Water Coolers vs Bottled Water
Water is an essential nutrient that we NEED in order to survive, and as a result, it is important that we are able to find and drink safe, clean water every single day. And with all the harmful toxins and contaminants that are found in our water, the responsibility has been put on us to ensure we are drinking water of a high quality that is not harmful to us and detrimental to our health. Many people have shied away from using tap water and have resulted in either using bottled water or water coolers. For this reason, the pros and cons of bottled water and water coolers will be discussed and compared.
For quite some time people have been purchasing large packs of bottled water to store at home so that there is a constant supply of drinking water. It proves to be very convenient as there is always clean, tasty, and portable water available. However, there are a few disadvantages of using bottled water as your source of daily drinking water.
Firstly, from an environmental point of view, It takes 17 million barrels of oil to create one year’s worth of bottled water. Additionally, The water bottling process releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. And moreover, stopping the use of or banning water bottles would greatly reduce the waste and protect the environment by preventing the manufacturing, purchasing, use, and discarding of up to 70 billion plastic bottles each year.
Bottled water is also not as highly controlled as tap water is, thus there have been many findings indicating that some bottled water carries twice as many micro-plastics as tap water does. In addition, bottled water is far more expensive than tap water is and tap water also contains fluoride which is beneficial to our dental care and bone strength.
Moreover, the plastic used in bottled water also contains chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), this chemical has been known to seep into the water we drink and can cause health issues.
Additionally, storing bottled water for long periods of time only increases the amount of BPA that is found in your water as it has more time to seep in. A better option would be to buy a glass water bottle or a BPA-free water bottle and refill it when need be (but we will get into that later).
Water coolers dispense clean and safe water at any time you want and most water coolers come with a built-in purifier in order to prevent toxins and contaminants in our water.
Water coolers are the superior choice as there is always an option of hot or cold (and clean) water. Despite the fact that the water does not come in a plastic bottle and this can be seen as inconvenient, this can easily be avoided by purchasing a glass or a BPA-free water bottle so that at any time, you can fill up your bottle and have the same convenience as bottled water, just without all the health risks and concerns.
The use of water coolers will also greatly decrease the amount of carbon dioxide emissions and various other environmental issues.
However, there are some minor concerns that drive people away from using water coolers such as:
- Maintenance and cleaning can be tedious.
- They run on electricity and thus this is another cost you have to consider, as well as the fact that if you don’t have electricty then you won’t have hot or cold water.
- If you do not have a plumbed-in water cooler then you will need to constantly refill the water so that you have cold and hot water available when you want it.
- There is a larger initial payment on water coolers than bottled water.
In essence, after reviewing both bottled water and water coolers, it is clear that water coolers are healthier, safer, cheaper and the more environmentally friendly option.
So next time you are looking for a clean, reliable, everyday water source, water coolers are the way to go!