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Giardiasis and Why You Never Want to Get It

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Water TreatmentGiardia is a nasty little parasite that can cause Giardiasis often requiring a lengthy hospital stay! It exists in contaminated water, and ingestion can result in “projectile” vomiting and severe diarrhoea. These facts became all too clear to unsuspecting lifeboat volunteer, David Deveney after a standard river training exercise. He was exposed to the bacteria, which is linked to sewage, after 2 hours in the River Severn in Wales. An investigation found that there is an 80% chance that the parasite came from human sewage.

Figures show that in 2021, sewage was spilt into rivers in Wales over 95,000 times and in excess of 791,000 hours. However the giardiasis has not been definitely linked with sewage or spills in Wales. Welsh Water stated that spills had a “a limited impact” on Welsh rivers such as the River Severn and River Wye.

Mr Deveney, a lifeboat training manager with the Severn Area Rescue Association in Beachley, became ill after instructing volunteers. He was showing them how to enter and exit the water safely, which involved him being submerged. Shortly after he emerged from the river, he became ill for 3 days which he spent in hospital before being discharged. He was home about a week but had to return to the hospital for another 5 days!

He was off work for three and a half weeks and said “I’ve been through physical hell with the after-effects of the contaminated water.” Giardiasis is a notifiable illness, meaning it had to be reported to Public Health Wales (PHW) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and also authorities in England. NRW says “bacteria, viruses, and toxic algae may be present in some water” and to avoid water that “looks or smells bad”.

Brookshaw Stuart offer an extremely high standard of water treatment plant installation and maintenance, ensuring reliable and smooth functioning.


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Technology to Combat Climate Change

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Wet Design blogNew technologies to combat climate change seem to be appearing thick and fast these days. Innovators are constantly working away to try to replace every product that relies heavily on fossil fuels etc with renewable solutions. From extracting carbon dioxide from the air to using water as fuel, there are some very exciting changes underway. Each new technology that emerges is viewed as just the tip of the iceberg by scientists and engineers.

These specialists are trained to think outside the box, and they certainly do, envisaging offshore wind turbines grabbing and storing carbon under the sea. They are also interested in essential metals to power electric vehicles being produced by geothermal plants. Batteries used for electric vehicles, can also be adjusted to power homes, saving money and reducing emissions from transportation. Other cutting edge technologies emerging include:

Solar Canals – 4,000 miles of Californian canals have been covered with solar panels. This could potentially save over 65 billion gallons of water, and irrigate 50,000 acres of farmland or meet the domestic water needs of 2 million plus people.

Solar Panels from Food Waste – a type of cladding made from food waste has been developed to mimic the function of solar panels. It can generate energy even on overcast days as it harnesses power from the sun’s UV rays.

Bladeless Wind Turbines – these space saving turbines are designed without blades to oscillate and sway in the wind. The resultant vibrations create electricity.

Microwave Powered Boilers – the company that has produced these electric boilers, hopes they could eventually replace gas boilers.

Underground Hydropower – systems built inside low hills will store and release electricity, faster and more cheaply than traditional hydropower dams.

At Rhinos, we believe in encouraging sustainable solutions wherever possible, which is why most of the hire plant machinery we offer incorporates green technology.


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Why You Need An Aluminium Lantern Roof!

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aluminium lantern roofsMany people consider installing an aluminium lantern roof, not just for the look, but because they have a number of outstanding benefits. You can’t underestimate the visual effects offered by these home improvement products, which raise the profile of any space. Advantages include:

  • A Feeling of Wellbeing – Seasonal affective disorder [SAD] can significantly affect the mood when sunlight is at a minimum. Lantern roofs allow more sunlight to enter the home, promoting happiness and effectively boosting the immune system and heart health.
    Improved Health – More Vitamin D can improve your health by suppressing your appetite, and making it easier to lose weight.
  • Saving Energy – More natural light means less need for artificial lighting, which of course, will save on electricity bills. These cleverly designed roofs also help your room to stay warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Home Value – A high quality lantern roof is a desirable feature, as many have discovered when they come to sell their home.
  • Outdoor Elegance – These glazed products not only accentuate the indoors, they give a whole new look to the outside of the home too.
  • Eco-Friendly – Energy efficient lantern roofs reduce the need for extra heating and lighting.
  • High quality lantern roofs from First Choice Aluminium H&P, are thermally efficient, so warm air does not escape, as with more flimsy products.
  • Multi-use – These lantern roofs can be used for a range of applications such as extensions, conservatories and even swimming pool enclosures.
  • Versatile – These roofs are ideal for any style of home be it traditional or contemporary, they will always give stunning results.

Although aluminium lantern roofs from First Choice Aluminium H&P appear delicate and slimline, they are deceptively tough and long lasting. They can easily cope with whatever the UK weather throws at them and will not leak or allow any kind of water penetration. So what are you waiting for?

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Do You Like A Challenge?

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WetDesign BrookshawIf your work involves large installations whether it be swimming pools or industrial plant applications, you must enjoy a challenge! Not that every job is difficult, but consider the potential issues when replacing or building a new facility. You are possibly disturbing a set-up that has often been in place for many years. If you have ever owned an older home, you will already know the frustrations of trying to replace old with new. Surroundings are usually designed to accommodate particular shapes and sizes of plant components. Modern versions will have the latest technology and sometimes a completely different system. Many compromises and adjustments need to happen so that the new equipment fits well and functions properly.

Care and knowledge is essential when constructing and fitting the installation, so that everything works perfectly and there is a seamless transition. This type of work is often extremely complex, and an experienced team is crucial. Several tests have to be carried out during commissioning, to identify any problems. With processing plants, these include cleaning, flushing, leak tests, verifications, functional checks and performance evaluation. Any failure to carry these out to the letter can result in thousands of pounds in lost production. This is in addition to damage to the reputation of all involved, and even hefty fines. Contractors sometimes feel pressured to rush this important period due to time constraints, and eagerness to commence plant operation.

Haste at this stage of the procedure is well known to be responsible for many accidents and other problems. Verification tests must be stringent here if major difficulties are to be avoided. It should be ascertained that the system will work perfectly under normal conditions.

Specialists like Brookshaw Stuart have been responsible for numerous process plant installations within the food and non-food industries. They have an unequalled success rate and many ongoing contracts with major manufacturers. Take a look at some of their projects.

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Benefits of Plant Hire

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Have you ever wondered why many people prefer to hire their plant machinery as opposed to buying. There are a number of good reasons for this, all of them are wise and practical! Take Bowsers for instance, what better way to transport large volumes of liquids safely from A to B. These portable storage tanks are probably not something you would use every day, but when they are needed, offer the perfect solution. This is why most people will hire a Bowser as and when, rather than purchase one.

Bowsers come in a range of types and sizes such as fuel bowsers, water bowsers and waste bowsers. Water bowsers are used where there is no access to clean or drinking water. You will frequently see water bowsers when there is an emergency like a water shortage, as they provide a practical solution in these situations. There are road tow versions and site tow versions of these handy plant items. There are Jetwash Bowsers and even bowsers for fuel and other flammable liquids.

When construction businesses are starting up, they don’t usually have unlimited funds, yet need to present a professional image. Mini Diggers, Skid Steer Loaders, Dumpers, Rollers and Telehandlers are way out of reach for the majority. But you can hire the highest performing machines from specialists like Rhinos Plant Hire, and still offer an excellent outcome for your customers in Barnet.

Plant hire means no tiresome maintenance or repairs, and no worries about where to store your valuable machinery. Most of the time you will be getting the benefit of the latest technology from leading brands. Plus there will be no depreciation headaches, leave that to the hire company!

If you feel you would like to own your own Mini Excavator etc, Rhinos even sell their used models at amazing knock down prices. This is because they have a policy of continual upgrading, even when the existing model is still in full working order. Call Rhinos on 01277 372 626.


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Hire a Mini Digger for Those Tough Jobs

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There is no limit to the variety of tasks a mini digger can perform in Watford, even preparing the ground for a heated swimming pool! Mini diggers or mini excavators can be hired for the duration of the project you have in mind, and will save time and help you to meet deadlines.

They are ideal for jobs like:-

  • Tree stump and hedge removal during landscaping
  • Excavating excess soil and waste for removal from the site
  • Digging footings for extensions and new builds
  • Excavation for building beautiful new patios and driveways
  • Clearing concrete ready for the next stage of your project/build
  • Digging deep to carry out drain work
  • Demolishing small structures
  • Ploughing snow
  • Digging to install a pond

There are a range of accessories and attachments available, to tailor the machinery to your needs. Compact and lightweight yet extremely powerful, Kubota mini diggers offer excellent performance, whether around the home or on the construction site. The smallest of these vehicles can even be transported through the house [with flooring protection] for work on the garden.

There is no end to the versatility of this plant equipment, and hiring will save you money, as they are pretty expensive to buy. Even new start construction businesses frequently opt to hire their heavy plant initially, due to cash flow, and the size of the investment needed. Rhinos Plant Hire have a varied range of heavy and small plant machinery, tools and equipment for hire. Their fleet is well maintained and kept up to speed, for a totally reliable hire experience.

The team of highly qualified mechanics at Rhinos will also service, maintain and repair customers own plant machinery, applying the same attention to detail. Call them on 01277 372 626.

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7 Reasons to Get in the Water

Swimming Pool & Therapy Pool Engineering, Design, Installation & Maintenance, Tilbury

Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for just about every aspect of your physical and mental health! Whatever your fitness level swimming is bound to boost it, and is an excellent way to develop and strengthen muscles, get a cardio workout and improve lung capacity to name but a few of the benefits. If that doesn’t tempt you to slip into your cozzie here are a few more reasons:-

  1. Top to Toe Body Workout. Every muscle in your body gets a work out when you swim, whether you are calmly gliding along or flying through the water. Your body will be working harder than if you were doing the same activity out of the water.
  2. Weight Loss. If you want to lose weight there’s no better way than a swim, as just a gentle half hour swim will burn off 200 calories.
  3. Guards Against Disease. Apparently a weekly 30 minute swim will drastically lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
  4. Invigorating. Your energy levels will be improved and your metabolic rate increased by swimming for half an hour 3 times a week.
  5. Promotes a Feeling of Wellbeing. This popular form of activity can be done alone or with friends, and will encourage a positive mental outlook, along with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
  6. Stress Relief. As most swimmers know, lingering in the wonderful water is a proven way to alleviate stress whether it’s due to work, the kids, driving etc. It improves sleep patterns and lightens the mood, even where depression exists, and is often advised by doctors.
  7. Comfortable Exercise. As 90% of the body’s weight is supported by the water, those who have an injury or illness can easily enjoy this form of activity.

Being an Island there is water all around us, and there are lots of places to go swimming in and around Essex whether you live in Tilbury, Brentwood or Chelmsford. Many public swimming baths have undergone impressive refurbishment, so you won’t find it difficult to begin your new pastime.

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Swimming Pool Considerations

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Along with the size, style and design of swimming pools, there are a number of other considerations to take into account at the planning stage. Remember this will be a moist environment which greatly affects the type of products which can be used here. The walls and floor will be subject to constant water pressure. Flooring for instance must be non slip whether it’s ceramic tiles, mosaic tiles, terracotta, stone or vinyl. Walls will need some form of waterproofing, and all decor should be ok to use in frequently wetted areas. A consequence of bad decisions with decor in these surroundings has led in the past to a constant and expensive need for replacement or refurbishment.

The doors in this kind of area could be exposed to a high traffic volume in addition to persistent moisture and corrosive chemicals. In places like leisure centres, public swimming pools and sports facilities, doors need to be tough, waterproof and hygienic. It’s crucial that products used here will not warp, rot or deteriorate even after years of use.

Doors which are made from materials like timber or laminate, may have to be constantly replaced due to moisture damage, which can get pretty costly. They are also vulnerable to bacteria growth and can be heavy making them unsuitable for wet areas. Even steel doors can rust and are pricey to repair so not a good choice.

Doors used around swimming pools have to withstand extreme temperatures, damp conditions and resist corrosion. UPVC or aluminium powder coated doors are ideal for anywhere like this, and are often used for swimming pools. You will find the perfect door for your swimming pool area at specialists like Trade Window Services. They have an excellent range of UPVC or aluminium bi-fold, multi-fold, sliding folding doors. These doors create a stunning visual effect and are used by domestic or commercial customers for a variety of applications.

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The Benefits of Your Own Swimming Pool

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People in the UK are increasingly deciding to install their own swimming pools indoors and even outdoors for a number of health benefits. These include relaxation, entertaining and exercise, particularly the latter, as swimming is widely recognised as one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Not only does swimming raise your sense of wellbeing, it develops muscle, forces the lungs to work harder, and improves the cardio vascular system meaning a healthy heart.

Many people in the UK who install a pool, do so mainly for the exercise and health aspects, building a swim into their everyday routine. This also saves the hassle and time of having to get to the public pool, getting changed, hustling for space etc.

As this isn’t Los Angeles or California though, there is usually a limit when it comes to available space for a swimming pool, so smaller models are preferable. The downside is there are only so many strokes you can make before having to turn around in a smaller pool. There is a solution to this quandary though, in the form of Swim Jets. These clever additions enhance any pool whatever its size and shape, so that it becomes a sort of gym, allowing a fantastic workout as often as you wish.

Swim Jets create an underwater current by pushing large quantities of water through the jets, turning your home swimming pool into the swimming equivalent of a treadmill. You can control the flow by adjusting current speed and strength, and some have settings for hydrotherapy or massage. Most fit to the wall of your pool and are surface mounted giving a continuous swimming experience or for activities like aqua aerobics. This type of system is also great for rehabilitation after injury, and getting back up to speed.

You can install your own outdoor swimming pool, but first prepare the ground using a mini digger or similar. These are available to hire from specialists such as Rhino Plant Hire, if you are in the Essex, London area.

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A Pool for Summer

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It might be cold at the moment, but if you are stuck indoors, there’s nothing on the TV and scrabble has lost it’s charm after 5 games, how about letting your imagination run riot. Think of the warm sunny days to come, chilling in the garden with a cool drink and a book, or perhaps even a swim?

While owning your own swimming pool may not be the first thought which comes to mind for many of us, they are in fact becoming more and more popular in the UK despite our unpredictable weather. Even outdoor pools are experiencing a rise in interest, as people want a more tailored living space. Sizes vary and although you wont get many lengths out of a 6×3 m pool, these are often fitted with innovative features like counter currents or swim jets. This transforms your small pool into a piece of gym equipment, providing a great form of resistance training.

A favourite size is 11×4 m which offers a decent length plus reasonable running costs, as a larger pool than this means more water to heat up, and a more powerful pump and filtration system. Swimming pools can run off gas, oil, electricity or even air source heat pumps which are amazingly cost effective.

Adding a pool isn’t something you can just jump into though [pun intended], it needs careful planning if it is to be an asset and add value to your home. Bear in mind that potential buyers may be put off by a badly designed or neglected pool that they will need to pay to have removed.

An above the ground swimming pool is a frequently chosen option for many, as there is less preparation and they are easier to remove if required. This type of pool is ideal if you have some DIY skills, and fancy saving even more money. They are typically not that difficult to install, although preparation usually includes some landscaping to provide an even and sturdy base for your pool. You can hire plant machinery at reasonable rates, for any landscaping project in Canvey Island from Rhino Plant Hire.

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