These topics focus on HR issues and benefits of point of use water systems.


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

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.




The Top 5 Hidden Costs of Water Delivery

Beyond the direct cost advantages of moving to a bottleless water cooler solution, there are a lot of hidden costs behind traditional water delivery as well. These include:

  • Managing your plastic jug inventory and storage space

A 2017 article from the Wall Street Journal states that, “Americans now officially drink more bottled water than soda”.

Despite this up-tick in bottled water, there hasn’t been an up-tick in recycling empty bottles. In fact, the Container Recycling Institute says that about 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away rather than recycled. These empty bottles pollute the environment and can quickly take up space in landfills.

Although these articles apply specifically to smaller, single-use bottles, think about the waste at your company for a minute. Plastic jugs can easily take up a lot of storage space and make inventory a headache. If you don’t have time to wait for recycling day, these jugs may just end up in the dumpster so that other products can fill the space.

  • Seasonal usage makes ordering difficult

Seasonal water usage fluctuates (cold water in the summer and hot water in the winter), resulting in varying monthly invoices. Since it is hard to predict usage, your company can end up over stocked or under stocked, leaving your workforce thirsty.

  • Meeting and supervising the delivery person

If an employee’s job description doesn’t include “meeting and supervising water delivery,” then they probably shouldn’t be doing it. Between heavy workloads and busy schedules, there might not always be coverage for this task.

  • Participating in back-breaking labor and lifting 42-pound, 5-gallon jugs

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) don’t just affect those in very physical sectors, like construction or shipping. Water jugs can weigh more than 40 lb, and even if someone uses proper form or doesn’t lift the jugs every day, he or she could still strain a muscle. Because many office workers are sitting all day, doing a burst of physical activity, like carrying a water jug, can result in injury if their muscles aren’t properly stretched and warm. Since the chances of absenteeism and workers comp’ claims rise with RSI frequency, employees shouldn’t attempt these kinds of tasks if there are other and better solutions.

  • Added security risk of weekly or monthly deliveries

Vendors play an important role in businesses today. For some companies, outside vendors, service, or delivery providers might not be an issue but for others like those in the financial, tech, and medical industries, it might not be the best option.

After taking a closer look into the hidden costs of bottled water delivery, it is safe to say it’s time to move to a better water purification solution.

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