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Is your office water cooler a hotbed of diseases?

Posted on October 3, 2015 Is your office water cooler a hotbed of diseases?

Office goers spend a large part of their working day in their workplaces. Employers strive  to provide an ideal working environment with good infrastructure, air conditioning, sanitation and most importantly: drinking water.

In most offices, water coolers are used to provide drinking water. We all have our own water bottle and we like it clean for storing water, for lazy sips during the day . But have we ever wondered how clean the water is?

Water coolers store cool  water. A water cooler is primarily  for serving cool water, which tastes especially good on hot days. Many water coolers have a water purifier attached to it at the inlet. Therefore one assumes that the water we drink is safe.

Here we’ll share some information of interest. Let’s talk about contamination of water in water coolers and ways to prevent it so that you get the purest, the best.

  • First, water getting into a water cooler needs attention. Selecting a water purifier which gives the right output to match your cooler capacity will ensure that water entering the cooler is pure.
  • Next let’s look at water which is stored in the cooler. Water in the cooler may get contaminated through handling and touching of the faucets; through gaps in the sealing gaskets; and variations in the temperature of water inside. Stagnant water (especially during long weekends) may generate biofilms, especially when the cooling mechanism is switched off. Insects, eg cockroaches sometimes enter through gaps and cracks in the sealing gaskets, further adding to the contamination. The end result is:  if not cleaned and sanitized regularly, your office cooler tank can become a  perfect breeding ground for bacteria and viruses  and may be the source of water borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and jaundice.  Even in developed countries such as the UK, only 25% of water coolers pass the contamination test. In India these numbers will be even lower, with hot tropical climate and lower levels of general hygiene, which accelerate the rate of multiplication of germs.

To ensure that your water cooler gives you cool and safe water, take the following precautions:

  • 1

    Install a good quality UV water purifier at the inlet of the water cooler and have it serviced regularly.

  • 2

    Ask your employer to get the water cooler cleaned and disinfected frequently from professionals.

  • 3

    Once cleaning is done, ask the office facility manager to record the date for future reference.

  • 4

    Change your own water bottle at regular intervals and keep it clean by rinsing it daily with purified water.

When was your water cooler cleaned last? Maybe not in many months, or maybe years!  SANICOOL is a service which ensures that your water cooler is clean and safe  and this service is offered by ALFAA UV, the experts in air and water disinfection.

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Comments ( 3 )

  • Great share… The key to stay healthy is the use of good drinking water at home and office. We thought that any water cooler filters the water and provide the purest and safe water for us. But you have given a very good description on all the factors related to water cooler and all are definitely helpful for readers.

    Emma Matts
  • Dear Freda:Thanks for the encouragement.As you nticoed that I am very lucky to have such a committed team.We need to educate our children to live a life of curious simplicity.Being a water warrior is a more empowered mental reframing.Be happy, my old pal.Ping

    Sergey
    • Hahaaahh. I’m not too bright today. Great post!

      Storm
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