Water solutions for the workplace can be categorized into bottled water, either individual or jugs/coolers, and filtered solutions.
Individual Bottles of Water
The ease of grabbing a bottle of water from an office refrigerator is appealing to many employees and visitors. This office water solution is typically best in limited situations, such as in conference rooms, lunches, or events, rather than being used as an office’s primary drinking water solution.
Supplying individual bottles of water can quickly add up in costs and eat up valuable storage space. For this reason, individual bottles are not recommended as an office’s primary water source; however, they are good solutions for meeting and conference rooms.
Jug/Bottled Water Dispensers
Bottled water coolers provide on-demand access to clean water for employees with a mounted jug dispenser. Although jug/bottled dispensers quickly and easily dispense drinking water, it is not the recommended office water solution because:
- Stacked water jugs are not aesthetically pleasing and can detract from the appearance of a breakroom.
- Changing out heavy jugs can put employees at risk for injury.
- Tracking water orders and deliveries puts another task on a office manager’s plate.
- Storing bottled water takes up space and may be a cost consideration for offices renting by the square foot.
Under-Sink Filtration Systems
These office water solutions work by purifying the municipal water from your sink with an under-the-sink filter. Water is dispensed through fixtures attached to the sink. Compared to bottled water, this point-of-use filtration approach saves space and has minimal maintenance requirements, limited mainly to changing filters. Under-sink filtration systems may not be right for certain groups, considering:
- The systems have a small reservoir capacity, making it less than ideal for larger groups.
- Water is only dispersed at room temperature water, unlike other options that supply hot and cold water.
- Having a water dispenser at the sink can create traffic bottlenecks as people wait to use the sink for different purposes.
- An at-sink dispenser may also be less sanitary.