Choosing Your Office Water Dispenser – A GUIDE

Alex | March 22, 2021

Staying hydrated has a direct impact on your health and wellbeing. And it can even help to support your immune system. When your team fully returns to the office as COVID restrictions are lifted, you’d be right to ensure your team has access to fresh, filtered water. Alongside a quality coffee experience, the water source you provide your employees is equally important. So now’s the time to ditch that old, bulky plastic water cooler in the corner of your office and replace it with a modern, efficient water cooler dispenser. We explain in this blog how best to choose the perfect water dispenser and what you need to consider.

How many water dispensers do I need?

For this, you’ll need to work out how many people will be using each office water point. If you’re considering a cooler, we’d recommend on average one for every 20 employees. However undercounter water taps can support many more users, usually around 60. If your whole team is planning on grabbing a drink at the same time, e.g. first thing or at lunchtime, it may make sense to have multiple points they can access. Our team will happily work with you to calculate the most efficient water dispensing solution for you.

It’s also important to consider dispense height and output volume. Will you be filling cups, glasses and water bottles? Or jugs and carafes for meetings and events for example? If you’ll be using your water dispensers for high volume fills in a short amount of time, you’ll need a water dispenser with high output and a fast recovery time. This T2 water dispenser tap would fit the bill, offering a comfortably tall dispense height.

Chilled, ambient, sparkling, hot?

Today’s modern water dispensers are plumbed directly into the mains water so you don’t need to fight with huge, bulky plastic bottles. These are called POU dispensers – meaning Point Of Use. Many POU water dispensers give you the option to choose from chilled, boiling, sparkling or ambient filtered water. In our experience, it’s best to give your team all options for greater flexibility and convenience while they’re working. Hydration is a key factor in office productivity. And studies show that even mild dehydration, with a body water loss of 1–2% can impair cognitive abilities and performance.

Hygiene and sanitisation

COVID has changed the workplace. So your entire office must be COVID safe and compliant with government guidelines. Water cooler dispensers are frequently in use by multiple workers, so can be a hotspot for pathogens. However, simply ensuring your staff sanitise their hands before touching the appliance will help to minimise transmission. All our water cooler dispensers and office taps are one-touch, and the non-porous surfaces are extremely easy to wipe clean.

You can take additional steps to minimise risks with regular sanitisation using sprays, and by sanitising high traffic areas. Some of our coolers can also be operated by footswitch or an app, for hands-free control, lessening any risk of contamination. Plus antimicrobial touchscreen shields can also help to minimise the spread of COVID. Just ask us about any of these options when discussing your water dispenser requirements. Alternatively, head to FreshOffice, where we have a wide range of hygiene and sanitisation products for your workplace.

We’re here to help

Whatever your requirements and budget, we’ve got the perfect water dispenser solution for your office. Whether you’re tight on space, need help positioning it, or you’re simply looking for a sleek, minimalistic design to suit your workspace, we’ve got what you need. Contact us today for more information and help keep your team healthy, hydrated and more productive at work.