for our dental health, as well as essential minerals and salts.

And because fluoride, calcium, magnesium and sodium are all dissolved minerals with the same consistency as water, they simply pass through our filters.

So, unlike many brands of bottled water, a WFA water filter system gives you water with fluoride, minerals and salts that will protect the health of you and your family.

You know you can trust our filters

WFA Filter System

All WFA filter systems are independently certified at the highest possible level by NSF International (which sets industry standards for water filtration systems for meeting strict guidelines for health and aesthetic qualities). They are also Australian Standards Watermark Certified, which provides validation for quality and integrity.

So you can rest assured your WFA filter is not only making your water taste, look and smell great… it’s also making it safe.

Contact us to find out more or visit our online store to buy a water filter system online now.

What happens to your body when you drink too much water?

Water Intoxication

We all know how important it is to keep our bodies hydrated. Water makes up 50-80% of our body weight. Every cell, tissue and organ in our body relies on water to function. A recent blog discussed the importance of drinking enough water and even some great apps to track this. However, there is such a thing as drinking too much water…

Experts call this condition water intoxication.

So how much is too much?

The ideal amount of filtered water

Most experts claim that the ideal amount of filtered water we should drink every day is eight glasses. Of course, the amount of water required differs between individuals. It depends on such things as age, medical conditions and occupation. Athletes and those doing manual labour need extra water to maintain proper hydration.

You may already know the feeling of dehydration… dry mouth, headaches, foggy head and feeling dizzy. These are good signs that you need to pick up that drink bottle.

Our two kidneys are the organs that extract fluids and waste products from our body. On average, our kidneys can filter and process 200 litres of fluid every 24 hours. Drinking more fluid than the kidneys can process may lead to water intoxication.

The signs of water intoxication

The signs of water intoxication

Drinking too much water increases the amount of water in the blood. This water can dilute the electrolytes in your blood, especially sodium. When sodium levels drop, fluid shifts from outside to inside the cells, causing them to swell. If this happens in the brain, it can be life threatening.

Here are some signs that you have consumed too much water:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Severe cases can produce symptoms such as:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle weakness and cramping
  • Inability to identify sensory information

Who is at risk?

Who suffers from water intoxication

Anyone can suffer from water intoxication. However, it is more common amongst some people than others. Those most at risk include endurance athletes, cyclists, hikers, triathletes, rugby players and military personnel.

Water fasting is a type of diet that restricts everything you consume except water. It has become more popular in recent years as a quick way to lose weight. Even though you are drinking only water, it can actually cause dehydration, not water intoxication. In severe cases it causes a condition called orthostatic hypotension.

The best way to track if you are drinking the right amount of water every day is through an app on your phone. Our recent blog reviewed the best four apps to track your water consumption.

Installing a home water filter system ensures you always have healthy, good quality water on tap for all the family.

Sydney’s water restrictions – what you need to know

Our driest spell since 1888

Our driest spell since 1888

Warragamba Dam
Source: SBS.com

For the first time in a decade, Sydney Water is enforcing water restrictions to individuals and businesses. Dam storage levels are now at 53% capacity, down from 95% two years ago.

We all know that parts of regional Australia are in the midst of a serious drought. Lack of rainfall is now affecting city residents with Level 1 water restrictions in place from 1st June 2019.

May 2019 the lowest recorded rain levels

May 2019 saw the lowest recorded rain levels since 1888 in Greater Sydney. Rainfall since the start of April has been just 25.8mm. This is expected to continue over the winter months, with low rainfall predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

More than 85% of Greater Sydney’s water supply relies on rain. This means that our water is in short supply during these prolonged drought periods.

Sydney Water have started level 1 restrictions early, ahead of the predetermined 50% capacity limit. If dam levels reach 40%, then level 2 restrictions come into play.

Level 1 restrictions, what are they?

Level 1 restrictions

Water restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes both residents and businesses.

Here are a few key water restriction rules:

  • Watering, including with sprinklers and irrigation systems, is allowed any day before 10 am and after 4 pm
  • All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle
  • No hosing of hard surfaces such as paths and driveways.
  • Washing vehicles is allowed with a bucket or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • Fire hoses may be used for fire fighting activities only.

This table provides a good overview of what is and isn’t included in Level 1 water restrictions.

Fines for not following these restrictions is $220 for individuals and $550 for businesses.

Watering lawns and gardens

Cleaning vehicles and buildings

Source: https://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/what-we-re-doing/water-restrictions/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR3SwhF2E5bY4gfzLE6FR9NYEZC7lyO8yIwxoSqWCriCIbnEyS-7j2qsnmU

Maintaining good water quality at home during restrictions

Maintaining good water quality at home during restrictions

It is important to have a high quality home water filter system installed at all times, particularly in times of water restrictions.

At WFA we keep the good stuff in and take the bad stuff out of your water, so it’s even better for you.

All of our filter cartridges not only remove bad taste and odour, but also remove contaminants including giardia, cysts, cryptosporidium, and chlorine.

With a WFA water filter system, you and your family and your pets are safe from the impurities you can’t see…nasties as small as one micron, which is 1/75th the width of a human hair! We leave the flouride in the water, helping keep your family’s teeth healthy.

Explore our water filter systems.

Hard vs soft water – what’s the difference?

So, what does hard and soft water mean?

Hard vs soft water

Water hardness refers to the mineral content (particularly calcium and magnesium carbonates) within the water. As water falls from the sky it is considered soft. This is because it has yet to come in contact with minerals.

As water moves through rocks and other substrates, it accumulates dissolved solids. Water that has higher than normal amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium is considered ‘hard’.

Basically, we define hard water as having a high mineral content, which is measured in milligrams per litre. Anything below 60mg/l is considered soft:

  • soft below 60 mg/l
  • moderately hard between 60 – 120 mg/l
  • hard between 120 – 200 mg/l
  • very hard above 200 mg/l

How does the hardness of water affect us?

How does the hardness of water affect us

Hard water is water in its most natural state. There are differing opinions on whether hard or soft water is the healthiest for us to drink. The visible impacts of hard water in the home can be seen in limescale build up inside the plumbing system and on household appliances.

When hard water is heated, calcium deposits can form. If this builds up, it can greatly damage the performance and lifespan of your appliances such as kettles and coffee machines.

Hard water is also harder to lather so more detergent is required in washing and in the shower.

Soft water is the most common form of water in Australia. Unlike hard water, soft water is free of harsh minerals that can damage your home and your body. It increases the effectiveness of soap compared to hard water because hard water can deactivate the soap’s ingredients.

Skin problem and water

Those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis often prefer soft water because of the lower mineral count. So soft water generally means silkier hair and skin for your family.

Water hardness across Australia

Water hardness across Australia

Source: www.beanscenemag.com.au

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines dictate that drinking water must be treated to a high standard. In Sydney, 80% of water comes from Lake Burragorang at Warragamba. This water is then filtered through filtration plants, which are monitored 24/7 to ensure that water is safe to drink. Sydney Water adds fluoride and chlorine before it reaches our taps.

Whilst the quality of drinking water in Australia is highly regulated, water hardness is not. Therefore, we can see that the water’s origin across Australia plays a huge role in how hard or soft it is. Hardness comes from contact with minerals rich in calcium, magnesium and carbonates that the water passes through.

In Sydney, water is considered ‘soft’ with a hardness level of about 50mg/L. If you look at the water hardness map of Australia, Victoria and Tasmania have the softest water, while Western Australia and South Australia have some of the hardest. Between capital cities in Australia, water hardness varies dramatically. In Hobart, it is barely above 10 ppm, whilst in Brisbane and Adelaide it reaches nearly 100 ppm.

Which is better for you?

Hard and soft water

The jury is still out on this one. Many people advocate for hard water because it contains essential minerals and nutrients such as magnesium and calcium. However, hard water is linked to kidney stones and makes hair and skin dry.

Your best option, whether the water in your area is hard or soft, is to install a home water filter system. All our filters remove contaminants such as dust, dirt, rust and cysts (giardia and cryptosporidium). These affect not only the taste but also the odour and colour of your water. Our filters then remove chlorine and limescale, so your skin and household appliances will thank you.

The best news is our filters leave all the good minerals in the water. This is because fluoride, calcium, magnesium and sodium are all dissolved minerals with the same consistency as water, so they simply pass through our filters.

Learn more about WFA’s water filter systems.

Winter dehydration – spot the signs

Dehydration actually increases in winter months

Dehydration actually increases in winter months

It doesn’t make sense, but it’s true… you are more likely to become dehydrated during winter. In cold weather, the body’s thirst response diminishes by up to 40%, even when you are dehydrated.

The reason we are less thirsty is because our blood vessels constrict when we’re cold. This prevents blood from flowing to our extremities (hands and feet). The body works harder to maintain the body’s core temperature than maintain fluid balance when it’s cold. Therefore, the body is fooled into thinking it’s properly hydrated.

In addition, our body doesn’t signal to our kidneys to conserve water and therefore urine production increases. Your body requires you to drink more during this time to prevent a cold-induced condition called cold diuresis.

The symptoms of winter dehydration

The symptoms of winter dehydration

The symptoms of dehydration might be harder to detect in winter. However, if you listen to your body, you should be able to notice the signs:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Infrequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of sweat, despite physical activity

Look out for the signs of severe dehydration, as reported in the Ithaca Journal:

“Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and can cause extreme thirst, extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults, little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal, sunken eyes, shrivelled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t ‘bounce back’ when pinched into a fold and feeling faint or passing out when rising from lying to sitting or from sitting to standing.”

Tips for staying hydrated in winter

Tips for staying hydrated in winter

During winter, it doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, you should just aim to drink more liquids. If you can, drink herbal tea instead of tea or coffee, as these can act as a diuretic. Filtered water is always the best option for your family.

Nutrient Reference Values Australia advises that adult men should drink 2.6 litres of water per day (about 10 cups) and adult women should drink 2.1 litres per day (about eight cups). Source https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/water

Track fluid intake using an app

A great way to ensure you are drinking enough fluid throughout the year is to track it on an app. We recently reviewed and recommended the best apps to track your water intake. These four great apps are sure to keep you on track during the winter months.

Eat more water based foods

Did you know that you can stay hydrated from increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet? They offer a natural source of water, along with valuable vitamins and minerals.

Soup is also a hydrating food and great for those cold winter months. Add some vegetables and protein for a nutritious meal.

Drink before, during and after exercise

It seems obvious; however, you probably won’t feel like drinking much before you exercise in winter. The easiest way to stay hydrated during exercise is to make sure you carry a reusable water bottle with filtered tap water wherever you go.


Winter is a great time to invest in a home water filter system. Filtered water is the best option to ensure your family stays hydrated during the winter months.

Browse our water filter systems online today or contact our customer service team to discuss your water filtration needs.