Water Dispenser Prices: A Quick Market Overview

It baffles me how hard it is to find water cooler pricing on the internet! This is one of the biggest markets – one would imagine this info would be readily available. Moreover – why is it so concealed? Armed with a phone and a smile – we contacted some top water cooler and purified water suppliers to get a price overview on two of the most popular water dispensers: The Free-Standing Water Cooler and the Table Top Water Cooler. We review the pricing below. Also note that in an effort to “compare apples with apples”, we have compared pricing between the closest matched machines – that being hot / cold tap functionality and machine colour. These prices are for outright purchase or rental and do not include any supplied water / product.

Disclaimer: the pricing below was obtained either via website pricing guides or telephonically; the prices are subject to change, tailoring or alteration by the supplier. This is in no form intended for malicious purpose, but rather as a general overview. While we have taken every effort to provide you with up-to-date prices, we always suggest you enquire directly. We also acknowledge that this is a broad pricing overview and that some listed companies hold, at their discretion, the power to adjust pricing as per customer requirements.


62 Waters

Free / Floor Standing Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 1 750.00

– Monthly Rental Price: R 79.00

– Price per water bottle: R 46.49

Tabletop Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 1 750.00

– Monthly Rental Price: R 79.00

– Price per water bottle: R 46.49


Pureau Water

Free / Floor Standing Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 950.00

– Monthly Rental Price: R 100.00

– Price per water bottle: R 60.00

Tabletop Water Coolers:

At present, Pureau does not supply Tabletop water coolers.



Free / Floor Standing Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 4 500.00

– Monthly Rental Price: R 150.00

– Price per water bottle: R 52.00

Tabletop Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 4 500.000

– Monthly Rental Price: R 150.00

– Price per water bottle: R 52.00


H2O International

Free / Floor Standing Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 5 950.00

– Monthly Rental Price: R 350.00 – R450.00

– Price per water bottle: R 65.00 – R85.00

Tabletop Water Coolers:

– Outright Purchase Price: R 5 850.000

– Monthly Rental Price: R R 350.00 – R450.00

– Price per water bottle: R 65.00 – R85.00

As with any kind of purchase you may be undertaking for the first time, it’s crucial you do your own, quantified homework on the product. Obviously, not every offer is going to be to your need – nor your liking. You can see in the pricing review above that purchase prices, especially, have an extensive range. Consider – and ASK – what materials are used (for example – steel VS plastic), what features the machine has, what the average lifespan of a machine is, what the maintenance requirements are and most importantly – what type of after sales service you can expect.

Something to think about: These prices vary vastly, even in this quick overview. However, we have not mentioned the rental terms or duration, nor any kind of product-subsidy for the water coolers. These may influence the pricing greatly. Some of these prices also don’t include VAT, a once-off admin fee’s, service fee’s or any other sundries one may want to consider.

It’s a good idea to ask around – find out what your friends and family are using, what they like and what they dislike about the product, service and machine. Forewarned is forearmed!

Water Dispenser Prices: South African Water Cooler Prices – A Breakdown

Wouldn’t it be nice if everything we bought came with a price breakdown, so that we knew exactly what we were paying for? It sure would! At most, you will see what portion of your total payment was VAT. But in a world where price is everything – we decided to take a closer look at what exactly influences the price f your water cooler. And it would be greedy of us not to share that, wouldn’t it? Let’s have a look.

Water Dispenser Price Influencer #1: The Water Cooler Machine

This is the largest cost component when it comes to water cooler prices. It makes perfect sense, too. A vast majority of water coolers are imported. This may seem pretty straight forward, but the costs incurred for mass purchase (widely considered the best idea to import in bulk), import taxes, customs, excise, shipping and handling and lastly, retailers profit margin. Also, barring the costs associated with importing, secondary road transport needs to be factored in, alongside the initial cost per machine. These influencing factors are vastly variable and as such, water cooler prices can be subject to change at a moment’s notice.

Water Dispenser Price Influencer #2: Machine Components

This is an exceptionally broad topic to cover. Water dispensers come in various models and options and these varied options can carry their own set of costs and complications. For starters, if your water cooler makes use of plumbed-in units, you will need to consider the components that allow for your end-product to be purified water. This can only result form an internal filter being fitted, which ads to the costs. The material to allow said machine to be plumbed-in will also drive up the price of your plumbed in unit, as well as the gas cylinder used to produce carbonated drinks.

Water Dispenser Price Influencer #3: Delivery

This is a cost component most companies are all to happy to gloss over. Even your “free deliveries” need some sort of subsidisation – nobody can afford to pay petrol and wage-costs out of their own pockets. Bare in mind your location and delivery charges associated with delivery to your area when factoring in transportation costs for your water cooler prices.

Water Dispenser Price Influencer #4: Water / Product Usage

A great business model to employ to benefit both the company and the consumer has, for the longest time, been tailored to suit both parties’ needs as closely as possible. This is a huge influencing factor in terms of water dispenser pricing. Companies are able to place your water cooler rental on contracts which have been devised for either home of office use. Consider that you will likely pay a higher rental price if you use a lower amount of water in a month, as opposed to a product-subsidised rental. If you are using a plumbed-in unit, your municipal water costs are another factor to consider as thee type of units cannot be rented out or bought on a product-subsidised contract or pricing plan.

Now that you’ve got the main influencers on pricing for your water coolers, perhaps now is a good time to consider what type of water dispenser is your best fit :-)

Water Cooler Types: Your Choices, Explained

It’s quite interesting to see the different types of water coolers and water dispensers available on the market today, for both home use as well as office use. We all like to be informed of our choices, so sit back and enjoy having your options laid out for your consideration.

Floor Standing Water Dispenser floor standing water cooler

This is the “office cooler” we are all familiar with; the free-standing water cooler has been around for many years and is still the most popular type of water cooler on the market. This is either testament to the fact that they are the hardest wearing type of water cooler, or that people stick with what they know. These types of coolers usually only require a 3-point plug outlet and your supplier’s water bottle, it’s plug-and-play really. Usually not higher than 1m (without the bottle), they do require sufficient floor space and also require free overhead room, once the bottle has been fitted. Also, it seems to be a great meeting spot, so put it in a place you don’t mind people being social :-) This machine has stood the test of time, as we see that the initial model and functionality have simply been tweaked and improved upon. Proof that the wheel doesn’t always need reinventing. Great for use in both homes and offices, queuing area’s and pause rooms – where you need piping hot and ice cold water on demand.

Tabletop Water Cooler product-aquacooler-small-silver

This is the cool, “mini-me” version of the original floor standing water cooler. What makes this little machine so awesome? Well, it’s basically a condensed version of a floor-standing water dispenser. This allows you the freedom to place your water cooler on counter-tops, which especially comes in handy if you live in a space-restricted apartment and would much rather use that space for a vegetable rack, or the likes. It requires the same outlets as it’s predecessor (3-point plug outlet and sufficient overhead space to comfortably fit your water bottle on during replacing); it performs the same function and looks pretty cute! It also uses the same amount of electricity as a floor standing water dispenser. This would be a great application anywhere the Floor Standing water cooler is used – the likes of offices, homes, boardrooms etc. and even better if you have any type of space constraint. The hot water functionality can be disconnected without any effort, and turned back on as and when you need it.

Plumbed-In Water Cooler (Floor Standing and Tabletop)  product-aqa-so-upproduct-aqa-slim






This is a relatively new concept; a machine which is fitted into your existing plumbing structure to produce fresh, ice-cold water from your own water source! These are also available in two main varieties: your floor standing plumbed-in unit and your table top plumbed-in unit. Given the considerable difference in size, they will have relevant different levels of output. The free-standing unit will have a larger cooling / heating reservoir, and as such, be able to yield a higher amount of chilled water as opposed to your table top, plumbed-in water cooler. Some plumbed-in machines have an output capacity of a whopping 19 litres per hour! Their functionality differs slightly, too. Some table top plumbed-in water dispensers are able to carbonate your water and do not necessarily require full-on plumbing: they can also be connected to an independent water bottle (great idea if your municipal water supply is dwindling, under restriction or of optimised quality) – which also allows for further flexibility in terms of where it can be stored / placed. The table top water dispensers have such an extensive application that I will only highlight some of their stand-out features. If you are a restaurateur, a salon owner or even someone who entertains a lot – a plumbed in water solution with gas cylinder may allow for you to serve your clientèle carbonated water with your own branded bottled (you might even flavour the water with your favourite cordial). Similarly, you can dramatically cut your water expenses by using your municipal plumbed-in supply. Something to consider, yes?

Whichever machine suits your needs and makes your life that little bit more convenient is the right application for you. Always remember these top 4 considerations when renting or purchasing a water cooler: Do I have a steady water supply if I choose to install a plumbed-in unit? Do I have space restrictions? Where will I be using this machine? And finally – does it have the functionality YOU want?

How does my Water Cooler Work?

Finding out the inner workings of anything is fascinating to most of us, and considering the popularity water coolers have gained over the past few years and months – who wouldn’t want to know how their water cooler works? We’ll explain :-)

It All Starts with the Water Cooler Bottle water cooler

You’re familiar with the 20-something litre bottles that accompany your water cooler. There are so many various processes for cleaning and purifying the water within, it’s a whole other topic by itself. Anyway, when you place that bottle onto the podium where it is “punctured”, the water quickly fills a reservoir built into your water cooler. This is where the magic starts to happen…

Water Cooler Reservoir water cooler reservoir

This really is one of the most critical parts of any water cooler. Have you noticed that when you add your water bottle to the water cooler, the water level immediately starts to decrease even though you haven’t yet dispensed any water? This is the reservoir refilling. It’s also evident when your bottle of water finishes, but you can still dispense a small amount of water out the tap. This is basically an internal “fridge” for your water cooler and is the “main house” where all the icy-cold magic happens.

Water Cooler Chilling System water chilling

There are many variants for chilling water within the internal reservoir, but we will focus on the common ones. The two most common methods are an internal chilling coil, which has gas circulating throughout and chills the water surrounding it. The other popular choice is an ice bank. I use this term loosely, as it is more resemblant of being an ice-doughnut. Same principle with different technology – water coolers that make use of an ice bank to chill the water may require less electricity input than the coil-mechanism water coolers.

How does a water cooler chill the water and keep it cold? keep water cool

Both of the elements listed above tie in harmoniously to produce a constant flow of “air-conditioned” water :-) The reservoir fills with your purified, bottled water, the internal coil or “ice-doughnut” chills your water to the exact temperature it is set to, and retains that temperature throughout the day by means of thermostat control.

That could also explain why you hear a “click” and light buzzing from your water cooler for a few minutes each day. This is simply the thermostat kicking in to get the water temperature regulated again.


Water Cooler Magic water cooler magic

There you have it! You can now officially explain to anyone who asks exactly how your water cooler can produce super-chilled water at the touch of a lever. Use it as your next party trick!

Water Questions with Answers: Your Top 5 Most Common Water Questions

With Aquazania having been in the business of hydration for close on 5 decades, we have been approached with every question imaginable. We have addressed some of these questions to make your life a little bit easier! If you have other questions you feel may have been more deserving of a spot in the Top 5, please feel free to post them in our comments section below.

Where do we get bottled water from? where does my water come from

We’re aware this question is at the tip of everyone’s tongues. Some companies make use of naturally occurring spring water; these companies are fortunate to be in a geographical location that allows for this. However, Aquazania sustainably sources it’s water from municipal supplies as well as back-up reservoirs, specifically designed and built to ensure water supply even in a crisis. The water undergoes rigorous and varied filtration processes to ensure the best possible water quality, purification and the best possible taste.

Is it safe to leave bottled water in your car / in the sun? bottle of water in the sun

Plastic components often release harmful chemicals into the product they contain, especially when they are in direct sunlight or exposed to higher than normal temperatures. The main culprit and cause for concern stems from BPA chemicals present in some plastic bottles. You can rest assured that Aquazania supplies you with only the healthiest options in both our water as wellas our equipment. A quick crash course: BPA is an industrial-strength chemical that has been around since the early ’60’s. The FDA has raised concerns around the effects BPA can have on the brain, prostate, and unborn children, and advise consumers to seek out non-BPA products. Instead, we make use of PET to produce our water bottles. PET – short for Polyethylene Terephthalate, which is a far safer and recyclable form of plastic which is non-toxic and entirely sustainable.

What is in my drinking water? what is in my drinking water

It’s great that customers are reaching this level of awareness as to what they put into their bodies. And all this acronym-infused jargon can be a little overwhelming, but these are the questions that really should be answered. Other than the normal chemicals found in tap water , we should consider the TDS levels: TDS stands for “Total Dissolved Solids” and is an indicator of how many residual solid components are present in the water, almost self-explanatory. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has advised that the maximum TDS allowance in drinking water should never exceed 50PPM (Parts Per Million). We are proud to confirm that our TDS levels never exceed 40PPM, thus solidifying and re-affirming the efficacy of our filtration process.

Water Coolers for Home: Can I rent a water cooler to use at home? home water cooler

Short answer: absolutely yes! I would actually recommend having a water cooler in your home, especially as an alternative source for drinking water while South Africa experiences water shortages. We offer various contracts which are tailored to suit every possible need and we offer free delivery to all major cities on scheduled delivery dates.

How much does water delivery cost?

cost of water

Nothing. We use rotational delivery dates, usually on a weekly basis, for all major areas. You will receive an e-mail before you are due to receive your delivery of water; if you do not respond to that e-mail, one of our friendly Customer Service agents will contact you telephonically to confirm if you require water on your scheduled delivery day for your area. If you require water to be delivered out of your normal delivery date sequence, you can call any of our Customer Service Agents on 0861 278 292 and place a water order for next day delivery – at no additional charge.

That concludes our Top 5 most common questions. Remember, the more questions we get – the more we will be able to answer. You can find us on facebook , our website or you can post your comment below. We look forward to hearing form all our Zanians!

Water Filtration Systems: A Beginners Guide

Water Filtration Systems: A Beginners Guide

We hear terminology every day that we kinda-sorta understand, but in actual fact we have no idea what they mean. Like “Reverse Osmosis” or “Hard Filtration”. We have taken Aquazania’s complete water filtration system as reference – if you have other terminology you would like explained please feel free to to contact us on our facebook page. So, if you are a person who likes to use big words to make themselves sound more photosynthesis, read on :)

Water Filtration System #1: Silica and Sediment Filtration water filtration process

When we refer to “hard-filtration”, this is the first step of that process. This filtration process helps to eliminate your larger foreign and unwanted bodies. The water is filtered through sterile sand, which is replaced after every batch to ensure there is no breeding ground for bacteria once it has been removed form this initial filtration process.



Water Filtration System #2: Granular Activated Carbon Filtration water filtration process

This process alone comprises of 7 separate stages. The carbon is also replaced after each batch to ensure reduced risk of the spread of captured bacteria. To clarify further, it is Activated Carbon in a granular form which acts as the filter, and this also falls into the category.



Water Filtration System #3: Ultra Fine Mechanical Filtration water filtration process

Once the water has gone through the two larger hard-filtration processes, it then needs to go through the final hard-filtration process, which is far smaller and finer. Ultra Fine Mechanical Filtration is exactly what it sounds like: 1 micron cartridges are used, six times over. This ensures that every last micro-particle or organism is removed from your water in it’s entirety.



water filtration processWater Filtration System #4: The Most Popular – Reverse Osmosis Filtration

This sounds like such an overly-fancy term, when it’s actually not. If you can imagine the previous three steps as starting out – from biggest to smallest – removing the largest particles, then the medium ones, all the way through to the smallest possible particles. Once that is done, reverse osmosis can start. It removes particles smaller than the human eye can detect – including ions. It helps to understand what Osmosis is before we go more in-depth with what Reverse-Osmosis is. Osmosis can be described as the bonding of two separate particles into one. Now, Reverse Osmosis is exactly the opposite of that; water = H2O, right? That’s two Hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom. These two atoms are separated during Reverse Osmosis which allows for unwanted particles to be filtered out. This drastically affects the taste of the waters (which makes sense – the molecular structure of a substance is being altered so it will taste different).



water filtration processWater Filtration System #5: Mineral Re-injection

This step is vital, because of it’s preceding purification process. As we mentioned, Reverse Osmosis completely changes the taste of the water, which we don’t want. Mineral re-injection allows us to add naturally occurring flavours to the water, along with adding some health benefits. The minerals used are Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium – all in safe and controlled quantities, of course.



water filtration process

Water Filtration System #6: Ozone Sterilization

Just to be 100%, completely sure water is as safe as possible, ozone sterilization is conducted by means of injecting ozone-gas directly into the pre-treated water. This helps to remove the last bits of unwanted components from the water – including Iron, Manganese, micro-organisms, bacteria and viruses. These organism are killed due to the highly-effective oxidizing properties brought about by the pressurised ozone gas.

Aquazania also performs bottle sterilization in three stages; this process also affects the quality of the water, as well as the taste, but because it does not fall into the category of water sterilization itself- we will let you read more about it directly form our website.

We hope you feel more empowered and aware of how much effort it takes to non-chemically treat water to a point where it retains an excellent taste, as well as health benefits.

Feel free to contact us, or leave reply below if you have any questions you would like our experts to advise you on.

Water Coolers: Rent-to-Own VS Rental

A lifelong debate, renting VS owning. Whether it’s your home, a car- all the way down to water coolers. It is a complicated, tricky and confusing decision to have to make – especially on your own. We’d like to share some industry knowledge below and invite you to pose any relative questions we might be able to assist you with.

Rent-to-Own: Water Coolers Explained rent to own water coolers

Rent to own, in it’s most basic form, is the purchase of a water cooler through a financial institution (who has bought and paid for the cooler in full to the supplier / retailer). The financial institution who has bought the cooler holds you personally liable for repayments directly to them. Now, bear in mind interest rates, inflation – all those ugly economy and finance-related words. Yes, they all apply here- but at the end of the day (or fixed term of repayment, rather) – the cooler is absolutely yours!

Usually, while you are repaying, you will not be covered by the supplier for any service or maintenance requirements, and this may become a costly exercise in the long run. Read the fine print or speak to a consultant from that company to make sure you know if you will receive any perks – or if it is as good as an outright purchase (meaning you reap no rewards pother than renting and eventually owning the cooler). Also remember that when you are renting-to-own, it’s the same as driving a financed vehicle; you cannot swap out the cooler if you are not happy with it (i.e. – it is too large, consumes too much power etc.) This can leave you in a predicament if the problem you encounter is serious enough. In terms of repayment and due to the fact the cooler will be financed through a third party – remember that that you will be paying additional interest rates and other surcharges. In general, it is not recommended that you purchase a water cooler outright.

Regular Rental: Water Cooler rental water coolers

Most water cooler companies have various rental options which can be tailored to suit your specific needs. More often than not, the company will take into consideration your weekly / monthly water consumption and use your product purchase to subsidise your machine rental monthly amount.

Be wary and always, always “read between the lines”. Some pricing options require a minimum purchase (if you can’t keep up with the minimum monthly order requirement – then is it really worth it? Is it even the right option for you?) If you opt for a regular equipment rental with no minimum product usage requirements, your monthly rental price is usually higher, which makes perfect sense. “Included in your monthly rental fee” – this may very well be the most important section of your rental contract you need to read. Does it include maintenance / repairs? Is there insurance included in that? What rental term have you agreed to – and what happens if you decide you no longer want that cooler before your term is up? What is the administration fee, and do you pay it whenever you renew your contract? Do you get any “leeway” time in which to decide if you are happy with the product and how it works?

These factors all need to be carefully considered before you rent. Always, always read the fine print and ask as many questions as you need to. Just because it isn’t considered a “luxury” item, you have as much right to ask the same kind – and amount – of questions as you would when renting a penthouse apartment in Manhattan.

So- which option should I go for? rent to own water coolers

In my honest opinion – I would always suggest weighing up your options and thoroughly considering the following points: If you are familiar with the workings of a water cooler and don’t mind carrying out occasional running repairs (and if you have the money available) – then renting-to-own isn’t a bad idea. If you prefer having support on call and the option to change machines according to your changing needs, then regular rental is a good idea.

Always see “what’s in it for you” and choose a solution that fits YOUR needs.

Water Prices: Water Cooler VS Bottled Water

It’s interesting to see how the general public’s interest in water has piqued over the last few months. It could be attributed to the water shortage South Africa has faced recently, or perhaps even a general curve in people’s consideration to their health – and their pockets. We have done a quick overview on the cost of renting a water cooler against the price of bottled water; you may find the results interesting.

How much water should I be drinking?

This is the first issue associated with water costs that we need to examine. We have been told for the longest time we require a daily intake of 8 glasses (2 litres) of water per day. We cannot assume anyone drinks this much every single day, so we have calculated the costing at half of that – being 1 litre per person, per day.

How do I calculate how much I spend on drinking water? calculate water costs

For water coolers we have included average monthly rental prices and cost per bottle of water.
For bottled water we have included an average pricing per bottle of water.

What is the cost of Water Coolers per month?

water cooler cost per month

Assuming you live in a household with an average of 4 people; your daily consumption would average out at 4 litres per day, weekly at 28 litres and monthly at 124 litres. That is a lot of water!
Your average water cooler rents out at R150.00 per month and each bottle costs an average of R55.00 for around +/- 20 litres. So, for your average household you are looking to spend in the region of R 500.00 for your water cooler as well as the water itself. For a family of 4 that is not bad going at all. Even doubling that amount to meet the daily required intake of 2 litres per person, per day, would result in you paying approximately R 1000.00 for that same household. Not too shabby.

bottled water priceWhat is the cost of Bottled Water per month?

Excluding brand-specifics and differences in prices from chain stores VS convenience stores, we have taken an average of R 15.00 per 1.5 litre bottle of water. Working on the same basis of a 4 person household consuming 4 litres per day, you could expect to pay a whopping R 1860.00 per month! If you were to increase your consumption to the suggested daily intake of 2 litres per day, you’d be looking to pay up to R 3700.00.

bottled water lastWater Cooler VS Bottled Water? water cooler cost

This basic calculation has revealed some shocking results. I never would have guessed such a common commodity could end up costing us so much! Considering the risks of drinking tap water, South Africans definitely need to look at alternative sources of drinking water. It’s quite easy to see that side-by-side cost comparisons can really open our eyes to what water really costs.

Consider these costs before making any decisions – if you are someone who only drinks a cup or two per day – this won’t really impact you. But if you have a high-consumption household, are looking for office water solutions or use a considerable amount of water – perhaps look at your water cooler rental options. Most companies can tailor your rental terms to suit you best.

Tap Water VS Purified Water: An Inconvenient Truth

Many of us watched Carte Blanche’s insert this past Sunday with mounting fear over the water shortage South Africa is currently in the midst of. However, more alarms have been raised as to the quality of the water that IS available. Closer inspection revealed some disturbing occurrences of blue-green algae being present in the majority of our inland water supplies. This is a concern which needs to be addressed, but once options are considered, we realise it’s a lot harder than what we think. We decided to compile some key differences in Tap Water, rivalled against purified water (non brand specific) in a general overview.

Tap Water Chemicals: What Are They? And what else is in my tap water?  tap water chemicals

There is an undeniable taste in tap water; most describe it as tasting like chlorine. Healthguidance.org revealed the common chemicals used to treat water and, not surprisingly, listed chlorine as the top most common chemical present in our drinking water. Further to that, the other most common element found in tap water is lead. Lead is absorbed into the water when it passes through corroded metal pipes and taps, and is absorbed by the body once the water is ingested. The complications that can arise out of excess lead are quite daunting. However, the presence of Giardia and Cryptosporidium are most concerning. These two bodies are responsible for widespread and severe outbreaks of gastro-intestinal diseases. They make their way into water systems with great ease, wherever there has been a sufficient lack of sanitisation – and can spread exceptionally fast. Furthermore, the presence of Cyanobacteria has far reaching effects itself; basically, when water with this ever-abundant blue-green algae is treated with chlorine, it reacts in such a manner that the algae starts to multiply in an effort to defend itself. I’m sure you can imagine the trouble that could cause…

Turbidity: A Test You can do Yourself water tubidity

I think this is the quickest way to make someone aware of what they might be drinking when they open up the tap for a refreshment. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness of a normally clear drink. The difference between cloudy apple juice and clear apple juice could be an appropriate description for the difference in Tap Water VS Purified Water. The turbidity of a clear fluid is an indication of un-dissolved and (eeeek!) unclassified sediment lingering in your water. You may have noticed this sometime after having water restored to previously interrupted water supplies and may be something to experiment with next time you have purified water and a glass of tap water to examine.

Shocking Substances: Drug Waste Present in Samples of South African Drinking Water drug waste in water

Before you freak out and run off to buy a home drug-test, relax. You’re not going to get high drinking tap water. A study conducted by Professor Hugh Patterton from the University of Stellenbosch revealed a low-level presence of drug compounds, such as antidepressants, anti-retrovirals and antibiotics in various sources of drinking water. While Talk Radio 702 has highlighted this recently as an area of concern, further studies will need to be conducted into this matter and the long term, low level exposure of the drug and its impact on consumers.


Where is South Africa on the Global List of Safe Drinking Water?

global ranking water south africa

Despite all the areas of concern we’ve seen above, South Africa is still classed as one of the Top 12 countries, globally, to have safe drinking water, according to News24.com . However, considering the latest reports stating this fact were last published in 2013 may also raise some alarm bells.



So, what should we do? what should i do now

Whether you drink brand-name, imported mineral water or drink from the tap – chances are that somewhere in your day, you’ll ingest tap water. Small amounts are insignificantly harmful, while larger amounts may have more of an effect. However, considering the water shortage South Africa is facing at present, I would consider buying more alternatively-sourced and treated water. This would be in an attempt to conserve or water supplies as well as reduce the risk of illness; if a water cooler with alternatively sourced water is out of your range, simple gadgets that can attach to your kitchen tap can be fitted as an alternative; they will remove major turbidity-causing sediment and filter most of the unwanted components form your tap water. Hard-filtration home systems and water filtration jugs could also be an option. In short, I would suggest, at the very least, treating your drinking water with some sort of filtration first, or moving entirely to mineral, bottled, purified or alternatively sourced water. For your own health!