Do You Know What’s Lurking In Your Office Water?

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Think about your drinking water in the office. What’s in there besides water? Usually it’s the tap water you worry most about when it comes to bacteria and contaminants.

In order to combat the uncertainty of municipal water, many offices opt for bottled water as their go-to solution to provide clean, safe water to their employees and customers.

Makes perfect sense. Or so you would think.

Can Tap Water Be Cleaner Than Bottled Jug Water?

That sounds crazy, but it’s true and here’s why: Bottled water is considered an “open” system. This makes it extremely susceptible to airborne contaminants. Everything that comes in contact with the bottle and spigot comes in contact with your drinking water.

Here’s an example. Let’s say your HR manager just got back from the vacation of a lifetime to an under developed island. He interacted with the locals and had a fantastic time. Ideal, right?

Not so ideal when he returns with an infection but doesn’t know it yet. He regularly uses a refillable water bottle and fills up from the bottle in the office. As the infection ramps up, he gets more dehydrated and fills up more often.

If someone in your office is sick, those germs will spread throughout the office when the bottle comes close to – or even in contact with – the bottle’s spigot.

Germs run rampant in a water cooler. In fact, National Science Foundation International states that 2.7 million germs can be found in one square inch of a water cooler.[1]

Tap Water Has Its Issues Too

While tap water may be cleaner than your current bottle system, it has its own issues and that comes in the form of TDS.

What is TDS?

It’s the acronym for Total Dissolved Solids and contains exactly what it sounds like. Particle-sized solids of metal, minerals and salts that can contaminate your tap water. Some of these can be beneficial to your health but tap water can also pick up dangerous contaminants from both natural and man-made sources.

For TDS, the lower the number the better, but a higher number doesn’t always signal a health risk. It really depends on the types of TDS found in your office water.

For instance, inorganic salts like calcium, magnesium or potassium aren’t harmful. But if you have a high TDS number for things like arsenic, aluminum or lead, there’s a huge health risk.[2]

Testing both your tap and cooler water with a TDS meter can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

How a Multistage Purification System with Reverse Osmosis Can Help

Did you know there’s another drinking water option for your office besides tap water or a bottled water cooler? It’s a bottleless multistage purification system that you can set and forget.

One of the key features in this type of system is something called reverse osmosis. Before we jump into exactly what that is, let’s look at its opposite: Osmosis.

Osmosis is defined as, “The passage or diffusion of water or other solvents through a semipermeable membrane that blocks the passage of dissolved solutes.”[3]

The process of osmosis occurs when a lower concentrated solution (something like a sugar) filters its solvent (water) to a higher concentrated solution by moving through a membrane to create an equal balance between the two.

Reverse osmosis is the opposite, it separates the solute from the solvent by filtering contaminants out of drinking water.

For the best water purification system to keep your employees and clients healthy and happy, look for one with a multistage reverse osmosis system.


1 http://ezinearticles.com/?About-the-Safety-of-Using-a-Water-Cooler&id=5253955

2 http://articles.extension.org/pages/31556/drinking-water-contaminant-high-total-dissolved-solids


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