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British Water Cooler Association

The British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) was established in 1989 to represent the interests of the water cooler industry in the UK.

The organisation is a Media Partner to ThisWeekinFM, supplying news and comment on hydration and employee wellbeing.

The BWCA's mission is to ensure that its Members offer the highest standards of quality, safety and hygiene to the consumer together with an unimpeachable product and service.

The BWCA facilitates the exchange of technical, scientific and regulatory information between Industry Members and related bodies and serves as the authoritative source of information (other than statistical) concerning the water cooler industry.

For continued membership and accreditation, Members must adhere to strict Bylaws, Codes of Practice and the Code of Advertising and Conduct and are audited for compliance annually by 3rd party inspection organisations.


The BWCA has close and ongoing relationships with key national and local government departments and agencies including the FSA, DEFRA, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards and Environmental Health Departments.


At a European level, the BWCA is a Member of the European Bottled Watercooler Association (EBWA). The BWCA takes a key executive role in the activities of EBWA which represents the interests of several hundred companies in the water cooler industry throughout Western and Eastern Europe in relation to EU directives and regulations.

Latest News

BWCA Wins Two International Awards

The British Water Cooler Association has won first prize in two prestigious Aqua Awards – the international awards scheme run by WaterCoolers Europe (WE).

The categories BWCA entered were:

- Best Promotion of Health & Hydration – won first prize!

- Best Environmental Practice/Green Initiative – won first prize!

Votes for all five categories came from a combination of the votes from the WE jury, the National Association jury and votes from the website.  The trophies were presented to Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, BWCA General Manager who attended the ceremony with the immediate past Chairman of BWCA John Dundon. The new BWCA Chairman, Jon Wicks, was not able to be present.

The Health & Hydration Award recognised the benefits of a series of 6 Hydration Fact Sheets produced by the BWCA for various professions, advising them on hydration, safety and standards and the need to choose an accredited BWCA member.

The Best Environmental Practice/Green Initiative Award to BWCA recognised the value to the sector of is ‘5 for  5 Pledge’ – a scheme which asks Members to improve still further over five areas – Environment, Water Management, Social, Financial and Workplace, including employee well-being. The Pledge is designed to encourage not only improvements but to celebrate what is already being done in these categories so that Member companies can demonstrate to customers just how strong are the sustainability credentials of the sector and of individual companies.

You can view all the entries here.


Bricks And Water - Why Water Matters For Construction Workers

A new publication has been launched by the British Water Cooler Association which focuses on keeping construction teams well hydrated in line with your duties under the CDM Regulations.

Construction workers wearing hot, protective clothing are vulnerable to dehydration – even as the weather cools. As part of a series of hydration fact sheets called Why Water Matters... The BWCA has just published ‘Why Water Matters for Construction Workers’, reminding businesses that, by law, they must provide healthy hydration in the workplace.  

Dehydration can affect concentration and impair performance. On a busy construction site, this may lead to mistakes and accidents that should be avoidable.

The new fact sheet describes the best means of providing on-site hydration and gives useful advice on using and choosing a water cooler.

Supplying essential refreshments to workers on-site can often best be done by using water coolers. On sites not yet connected to the mains – for example on major new build or infrastructure projects - bottled water coolers can be the only means of supplying potable water in an economical and convenient way. 

Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, BWCA General Manager, said: “Coolers and bottles must be kept clean and bottles of water stored correctly. Make sure you deal with a British Water Cooler Association accredited member,, who must adhere to the stringent BWCA hygiene guidelines for the peace of mind that brings”.

Atkinson-Clow added: “Staff are a key resource so it’s important to keep them hydrated, alert, efficient and happy. With this in place, business is likely to thrive and something as simple as a water cooler can make a big contribution to the health and well-being of staff”.

A quick visual guide on checking whether you are correctly hydrated is available and. as this is a colour-coded chart, the guide is useful even for those for whom English is not a first language.

For the Fact Sheet Click Here


Solo Atlantic Rower Debra Searle shares her strategies for success as BWCA's conference keynote speaker

Solo Atlantic Rower Debra Searle is to be the keynote speaker at the main annual event for the water cooler industry, the British Water Cooler Association conference and trade show 2018.

The event’s theme will be: The Journey. The theme is taken from Ms Searle’s book of the same name describing her trans-Atlantic rowing feat. The BWCA event takes place on 8 March 2018 at the Nottingham Belfry.

The Times named Debra Searle 'Britain's latest sporting heroine' and she will be sharing with BWCA members the highs and lows of her Atlantic row and her strategies for success.

Debra Searle said: “When I was alone on the Atlantic I developed a whole toolkit of mental strategies that helped me to keep my oars in motion.  Back on dry land, I became completely reliant on these strategies as tools to achieve success in my businesses and in day to day life."

She went on to say: “A study into the behaviour of top performers found that 15% of their success can be attributed to their skill level but 85% is down to their attitude.  I believe that if we can tap into that and start to proactively choose our attitude, then we can achieve more than we ever dreamed of, whether that be in our businesses or for personal goals."  She added: "Employing these tools and techniques has changed my life and my businesses forever, and I hope they can for you too."

Debra first hit the news headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband.  Unfortunately he had to be rescued so Debra, a novice rower, continued alone and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks but, to achieve her goal, Debra ended up spending 3½ months alone at sea, encountering 30' waves, sharks, and force 8 squalls in her 23-foot plywood boat.

Since returning from this adventure, Debra has gone on to undertake solo and team expeditions across the globe, including canoeing the Yukon River for a BBC documentary with Bruce Parry, sailing the Southern Ocean, and racing in the Monte Carlo Rally in a 1957 Alfa Romeo.

Debra Searle has launched four companies, is a published author and has worked as a presenter for the BBC. Debra’s spirit of adventure gained her an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Her Majesty the Queen and a place on the board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She was later awarded an MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) in the 2014 New Year’s Honours. In Spring 2015, Debra and her company combined her two passions for adventure and gender equality by organising and leading an all-female team on an expedition in the Arctic Circle.  Debra concludes: "When you choose your attitude anything - absolutely anything - is possible."

Other speakers

Other speakers at the BWCA conference will include Karen Wells of Zenith Global, revealing the latest industry market data; Phillipa Atkinson-Clow talking about her 25 years at the helm of the Association; and Brendan Hanlon, from Just a Drop, celebrating with Members the Association’s continuing efforts in support of his charity in bringing clean water sources to villagers in Africa. The Master of Ceremonies at the event will be the BWCA’s new Chairman, to be elected in October.

Booking details for conference delegates and for exhibitors will be available shortly.


Members on their bikes for charity

WaterLogic, a member of the BWCA, is supporting the Association’s chosen charity, Just a Drop as well as the company’s own chosen good cause, the Make a Wish Foundation.

The latest in a series of fund-raising efforts by BWCA members is the initiative of the Milton Keynes Model Helicopter Club. Waterlogic’s Kevin Matthews is the Club Secretary and Treasurer. He pulled together colleagues and Club members to complete the London to Brighton Cycle Ride  on 17th September.

The team comprised: Kevin Matthews; Baz Wooton, Chairman of the club; Bob Buttery, Phil Emerton  Andy Kirby,  club safety officer Dave Young and BWCA chairman and  MD of Waterlogic John Dundon. Waterlogic UK has also generously sponsored the entrance fees, funded  t/shirts and provided support for transport. Other members are helping with the training as they cannot be on the ride. Northgate Vehicle Hire has sponsored a mini-bus.

Louise Geoghegan, Events & Partnerships Manager of Just a Drop said: “We’re very grateful for all of the incredible fundraising efforts undertaken by BWCA members, the latest of which is Waterlogic’s sponsored cycle! Best of luck to those taking part and a huge thank you, your efforts will transform the lives of many with clean water and sanitation.”

Just a Drop is an international water development charity bringing clean safe water and sanitation projects to communities, transforming lives. This is the second year that BWCA has supported the charity and already the Association and its Members have funded two new water sources in Africa, transforming the lives of people in two villages.

To support the team, Click Here


The British Water Cooler Association has launched a series of hydration fact sheets which FMs can offer to building users.

There are currently six fact sheets, describing ‘Why Water Matters for...’ a range of sectors:

·      Hotels.

·      Food service and catering workers.

·      Children.

·      Construction workers.

·      Public sector workers.

·      Salons and spas.

These provide information of the hydration benefits offered by water coolers and reminding us that the BWCA is the leading Association representing those who supply and distribute water coolers and related products and services. The Association sets rigorous standards of hygiene and safety for their Members through mandatory audits.

The hydration fact sheets also describe the importance of promoting healthy hydration for staff and other building users. The fact sheets give advice on choosing the correct coolers for particular needs and locations and the factors to take into account in choosing a mains-fed or bottled water cooler for particular requirements.

Finally, each fact sheet includes is a simple visual, colour-coded guide helping people to check whether they are correctly hydrated.

If you would like to request copies of the fact sheets, email specifying in the subject box the title of the Fact Sheet(s) you require.



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