It’s no secret the 5-gallon bottled water cooler at the office is outdated technology, like the typewriter and the mimeograph. Here are 10 reasons to kick that clunker to the curb and join the 21st Century:
1. Save Money
A typical business with 35 or more employees can save 25% and 50% on bottled water each month. First there is cooler rental. Then every 5 gallon bottle comes with a bill and a deposit. The more employees drink, the greater the cost. Add employees, better increase the water budget and the deposit. When fuel costs spiked, water delivery companies quickly slapped on fuel and delivery surcharges. The charges continued long after fuel costs dropped. On top of it all, the price per bottle keeps inching up and up, 7% annually on average.
With a Filter Cooler or Point-Of-Use (POU) system, the monthly charge is fixed. Adding employees? Let them drink all they want—it doesn’t cost any more. Surcharges and forfeiting deposits are history.
2. No Deliveries
Deliveries are a hassle at best. With increasing focus on facility security, badging and escorting are growing more prevalent. Where security clearances are required, deliveries can be a nightmare. Worse are missed deliveries that let your business run out. Stop wasting time shuttling bottles around to meet ever changing demands.
Filter coolers are plumbed in so the water supply is unlimited. There are no delivery hassles, no shuttling bottles, and no running out of water.
3. No Changing Bottles
No one looks forward to changing water bottle on the cooler and dealing with potential spills and mess. If not properly sanitized, microbes can ride the bottle into the cooler and contaminate the water. Is everyone at the office who might change a bottle trained on the proper procedures for sanitizing and changing water bottles? Changing water bottles also results in an occasional worker’s compensation claim.
Never change a bottle again at your office with a filter cooler. And eliminate the possibility for a work comp claim from lifting awkward 42 lb. bottles.
4. Better Quality Water
Plastic 5 gallon bottles leach bisphenol-A, a known endocrine disruptor, into the water. After delivery, the water bottle is opened and dumped into the office cooler. Everyone is familiar with the glug, glug, glug of air entering the bottle as the water flows out. This illustrates a potential pathogen pathway—what germs are going into the bottle with the air? When was the bottled water cooler last sanitized? What comes out of the cooler might not be so pure.
Innowave filter coolers are certified BPA free. The filtration technology is the same used at the bottled water plant. Once purified, heated and chilled water is isolated from the outside world until dispensed and purity is maintained.
5. Continuous Microbial Protection
Bottled water contains no disinfecting agents. At the office, bottled water coolers have no built in microbial control. So there is nothing to inhibit microbes from growing in the water cooler. Where water flows, germs grow.
Filter coolers can easily remove the taste and odor of municipal disinfecting agents on site. Once the disinfectants are removed, Innowave filter coolers have built in Ultra-Violet (UV) to control microbiological elements in the water. The UV output interrupts the DNA of microbiologicals prohibiting them from growing out of control. Furthermore, Innowave filter coolers feature BioCote anti-microbial protection inside and out for improved hygiene.
6. No Storing Bottles
Storing adequate supplies of bottled water can present problems. Bottles are bulky and take up precious office, storage, and shelving space. Often bottles must be hauled from remote storage. Frequently bottles are stored outside, where birds, possums, raccoons, rats and other animals can climb on them, compounding contamination issues. In the office, dirt and dust can collect on the bottles.
Filter coolers completely eliminate bottles.
7. Go Green! Eliminate Plastic Waste
Each 5 gallon water bottle can only used 3-5 times before being scrapped. With each use, microscopic cracks and gouges build up. With enough cracks present, the bottle cannot be properly sanitized. Each bottled represents several pounds of plastic waste, and it adds up–2 million tons end up in landfill each year.
Filter coolers eliminate the continuous stream of plastic bottles and lids filling the landfill or finding their way into the environment.
8. No Need To Sanitize The Water Cooler
Would you drink out of the same cup for a week without washing it? A year? If you drink from a bottled water cooler, you might be without knowing it. Most people do not realize their company, not the bottled water delivery company, is responsible for periodically cleaning and sanitizing the bottled water cooler. The International Bottled Water Association recommends sanitizing coolers every 6 months. When was the last time your bottled water cooler was sanitized?
Because of the closed design of filter coolers and the continuous UV disinfection system used by Innowave, filter coolers eliminate the need to sanitize the cooler every few months.
9. Eliminate Your Carbon Footprint
Trucks delivering bottled water suck up huge amounts of fuel, an estimated 18 million barrels of oil each year. The result is millions of tons of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere every year.
Drinkable water is delivered to virtually every business office. In comparison to bottled water delivery, the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions due to delivering the additional drinking water to replace bottled water is zero. Give the planet a break.
According to the American Journal of Public Health, 35% of all gastro-intestinal illnesses are water related and preventable. Yes, your bottled water cooler may be making you sick. Yet another reason to move to an improved filtration cooler with multiple levels of protection and built in UV.
Interested in exploring options to switch your business from bottled water delivery to a sustainable, eco-friendly filter cooler?
Contact AquaPrix, we can help.
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