We know that bottled water is the pits, but in some cities municipal water is not the safest thing to drink. So, what’s a responsible consumer to do? A water cooler might just be the solution, but did you know that not all water coolers are healthier and better-tasting than tap water? Let’s look at how to choose and care for a home or office water cooler.
Water Cooler Safety
One big issue with water coolers is the endocrine disruptor bisphenol-A (BPA), which we’ve covered in detail here at Eat Drink Better in terms of childhood obesity, the ban of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups (but not in other containers?!?), and so on.
BPA is a chemical stiffening agent used in the production of certain kinds of plastics. Canada has declared BPA a toxic substance, but it’s still widely used in many good old wild west deregulated market developing nations like, well, the United States of America. This includes 5 gallon jugs used for office water coolers, many of which are still being manufactured with BPA. Older water coolers that have been in use for a while now almost certainly contain BPA.
Since BPA can leach into water, office and home water cooler users thinking they’re getting a clean cup of water might be getting a little extra BPA in their diets, too.
Experts recommend that 5 gallon water jugs be sanitized with gloves and bleach every 3 months. If done properly, microbial contamination can be mitigated, but of course, this practice may lead to bleach residue in your supposedly pure bottled drinking water. If not done properly, it can lead to significant microbial contamination.
Those water cooler bottles are not the safe, healthy alternative you thought, but there are companies out there making bottleless water coolers which avoid the BPA and bleach issues.
Quench, a company offering bottleless water coolers with significant health advantages, serves more than half the Fortune 500 and operates in 47 states in the U.S. alone. Check out the health benefits of bottleless water coolers here in more detail, and see if Quench, the sponsor of this article, might not be able to save you some money, save the environment, and provide you with healthier drinking water all at the same time.
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