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Tuesday, 19 March

Choosing a Water Cooler

If you procure soft services including water for the buildings you serve, here are our four tips for making the best choices - and details of an upcoming exhibition which is complemented by a conference where the keynote speaker is trans-Atlantic rower, Debra Searle - pictured above

 

Tip 1

Water coolers are the sustainable choice

Water coolers are highly sustainable and that applies to bottled water coolers as well as mains fed coolers. Bottles are collected, cleansed and reused many times over whilst main fed coolers of course use water from the mains.

 

Tip 2

Remember, not all water coolers are equal

Whichever style of water cooler you choose, make sure of one thing. Choose a supplier that is a Member of the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) which  is the leading trade body ensuring top standards of safety and hygiene. BWCA Members must adhere to strict Codes of Practice and best conduct and are independently audited annually. By dealing with a BWCA Member you are getting the best. To find a BWCA member company - Click Here http://www.bwca.org.uk/find-a-member.php

 

Tip 3

Choosing the type of cooler

Whether you choose a mains fed or bottled water cooler depends on your building’s needs. Points to consider are:

Bottled Water Coolers

Do you have space to store bottles?

Are staff willing and able to lift the bottles?

If storing bottles, is the storage area away from direct sunlight, clean, dry and devoid of chemicals?

Is it important to you to have natural or spring water which some bottled water cooler providers can offer?

Is there a relatively small number of people using the cooler or someone readily able to keep an eye on the need for replacement?

Is access easy for delivery and collection of bottles?

Main-fed Coolers - also known as Plumbed in units

Do you have plumbing at the point where you need the cooler?

Are the building users happy to have the cooler in a fixed spot with no flexibility to move it on a frequent basis?

Is it important that you don’t have to store and handle bottles of water?

Are you seeking a lower cost option? POU coolers are usually cheaper to run?

 

 

Tip 4

Opt for a one-stop-shop when making your selection

If procurement is on your list this year, make a date to visit the major water cooler trade show – the British Water Cooler Association Trade Show on the afternoon of Thursday 8 March in Nottingham for a one-stop-shop showing the best and latest water cooler technology from around the world. Free to attend and with free parking and refreshments, this is a great means of getting information (plus a glass of water or a cuppa) quickly and efficiently without the usual drudgery of visiting large general purpose trade shows.

For details visit www.bwca.org.uk

 

 

Booking

Booking is open for the BWCA conference which takes place in Nottingham on the morning of Thursday 8 March 2018.

To book for the conference and dinner or register for the trade show - Click Here

The trade show held in the afternoon is free and complimentary refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon.

Picture: The conference theme - The Journey - is taken from the title of a book by the keynote speaker, trans-Atlantic rower, Debra Searle

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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