Nowadays, an essential element for those who care about corporate well-being is the water dispenser. This is because its presence greatly simplifies the life of those who spend a lot of time in the office.
It guarantees that water is always available without the need to drag heavy and expensive packs of water around or having to order huge quantities every month. Furthermore, the water dispenser is also configured as an aggregator: the coffee break or the “hydration break” are moments in which you regenerate for a few minutes and ‘socialize’, talking about work or personal matters.
The water dispenser is even more widespread in Singapore:
The presence of this distributor may however lead to problems that are not always correctly assessed (water stagnation, environmental impact for the transport of water for hundreds of km, etc.).
For this reason, the use of water dispensers connected directly to the water mains is becoming more and more widespread. It purifies the water and functions like the ‘water houses’ that are now found in many squares, but with the added convenience.
What are the problems associated with using a bottled water dispenser?
The water dispensers with coolers can cause various problems for both the health and the environment. First of all, the bottles (full and empty) can add to the clutter, occupying space that could be used in other ways.
Secondly, the deliveries of the bottles depend on the availability of the suppliers and the punctuality of the couriers. There is a risk that it will run out (or it will involve the inconvenience of preparing large stocks and drinking water dispensers months early).
Furthermore, the bottles must be replaced on the columns – an action that could lead to musculoskeletal problems for those who do it (each full bottle is almost 20 kg!). From the point of view of costs, it is not always clear how much you spend.
Certainly, the cost varies a lot during the year: the typical formula foresees, in fact, the rental of the columns (i.e. a fixed cost), plus the payment of ‘the refills’. As you choose the best water dispenser in Singapore, you need to account for all these factors as stated.
At the beginning of the year, there is no certainty of how much you will spend because it depends on consumption (and there will be invoices of different amounts to pay, with an important administrative and control work).
Finally, the quality of the bottled water depends both on the quality of the plastic used (there are bottles made with different materials), which itself depends on the bottle’s state of conservation (each bottle is reused several times). Last but not least, quality also depends on the conditions of storage and transport (for example, it should never be exposed to sunlight).
The quality of the water (both for flavour and for the presence of bacteria) then affects how long a bottle remains open (in low season a bottle can last days) or the frequency of sanitization of the columns (based on the law, it should be sanitised every 6 months).
Last but not least, using a dispenser of this type contributes to the environmental impact – based on the production, transport and disposal of used plastic.