Bottled water coolers placed in offices and homes are a wonderful tool but it is vital that they are maintained properly in order for people to keep drinking clean and fresh water.
It is an understandable but misguided assumption that, after purchase, your water cooler will forever stay in pristine working order.
These water coolers are usually purchased and forgotten; once they are working we assume everything is fine. But it is essential to have a good cleaning routine for your cooler, and to store the bottled water properly, in order to ensure that your bottled water cooler continues to run efficiently and effectively.
The Department of Environmental Health has some top maintenance tips:
- Do not refill old bottles. Either discard or return them to the distributor, and buy fresh bottles of water.
- Store bottled water in a cool, clean environment away from heat and sunlight.
- Clean water coolers and dispensers regularly; drain all water out, clean the drip tray, run a disinfectant solution through the cooler system and rinse with clean water thoroughly
- Clean the outside of the bottle cap and neck before replacing the bottle.
The Water Cooler Company advises following this guidance regularly, preferably every time you change the bottle, to ensure your water is safe, your dispenser requires less maintenance and you can confidently enjoy fresh, clean drinking water in an instant!