The need for water
Medical research has it that the human body consist of over 70% water. And
when it comes to water, purity is the word. Proper hydration is vital to
good health, since water purity affects your food digestion, body
temperature, blood pressure and brain function. Most body illness can
be traced to impurities in your drinking water, and water is the major
medium through which our bodies eliminate toxins. Drinking pure water is crucial
if we wish to maintain good health.
The question is where we can get the water to live by?
Recent polls indicate a rising concern over the state of
the water flowing from the public tap. Reports show the presence of
chemicals, metals and bacteria in our tap water that exceeds EPA
and tolerable limits of the human body system. This situation leaves you
unprotected and exposed to contaminants and vulnerable to disease.
This is why many people turn to bottled water especially in
the work place and offices. However, bottled water systems have some obvious disadvantages and great risks.
The Problems with 5 gallon bottles
1. Health Risk
Surveys show that changing the bottle when exhausted poses great risks. First
it is one of the least preferred office tasks due to potential injury risk to
your back when lifting the bottle on top of the cooler. A water bottle
weighs 42 pounds. Secondly, every time there is an injury, the business incurs avoidable and unnecessary cost of
paying worker's compensation claims. Thirdly some water gets spilled on the
floor in the process of lifting and properly placing the bottle on the cooler,
making a mess of your office floor. That is why bottled water coolers in most
offices are often empty. Every staff wants to avoid these risk factors.
This is not to mention the possible risks of air-borne contaminants and everything
that comes in contact with the bottles introduced in the process of mounting the
bottle on the cooler.
Because someone must remove the bottle's cap in order to replace it on the cooler,
there is the possible risks of transferring whatever germs or bacteria that person's hands have to the neck of
the bottle, which eventually ends up in the water reservoir. Once inside the cooler resevoir, germs and bacteria begin to
breed. Further, in order for water to flow out of the bottle, it has to be replaced by air.
Therefore, many airborne contaminants are transferred into the water in this
3. Security Risk
Sometimes weekly and every time the delivery man comes to deliver the bottles of water,
office flow is interrupted and office security could be compromised. Apart from the added
(labor)burden of checking and counting what is delivered, there is the issue
of cost of storage space for the bottles.
Bottled water destroys the environment. - The World Wildlife Federation estimates that
bottled water puts 1.5 million tons of plastic(38 billion bottles) into the
environment each year (3,000,000,000 pounds).
Bottled water companies consume millions of barrels of
oil and generate millions of tons of greenhouse gasses in their manufacturing
and transportation process.