So you’ve invested in a water dispenser for your home or your office – good going! Now, you’re getting a little tired of paying for those bottles of water to be delivered to your home or office each week – and you want to know if you can refill your own bottles with tap water. Well, you’ve raised a valid question – let’s address it
Refilling and Fitting Bottles with Tap Water
Your first hurdle may be filling your 20 odd litre water-bottle; some of them are fitted with caps and covered with replaceable stickers after the supplier refills each bottle. In a case like this, it might be easier to do if you have a similar sticker you can place over the previous puncture. Make sure this is fitted properly or the exercise could end in disaster. If your supplier uses “whole” bottle lids, this might be even harder to achieve. Whatever method you use, make sure the material you use to re-seal the bottle will not leave any mess, residue, glue or funny taste in your water.
Will Tap Water Damage my Water Cooler?
Most water supplying companies warn against using tap or regular filtered water in the water cooler; this isn’t necessarily to push their sales up, but more to keep the life span of you water cooler in check. See, when you use tap water or filtered water, you’re not guaranteed to have removed all the particles necessary to keep your machine in tip-top shape. The tap water likely contains lime-scale building components. Having a lime-scale build up in your water cooler has direct effects on the taste and quality of the water dispensed from that machine, including an off-taste as well as visible build-up on the metallic components of the machine that water has come into contact with.
Is there another alternative?
Simple answer; always! Why bother refilling your own bottles, finding the right size sealing cap and struggling to get that hefty bottle back onto the dispenser without spilling it everywhere. Consider this; if the taste and premium quality of your water is not a major concern to you – which, if you are already doing this – is not – then why don’t you get rid of your free-standing water dispenser and opt for a plumbed-in unit? It’s bound to save you hassle, time and energy. See, it will be fitted by a professional; it contains an internal water filtration system – so even though you’re still drinking tap water – it will have been through a few purification processes already, so even that small step-up upgrades your water quality significantly. Also, some plumbed-in machines have fancy options! Some cool and heat your water – while the higher ranges can go so far as carbonating your water. Why limit yourself by refilling your own water bottles when you could optimise your situation?
Should I refill my own water bottles?
Answer this for me: is the quality of your water and the taste of utmost importance to you? If you even hesitated and possible gravitated towards “no” – then I would suggest immediately considering a plumbed-in unit. It’s not wrong to have a different want or taste to the next person – so choose what your priority is and there will certainly be a solution that fits your lifestyle and pocket.
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