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Pros & Cons of Bottleless Water Dispensers for Office Breakrooms

Posted by Rayne Water

Bottleless water coolers, also known as bottle free water coolers,  are a great option for office environments. Before investing in one it’s a good idea to get a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of these systems. Compared to other office water cooler options, bottleless water coolers are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. But you might be wondering what the downsides are. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of these water cooler systems for your office environment.

Advantages of Bottleless Water Coolers

Let’s start by taking a look at what advantages a bottleless water dispenser has over alternatives like bottled water delivery services.

Lower Ongoing Costs

With a bottleless water cooler dispenser, your drinking water will be significantly cheaper over time than with an alternative like a bottled water delivery service. This is because you’re filtering the water you are using on-demand from a tap. Tap water is substantially cheaper than even the cheapest bottled water, which means you’ll get clean water for pennies a gallon.

Environmentally Friendly

Going bottleless gives you access to a more environmentally friendly water dispenser. The combined environmental impact of bottle production and the delivery model of bottled water delivery services takes a toll on the environment. Going bottleless allows you to eliminate those impacts. Instead, the clean water you drink uses existing delivery networks to arrive at your building and is filtered on-demand when you need it, allowing your office to reduce its carbon footprint.

Save Space

Those stacks of unsightly bottles sitting in your office are taking up a lot of space that could be put to better use. In contrast to bottled water, a bottle free water cooler has a small footprint. By swapping to a bottle-free solution, you’ll take back that wasted space in your office, and you’ll never have to worry about where to stage your full bottles or where to store your empty bottles until the next delivery.

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No More Heavy Bottles

Going bottleless means that you’ll no longer have to wrestle those 42-lb bottles into place. Not only can the process be messy, particularly with top-loading coolers, many people simply can’t lift or drag the heavy bottles into place. In contrast, bottleless water solutions don’t require any heavy lifting to operate. With a bottleless cooler, you won’t run out of clean, filtered drinking water. The only thing you’ll have to change occasionally is the water filtration media. This makes bottleless solutions more accessible to everyone.

Disadvantages of Bottleless Coolers

When weighing the advantages and disadvantages of water cooler systems, it’s important to keep in mind that every system has tradeoffs. While going the bottle free cooler route carries several key advantages, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind.

Require Access to a Water Line

Bottleless water coolers filter tap water on-demand, which means they require access to an incoming water line. If you have easy access to a water line in your office then this isn’t a disadvantage, but it can limit where you can place your bottleless water cooler. If you aren’t sure whether a water line is available, contact our specialists at Rayne. Our technicians will make installation a breeze and will be happy to answer any questions about the installation you might have.

Require Maintenance

All filtration systems require some type of ongoing maintenance, and bottleless water coolers are no different. With a bottleless water cooler, you’ll need to change the filtration media at regular intervals. This ensures that the unit continues filtering out all of the contaminants it is supposed to. Maintenance cycles vary depending on the specific unit you end up purchasing, so be sure to talk to a technician about maintenance options.

Higher Initial Cost

Bottleless coolers require a larger initial investment than a traditional bottle-fed cooler. But that investment is rewarded with substantially lower ongoing costs than a traditional water cooler. Each glass you fill up with a bottleless cooler costs a fraction of that provided by bottled water, which allows you to reap the savings each time an employee fills their water bottle at your office. So, while the initial cost is higher, it might be a better investment and cost less over time than individual water bottles.

Closing Thoughts

Bottleless water coolers have the advantage of being more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and accessible than other clean drinking water softeners for an office environment. They also take up substantially less space than alternatives like a bottled water delivery service. 

However, bottleless coolers do require a more substantial initial investment than other alternatives, which is offset by lower ongoing costs. Like other drinking water systems, you’ll have to maintain your bottleless water cooler over time. You should also keep in mind that a bottleless water cooler will need access to a water line, which may impact where you can install it.

If you aren’t sure whether a bottleless cooler is right for your office environment, or you’d like to learn more about bottleless water coolers, contact us at Rayne Water! Our technicians have decades of experience offering the best water filtration systems on the market, and we’d love to help you find a solution that fits your needs! You can also get your water quality tested to determine if you’re in need of a filtered system, like reverse osmosis or a pure water filter. To learn more, contact us today.

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Sources:

  1. “Top Three Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water”, https://green.harvard.edu/tools-resources/green-tip/reasons-avoid-bottled-water
  2. “How Coke and Pepsi Make Millions From Bottling Tap Water, as Residents Face Shutoffs”, https://www.consumerreports.org/bottled-water/how-coke-and-pepsi-make-millions-from-bottling-tap-water-as-residents-face-shutoffs/
  3. “Water and Wastewater Annual Price Escalation Rates for Selected Cities across the United States”, https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/10/f38/water_wastewater_escalation_rate_study.pdf

 

5 Reasons You Should Switch to a Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser

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If you’re looking for a cost-effective drinking water solution for your office or business, there is simply no better option available than a bottleless water cooler. Bottleless water coolers reduce the cost of your drinking water, have a reduced environmental impact making them an environmentally friendly option, and offer the same or better protection against contaminants than other drinking water softeners. We’ll outline these reasons, and more, for why you should consider a bottleless dispenser for your office!

What is a Bottleless Water Cooler?

Bottleless water coolers occupy a similar form-factor to a traditional bottle-fed water cooler, but rather than drawing water from a bottle a bottleless cooler filters tap water on-demand. Bottleless coolers integrate one or more filtration media into the body of the cooler housing to accomplish this. For example, Rayne Water bottleless water coolers offer both reverse-osmosis and activated carbon filtration systems, which allow them to effectively reduce a wide range of contaminants.

Like a traditional water cooler, bottleless water coolers generally provide the ability to produce cold or hot filtered water. The ability to make toasty beverages with filtered water is one reason water coolers are a great addition to any office environment. So with a bottleless water cooler dispenser, you’ll have all the same functionality that a traditional water cooler dispenser provides, along with some other great benefits.

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Top Reasons to Swap to a Bottleless Water Cooler

The fact is, there are many drinking water solutions on the market for a business environment. One of the most common is a traditional bottled water delivery service, which is a paid service where an agreed-upon number of 5-gallon bottles are delivered at regular intervals. With these types of services, the empty bottles are picked up at the time of your delivery. Some services offer the use of a traditional water cooler for a small monthly rental fee, or in other cases, an office could buy the unit and simply pay for water to be delivered.

Traditional bottled water delivery is generally pretty cost-effective compared to buying personal-sized bottles of water. In some offices, coworkers will join a pool to fund the service, whereas in other office environments the business provides drinking water as a perk. Given that buying water by the jug is usually a bit cheaper than by the personal-sized bottle, why should anyone consider swapping to a bottle-free solution?

Here are our top reasons why your office can benefit from swapping to a bottleless water purification cooler:

#1: More Cost-Effective

Our number-one reason you should make the swap to a bottleless water dispenser is that you’ll save money. The cost of bottleless water coolers is embedded in the unit itself and ongoing maintenance of that unit. In a bottleless water cooler, you’ll need to replace filtration media periodically, which represents a regular ongoing cost. 

However, bottleless water coolers have a far lower ongoing cost compared to a traditional water cooler setup. That’s because tap water is simply so much cheaper than bottled water. Whereas a 5-gallon jug of filtered water might cost you $2.50, the current cost of tap water in the City of San Diego for commercial customers is $6.21 for one-hundred cubic feet (HCF) of water, which equals roughly 748 gallons. 

Once you realize how expensive filtered bottled water really is, it becomes very clear that the cost-effectiveness of filtering your own water on-demand can’t be matched. The best part is, with a Rayne Water bottleless water cooler you won’t have to sacrifice taste or safety to get access to significantly cheaper drinking water.

#2: More Environmentally Friendly

Bottled water is not an environmentally friendly drinking water solution no matter how large your bottles are. There is an environmental impact at every stage of the supply chain required to get each water bottle to your office. Those include:

The chain of environmental impacts from bottled water is ongoing since a bottled water delivery service requires your bottles to be regularly replenished. Additionally, there’s the environmental impact of what happens to those bottles when their service life has ended.

In contrast, going bottleless means you can eliminate the environmental impact of that entire water delivery model. Instead, bottleless coolers use existing water delivery infrastructure to bring pure water to the building. This alone makes bottleless water coolers a far more environmentally friendly water dispenser than a traditional water delivery model. At the same time, with a bottleless cooler, you don’t have to worry about the environmental impacts of producing bottles or disposing of them.

#3: Equal or Better Protection Against Contaminants

Which drinking water would you generally consider safer, bottled or tap? If you answered bottled, you aren’t alone. While many of us prefer the clean, filtered taste of bottled water to tap water, it would be a mistake to assume that taste means your bottled water is somehow free of contaminants. Many bottled water producers use municipal water as their base product, which they then filter, package, and sell at a significant markup.

Unfortunately, bottled water doesn’t have the same testing and reporting requirements as municipal water suppliers. Testing is often done by the company themselves, and the results of those tests are rarely accessible to the public. On the other hand, community water suppliers that do test and treat their water according to legal requirements have regular outbreaks of contaminants.

The best way to ensure that the water you are drinking is consistently contaminant-free is to filter it yourself, using proven water filtration techniques. Our Rayne Water drinking water systems integrate two different filtration methods to remove the widest range of contaminants. Reverse-osmosis filtration is widely recognized as the best available treatment for most non-organic contaminants found in your water supply. A subsequent multi-stage activated carbon filtration captures organic contaminants like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), as well as disinfectants like chlorine.

The results with a Rayne Water bottleless water cooler speak for themselves. You’ll have consistently clean drinking water every time. 

#4: Ease of Use

Bottleless cooler solutions are easier to use and more accessible for everyone. Traditional water coolers require the user to lift and load a 42-lb jug. The reality is that this is simply not realistic for many people. Individuals that have limited mobility, existing health conditions, or are simply small in stature may not be able to replenish the cooler with a fresh bottle. 

For those people who can lift 42-lbs, the act of lifting and placing the bottle correctly into the system can result in injuries. The exchange process can be challenging even under the best of circumstances, particularly for top-loading coolers.

In contrast, bottleless water coolers are accessible to everyone. There are no bottles to replace, so you’ll have continuous, on-demand access to clean drinking water.

#5: Save Space

Bottled water coolers take up a lot of space. While the unit itself is fairly compact, you also have lots of bottles, both full and empty, that you’ll need to store. While a rack can be a great way to store bottles, those take up lots of space. Leaving the bottles out on the floor isn’t much better. You can limit how much space is taken up by your bottles by scheduling more frequent deliveries, but ultimately you will need to figure out where to store full and empty bottles.

That real-estate can be put to better use. With a bottleless water cooler, you’ll only have to worry about a footprint that’s about the size of your existing cooler. Swapping to a bottleless water cooler will free up all of that space taken up storing your bottles while delivering consistently great-tasting clean water in a compact form-factor.

Closing Thoughts

Bottleless water coolers eliminate the many drawbacks of a traditional bottled water delivery service. A Rayne Water bottleless water cooler will save you money over the years due to the extremely low cost of tap water compared to bottled water. With some regular maintenance and the cost of the unit, you’ll have access to many tens of gallons of clean, filtered drinking water a day for pennies a gallon.

At the same time, bottleless solutions are more environmentally friendly than bottled water. Even 5-gallon water jugs can have a big impact on the environment, but even greater harm may come from the delivery and pickup cycle inherent in the bottled water delivery model. Plus, with a bottleless solution, you won’t have to worry about where to store your full and empty bottles in between deliveries. You’ll also get rid of those unwieldy, 42-lb bottles that many people can’t lift.

If you’re ready to learn more about our bottleless water solutions for your office, contact Rayne Water today! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you find the perfect drinking water solution for your business that can save you money and deliver consistent, great-tasting results. You can also get your water supply tested to ensure the best quality or determine if you’re in need of water filters. Water filters like reverse osmosis and pure water filtration systems can be implemented if needed.

 

Sources:

  1. “Top Three Reasons to Avoid Bottled Water”, https://green.harvard.edu/tools-resources/green-tip/reasons-avoid-bottled-water
  2. “How Coke and Pepsi Make Millions From Bottling Tap Water, as Residents Face Shutoffs”, https://www.consumerreports.org/bottled-water/how-coke-and-pepsi-make-millions-from-bottling-tap-water-as-residents-face-shutoffs/
  3. “Water and Wastewater Annual Price Escalation Rates for Selected Cities across the United States”, https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/10/f38/water_wastewater_escalation_rate_study.pdf