Renting a Water Cooler vs Buying Water from The Shops: Costs Compared

Renting a Water Cooler vs Buying Water from The Shops: Costs Compared

Office Water Cooler | Aquazania

With water becoming one of the most talked about subjects on our planet, due to its increasing scarcity because of global warming. South Africa is no different. Especially since we have recently faced real water shortages. This overview deals with the cost of renting a water cooler against the price of bottled water. You will 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.

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

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?

Assuming you live in a household with an average of 4 people; your daily consumption would average of 2 litres each per day,that is 8 litres per day, weekly at 56 litres and monthly at 224 litres.

Your average water cooler rents out at R150.00 per month and each bottle costs an average of R60.00 for around +/- 20 litres. So, for your average household you are looking to spend in the region of R820.00 for your water cooler as well as the water itself. For a family of 4 that is not bad going at all.

Buying water from the shops at an average of R7.00 for 500ml x 124L works out per month for the same household of 4 people to R 1736 per month! And you have the extra inconvenience of all those plastic bottles, so bad for the environment and global warming.

This little exercise shows you clearly that renting a water cooler is by far the most cost effective choice.

Disclaimer: The prices listed herein are accurate at the time of publication, but may be subject to change without prior notice and may or may not include VAT, delivery or installation charges. These products are stocked, rented and sold by Aquazania and similar products by other enterprises may differ in price and functionality.

Best Water Cooler Suppliers in South Africa

Best Water Cooler Suppliers in South Africa

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There are many suppliers of good water coolers in the country. Something important to remember when you buy a water cooler is the quality of the after-sales service.

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. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: what materials are used (for example – steel VS plastic), what features the machine has, what the average lifespan of a machine is etc.

These prices vary. 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, a service fee or any other sundries which may be hidden.

We take the top 3 major suppliers and compare their pricing.

These prices are for outright purchase or rental and do not include any supplied water.

These are all freestanding water coolers with an 18.9L polycarbonate water bottle.

62 waters

Purchase Price: R2 890

Monthly Rental Price: R60

Aquazania

Purchase Price: R4 500.00

Monthly Rental Price: R150.00

Price per water bottle: R60.00

Drinkingwaters Africa

Arctic, Floor-Standing, Hot & Cold complete with 18.9L Polycarbonate Bottle

Purchase Price: R2 852.00

The Watercooler Company

Purchase Price: R2 825

Disclaimer: All pricing was obtained via website pricing guides. The prices are therefore subject to change, tailoring or alteration by the supplier. This is intended 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.

Bottles Water Coolers vs Plumbed in Water Coolers vs Drinking Fountains vs Boiling and Chilled Taps

Bottles Water Coolers vs Plumbed in Water Coolers vs Drinking Fountains vs Boiling and Chilled Taps

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Bottled Water Cooler

If you consider the Aquazania bottled water cooler, you are opting for quantity over quality. Nothing measures up to the taste offered by Aquazania bottled water. And there are no maintenance costs on our bottled coolers.

Why? Firstly, because our modern Aquacoolers are fitted with an internal air filtration system. This system prevents bacteria from entering your machine – negating the possibility of contaminated water, or the infiltration of unwanted contaminants into the machine itself. This system also allows for the preservation of our famous purified water – giving you the best possible taste without any unwanted odours either.

All Aquazania water bottles use a unique, single-use bottle cap; this means that from when your water comes off our production line, until it is inserted into your water cooler, there is no possibility of anything making its way into the bottle, or into the machine once the bottled is replaced.

Plumbed in Water Coolers

Aquazania also has a large range of Plumbed-In (or mains-fed) units. These water coolers are plumbed directly into your water mains and offer various levels of filtration, which is absolutely vital for healthy, pure water delivery.

Plumbed-in coolers can serve many more people in a shorter time-frame as it has no limitation of bottle size. You have access to chilled or heated water in a much larger capacity. For instance, a large corporation would find better use out of this than having to wait for hot or cold water from a bottled water cooler.

So here, you are opting for quantity over quality.

Also, some plumbed-in machines offer one thing that bottled-water coolers do not; they are capable of producing hot, cold and ambient temperature water – as well as carbonated water – something to consider if this is one of the things you want form your water cooler.

Maintenance is a key area of differences between various models, but users need to know that there will always be the need for some regular maintenance, and should be prepared for the related costs for plumbed-in coolers. Remember, there are NO maintenance costs for bottle Aquazania Bottled Water Coolers.

Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains are perfect for public spaces and high usage areas (parks, schools etc.). No electricity is needed, they are environment friendly as the number of disposable plastic bottles is saved from landfills, they are low maintenance and low cost. There is also a possibility of using the run-off for watering plants.

Drinking fountains are highly functional but not recommended for indoor use.

Boiling and Chilled Taps

Now, Boiling and Chilled Taps: Boiling and chilled water taps need professional fitting.

They sit on the worktop, have to be plumbed in and the water tanks need to be connected to electricity to work.

Furthermore, not all boiling taps provide boiling water. There is a subtle but distinct difference between boiling water taps and hot water taps. Boiling water taps deliver water at 100ºC; hot water taps deliver water just shy of that. As a consumer, you may not notice a difference, but if you’re fussy about how hot your morning coffee is, you will.

Boiling water taps provide households with the luxury of instant hot water without the need to use any kettles or add to household bills from boiler use. Some can act as just a kettle separate to your ordinary tap, and some are all-in-one, replacing your existing one.

To sum up:

  • Bottled Water Coolers are an efficient way of providing chilled, great tasting water.
  • Plumbed in Water Coolers the ideal office cooler solution that saves you money and helps the environment. Quantity over quality of water.
  • Drinking Water Fountains are best suited to an area of very high usage.
  • Boiling & Chilled Taps are ideal for household kitchens.

Water Cooler Costs Explained: Plumbed in vs Bottled Water Coolers

Water Cooler Costs Explained: Plumbed in vs Bottled Water Coolers
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Plumbed in vs Bottled Water Coolers: The Difference

If you consider the Aquazania bottled water cooler, you are opting for quantity over quality. Nothing measures up to the taste offered by Aquazania bottled water. And there are no maintenance costs on our bottled coolers.

Firstly, our modern Aquacoolers are fitted with an internal air filtration system. This system prevents bacteria from entering your machine – negating the possibility of contaminated water, or the infiltration of unwanted contaminants into the machine itself. This system also allows for the preservation of our famous purified water – giving you the best possible taste without any unwanted odours either.

All Aquazania water bottles use a unique, single-use bottle cap; this means that from when your water comes off our production line, until it is inserted into your water cooler, there is no possibility of anything making its way into the bottle, or into the machine once the bottled is replaced.

The water reservoirs housed within the cooler – for both the hot and cold water – is made from food-grade stainless steel. This material is one of the most resistant to the growth of bacteria.

Lastly, the taps located at the front of your water cooler are nano-silver impregnated; nano-silver is gaining notoriety for preventing any type of microbial growth, and this technology is being employed in all types of household equipment – such as water coolers, refrigerators and even washing machines.

Combining all of these measures, your water cooler is not only pro-active in resisting bacterial growth, but also in preserving the taste and quality of your water.

Aquazania also has a large range of Plumbed-In units. These water coolers are plumbed directly into your water mains and offer various levels of filtration, which is absolutely vital for healthy, pure water delivery.

Plumbed-in coolers can serve many more people in a shorter time-frame as it has no limitation of bottle size. You have access to chilled or heated water in a much larger capacity. For instance, a large corporation would find better use out of this than having to wait for hot or cold water from a bottled water cooler.

So here, you are opting for quantity over quality.

Also, some plumbed-in machines offer one thing that bottled-water coolers do not; they are capable of producing hot, cold and ambient temperature water – as well as carbonated water – something to consider if this is one of the things you want form your water cooler.

Maintenance is a key area of differences between various models, but users need to know that there will always be the need for some regular maintenance, and should be prepared for the related costs for plumbed-in coolers. Remember, there are NO maintenance costs for bottle Aquazania Bottled Water Coolers.

Water Cooler Costs Explained

Bottled water coolers VS plumbed-in water coolers, the economics battle: When deciding between bottled water coolers or plumbed-in water coolers, cost is a factor to consider. A plumbed-in water cooler may cost a lot for the machine itself, and is an upfront payment or paid on monthly installments in the case of renting, but the cost thereafter dramatically reduces. The only real costs to consider on a plumbed in water cooler are filter replacements (which may be more regular if your municipal supply water is of considerable low quality), as well as the electricity required to keep the machine running. The cost of municipal water to dispense is of minimal cost, but should also be considered, and perhaps calculated per municipal area.

However, the water quality from a plumbed-in water cooler will never match the quality of a bottled water cooler. The price of a bottled water cooler could also be quite a large amount upfront, or payable in installments when renting.

Aquazania Water Filtration Method Explained

Aquazania Water Filtration Method Explained

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We proudly guarantee that Aquazania Premium water is the very BEST water you can get. The purity of Aquazania water assures you of zero microbiological contamination and precisely controlled mineral content.

 

Step 1: Silica and Sediment Filtration

Hard-filtration” is the first step of Aquazania’s 6-step filtration process and 3-step botte sterilization. This first process helps to eliminate 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.  

Step 2: Granular Activated Carbon Filtration

Activated Carbon in a granular form acts as the filter. 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. Granular Activated Carbon adsorption: a form of activated carbon with a high surface area, adsorbs many compounds including many toxic compounds.

Step 3: Ultra Fine Mechanical Filtration

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 its entirety.

Step 4: The Most Popular – Reverse Osmosis Filtration

Mechanical pressure is applied to an impure solution to force pure water through a semi-permeable membrane. Reverse osmosis is theoretically the most thorough method of large scale water purification available. Unless membranes are well-maintained, algae and other life forms can colonize the membranes.

Once the first 3 steps are done, reverse osmosis can start. It removes particles smaller than the human eye can detect – including ions. And this drastically affects the taste of the water as the molecular structure of a substance is being altered so it will taste different. Osmosis can be described as the bonding of two separate particles into one. Reverse Osmosis is exactly the opposite – separating the two Hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom. This allows for unwanted particles to be filtered out, thus creating the unique taste.

Step 5: Mineral Re-injection

This step is vital, because of its 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.

Step 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.

Step 7: Multi Stage Bottle Washing

Our state of the art bottle washing and sterilisation plant uses a high pressure, high temperature, high alkalinity washing system, followed by an ambient temperature high pressure rinsing system, achieved in ten individual stages.

Step 8: Sterilization of Bottles

At this stage bottles are rinsed out with the product water (Aquazania), which has an elevated level of ozone – this ensures that prior to filling, every bottle is already sterile.

Step 9: Filling, Capping and Sealing

A high pressure HEPA filter is used to create a positive pressure in the filling chamber ensuring that filling, capping and sealing are done in a pressurised, dust-free and sterile environment.

Hot Water Dispenser vs Hydroboil

Hot Water Dispenser vs Hydroboil

Hot Water Dispenser

Both Hot Water Dispensers and Hydroboils both produce instant hot water on tap. But there are advantages of the Dispensers over the Hydroboil machines. These advantages include price, ease of installation, safety and the superior filtration system.

The Aquazania hot water dispenser range starts at around R4500. Hydroboilers are much more costly.

The Aquazania range of hot water dispensers only need to be plugged in to a wall socket, whereas the Hydroboil needs to be installed by a plumber. The plumbing is however, concealed and steam-free, if safety is a concern.

The Aquazania machine can dispense hot and cold water and boasts a safety tap, whereas the Hydroboil has no heat protection – a very important point.

When talking water quality, the water dispenser uses Aquazania’s iconic 9-step filtered and pre-purified water and Hydro uses boiled tap water which does not kill all bacteria.

So if you are looking for quality over quantity, you may want to consider an Aquazania Hot Water Dispenser. They are safe, hygienic and energy efficient.

Units are available in white outer metal casing, or a stainless steel outer casing. A stainless steel drip tray is available as an optional extra.

The secret to a happy workplace – instant boiling water 24/7 at the touch of a tap. No reason to get all steamed up…