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5 Reasons You Should Switch to a Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser

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 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.

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 those bottles to your office. Those include:

  • Extraction of raw materials for the production of the bottles;
  • Pollution and emissions resulting from producing the bottles and transporting them to be filled;
  • Emissions from the filtration and filling process;
  • Emissions from transporting the bottles to your office.

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 from 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 the 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.

 

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