Does your office still use those clunky, 5-gallon plastic jugs for water? While they were a great solution back in the 1970s and 1980s, they now pose enough of a health hazard … not to mention skyrocketing cost … that they have worn out their welcome in many companies.
Five-gallon jugs not only have an increased risk for BPA contamination but even the BPA-free bottles have their own issues like leaching even more harmful chemicals into your water supply.
Potential Health Issues of 5-Gallon Jugs
The safety of plastics containing Bisphenol A [BPA] has been a front and center issue for years. The Food and Drug Administration has banned BPA in plastics used for baby bottles and small water bottles.
What is BPA exactly? It’s an industrial chemical used in making rigid plastics that mimics human estrogen. Research studies have tied BPA exposure to polycystic ovary disease as well as potential risk of miscarrying a child.
New research suggests that any exposure to BPA can have such a lasting effect that it can increase the possibility of disease in future generations. Frederick vom Saal from the University of Missouri-Columbia reports that, “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.” 
Here’s where it gets even more worrisome. A peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reports that all plastic containers that are commercially made – whether they claimed they were BPA-free or not – leach estrogen disruptors. And some of those marked BPA-free were worse when it came to leaching chemicals with estrogenic activity than their BPA-containing brethren.
Open Water Systems’ Dirty Secrets
When you provide bottled water in the 5-gallon jug size, you have what is considered an open water system. The reason is because the unit is open to outside contaminants. First, someone has to lift the 5-gallon jug onto the water cooler base. Someone who might have germy hands. Once those germs touch the neck of that bottle, they become part of the water system for the entire office.
Another scenario that could spread germs throughout the office is when a co-worker refills a bottle they drink from regularly. What if that employee is starting to get a cold or the flu and puts the mouth of his or her water bottle under the spigot? This could lead to office-wide sick days.
Not to mention, the air that enters the jug when the water leaves, creates opportunities for bacteria, dust and algae spores to get into the water your employees rely on.
How to Keep Your Water Costs Down and Your Employees Healthy
Price is also something you should keep in mind. You could spend as much as $4,500 per year for a 100-person office [assuming each person drinks an average of 16 ounces per day]. And that price may be on the low side when you factor in the costs of shipping (fuel, labor and delivery) and increased consumption during the warmer months.
What’s the answer?
A Closed Point-of-Use System
An in-house closed point-of-use system provides the cost and health savings you want for your office. These are bottleless, state-of-the-art water purifiers that eliminate any concern for spreading germs at work and include multi-step purification processes that give you and your employees the cleanest water available.