Should Your Office Ditch the Water Cooler

Most of us are aware of the importance of proper hydration and for many businesses the water cooler is more than just a place for the staff to gossip. A water cooler can provide clean, great tasting water to keep your employees hydrated in even the hottest summer days to enhance performance and reduce mid afternoon fatigue. Unfortunately, water coolers can also be problematic; you need to take inventory, place orders, schedule deliveries to ensure that your cooler is properly stocked. Additionally, there is the hassle of needing to load up full bottles when the cooler runs dry. NRDC research shows that there is a 25% chance that your tap water is not safe to drink or has not been adequately monitored for potentially harmful contaminants, so is a cooler your only option? Or is there a way to ditch your cooler? 

Employer Obligations Should Your Office Ditch the Water Cooler

OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) states that employers have a responsibility to provide clean and drinkable water. The regulations also state that your employees should have proper access to water to meet their personal and health needs. Since most tap water may not meet these requirements, many employers assume that this means they need a water cooler, but this may not be the case.  

Of course, adequate supplies of drinking water can boost your profitability. Research has shown that if you are only 2% dehydrated, you will experience a marked drop in your motor and cognitive performance. This means that you need to ensure that your team is properly hydrated, so they are clearer thinking and less fatigued with a better short term memory and improved concentration. Proper hydration may even reduce the number of sick days taken by your employees. So, to meet your employer obligations, you may wish to consider a water treatment system. 

The Benefits of a Water Treatment System 

Unlike a water cooler, a water treatment system can provide unlimited quantities of great quality drinking water. The water treatment system can be tailored to the unique characteristics of your water supply so that every faucet and tap can provide excellent quality drinking water. Additionally, improving your water quality can also benefit your infrastructure. Any excess minerals such as magnesium and calcium that contribute the accumulation of scale can be filtered out of your water supply. Scale can build up inside pipes, fixtures and any water using appliances including water heaters, compromising performance, efficiency, and lifespan. So improving your drinking water quality can also improve your energy efficiency.

Another benefit of ditching the cooler in favor of a water treatment system is that your business will not be contributing to the massive plastic pollution problem. Plastic bottles take hundreds of years to decompose, and hundreds of thousands of bottles are thrown away every minute in the United States. While many cooler companies do recycle the plastic bottles, eventually these bottles will end up in landfills. So, by ditching the cooler, your company will be a little greener.  

If you would like to investigate improving the water quality at your business premises, be sure to speak to a commercial water treatment specialist. A fully WQA certified professional will be able to assess your water and guide you through the myriad of treatment options that would benefit your business.

By Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska. 

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative.  Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.  

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