Many companies provide drinking water for their employees apart from the standard drinking fountain. But with all the different water purifiers, filters and bottled water on the market today, it can be hard to know which is the best way to hydrate in the means of cost, taste, and environmental impact.
If you’re thinking that you’re doing your employees a favor by offering them bottled water, you may want to think again. Studies show that some bottled water is just glorified tap water, and the water isn’t all that good for you. In fact, it’s been proven that bottled water samples can contain numerous toxins, including arsenic.
Many bottled water companies claim that they are 100% pure. Surprisingly, the “100% pure” often does not refer to the absence of impurities, but to the source of the water itself. Meaning, if the source of the water is a spring rather than a surface water, then companies are allowed to claim that it is completely pure. Reports like these confirm that some purchasers truly are pouring their money down the drain when buying bottled water.
Alkaline water is developed with the goal of sustaining a healthy acidity/alkaline relationship within the body. This water is achieved by a process called electrolysis, in which the water separates the incoming stream into alkaline and acidic components. Alkaline ionized water can act as a very powerful antioxidant, destroying many disease-causing elements called free radicals. Sounds great, right? And it is – maybe. The problem is that the jury is out on whether alkaline water is as wonderful as many claim, or if it’s just a marketing hype. And to make matters worse, one cannot purchase an alkaline ionizing water machine for less than $500. (We’ve seen some as high as $5,000.) Consumers can also buy bottled alkaline water, which are pricier than your average bottle of water.
We believe that bottle-less water coolers really are the most convenient and money-saving way to hydrate. These connect directly to the water supply in buildings and purify it upon dispense via reverse osmosis, providing an unlimited supply of clean, crisp tasting chilled water.
Reverse-osmosis is a type of water filtration that filters out the vast majority of microscopic organisms and heavy metals. The process consists of forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane, then through filters, resulting in healthy, clear and odor-free water. Upon being tested, many reverse-osmosis filters drastically reduce multiple contaminants, including lead, arsenic, copper, chromium, selenium fluoride and even dissolved solids.
This method saves companies a good amount of money and effort by avoiding the cost and hassle of buying large coolers of water or going through several bottles of water. Point of use systems typically provide a cleaner purer water taste because it’s filtered at the source.
So ditch the bottles and go straight to the source! Your budget and your employees will thank you.