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Back to school? How to provide safe drinking water for all pupils and staff

Herbie King6/29/2020Safety & Hygiene

The prime minister has promised funding of £1bn for school building projects across England. This money is being used primarily for rebuilding school buildings in disrepair. This is good news, however the question remains on whether this budget will also cover the demands of providing a safe environment for pupils and teachers in a world post COVID-19.

Safe distancing and stricter hygiene are very real concerns as schools aim to go back in September. Providing pupils with a ready supply of clean drinking water is still paramount. So how do schools ensure the drinking water they provide for pupils is safe?

How does UV light sanitise drinking water?

Herbie King4/24/2020Safety & Hygiene


You may have been hearing a lot about UV light over the past few days, specifically because the US President suggested it to treat coronavirus patients. 

There is a type of ultraviolet light that does kill viruses, it’s called UVC. It is dangerous to human skin, and quite rightly, the global medical community have rejected President Trump’s suggestion. 

However, UVC light is an extremely effective tool against decontamination and sanitisation. It has been used in hospitals for years. It is also the best way to kill viruses in water.  

So how does UVC work, and how effective is the use of ultraviolet light in drinking fountains, water refill stations, and dispensers to provide safe drinking water?

Drinking water and coronavirus

Herbie King4/8/2020Safety & Hygiene
Covid-19

Debunking the myths about drinking water and coronavirus

Whilst we advise everyone to stay hydrated, we can debunk one of the myths about Covid-19 – that drinking water regularly can protect you against the virus. It can’t.

Other rumours include drinking only bottled water is safe, or that drinking hot liquids can sterilise the stomach and kill the virus. Again, this is false.

Most dangerous is the advice to drink bleach solutions diluted with water. Please don’t even try this.

COVID19 - Important News For Customers

Rob Innes3/18/2020
During these unprecedented times for our industry, our countries and the world, businesses across the UK and Ireland are making adjustments to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We want to reassure you that The Water Cooler Company and The Water Delivery Company are actively monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and are taking steps so that we can continue to provide you with water and water cooler sanitisation services.

How safe is it to drink from a public water fountain?

Rob Innes3/11/2020Safety & Hygiene

In a drive to reduce plastic waste, people are installing drinking fountains in public spaces. From gyms, schools, and parks, to stadiums – demand for drinking fountains and bottle filling stations has grown.
However, in an increasingly virus-aware climate, how can people be sure that using a public drinking fountain is safe? 

The Daily Water Requirement

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company3/4/2020Hydration Advice

For the proper performance of physiological and metabolic activities, the body needs water, and lots of it!

The exact water requirement is subjective: it depends on age, gender, health, lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity, environmental conditions and temperatures.

Water is precious: 8 simple tips on how to save water at home

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company3/4/2020Plastic-Free Drinking Water

The reduction in potable water consumption is one of the priorities of Agenda 2030 UN. We can all contribute to a more sustainable development through more careful and responsible choices. Here's where to start.

We must be conscious of our domestic water consumption water consumption, remembering that saving water means polluting less. In fact, water requires a lot of energy to be purified, purified and transported. Consumption by water infrastructure is estimated at 0.83 kWh / m3, or 2.1% of the national energy requirement.

Even China says no to plastic!

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company3/4/2020Plastic-Free Drinking Water

The Plastic-free Revolution is just beginning!

A more sustainable world is a dream which 2020 could turn into a concrete project. All the more so if a great power like China is at the forefront. The Middle Empire sets serious intentions, starting from the intervention plan resented by the Commission for Development and Reforms. Objective: to decrease the use of plastic throughout the country and to promote biodegradable and recyclable alternative materials.

Bioplastic: What is it and what are its advantages?

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company3/3/2020Plastic-Free Drinking Water

The serious environmental pollution caused by single-use plastic has led the quest for an alternative, more sustainable material to stem traditional oil-based plastic use and production.

Bioplastic
Among the possible alternatives there is bioplastic, an environmentally friendly material made with renewable raw materials such as algae, sugar cane, wheat, corn starch, vegetable oils, potatoes, and tapioca. Bioplastics will allow us to give up oil, the essential basis of the familiar disposable single-use water bottles.

How much water do you drink in the office? Let’s talk plastic bottles, micro-plastics and plastic-free hydration

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company3/3/2020Plastic-Free Drinking Water

Some people forget to drink water, others always have a bottle of water on their desk, while others reach for plastic bottled water. Whichever person you identify with, there are three important things to know...

1. Water is essential for physiological processes.
2. Tap water contains harmful micro-plastics.
3. Choosing plastic bottled water has a huge environmental impact.

M&S extend trial of plastic-free food refill scheme

M&S water refill station

Marks & Spencer have extended a trial of their refill scheme, where shoppers can refill their own containers with food. We were thrilled to learn that M&S report 25 of 44 of their products offered 'loose' have outsold packaged equivalents. This is a positive step by a major UK retailer in trying to address the problem of single-use plastic waste.
The Climate Impacts of the Plastic Lifecycle

The Climate Impacts of the Plastic Lifecycle

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company1/21/2020Plastic-Free Drinking Water
We already know that the Earth is polluted by plastic. Our oceans are choking on the stuff and our beaches are littered with it. As if that wasn’t already bad enough, nearly every piece of plastic begins as a fossil fuel and Greenhouse gases are emitted at each stage of the plastic lifecycle, from its production to its degradation long after its use.
Water Filter Replacement Instruction Guide

Water Filter Replacement Instruction Guide

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company5/10/2019
How to replace your Water Filter 

This step by step guide shows you how easy it is to change an in-line water filter for your Plumbed Water Cooler or Drinking Water Fountain.
What is a Direct Chill Water Cooler?

What is a Direct Chill Water Cooler?

Sophie, The Water Cooler Company3/5/2019Water Cooler Information
What is a Direct Chill Water Cooler?
Our Direct Chill Water Cooler range uses innovative chilling technology to ensure that you will always have an unlimited supply of instantly chilled, ice cold drinking water. But first, Plumbed Water Coolers come in two variants: Reservoir and Direct Chill. So what's the difference?
Access to Drinking Water Fountains in Public Spaces

Access to Drinking Water Fountains in Public Spaces

The Water Cooler Company10/12/2018Hydration Advice
Making water fountains accessible to the population can be highly beneficial for not only the health and quality of the life of its citizens, but also in terms of waste reduction, sensible resource management, and the promotion of municipal water, among other things.
Should You Filter Your Water?

Should You Filter Your Water?

The Water Cooler Company8/15/2018
Tap water is dirtier than it looks. Even “clean” drinking water that flows from the tap isn’t what most of us would think of as clean.