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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References:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-now-drink-more-bottled-water-than-soda-2017-03-09

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5279230/ns/us_news-environment/t/plastic-bottles-pile-mountains-waste/#.WIBqrn27jIU

http://www.container-recycling.org/index.php/issues/…/275-down-the-drain

http://www.business.com/office-water/pricing-and-costs-of-delivered-water/

http://www.efiwater.com/documents/How%20to%20Lift%205%20Gallon%20Water%20Bottles%20Safely.pdf

https://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/pain-management-30/pain-health-news-520/repetitive-stress-injury-rsi-646236.html

http://www.mnenergysmart.com/putting-the-plug-on-water-cooler-costs/