This is something few people think about – the drinking water at work. Not many people ask questions about water they get in their working environment and they likely need to start.
That water cooler sitting in the corner of the office looks pretty darn good filled with fresh, clear and inviting water. However, is the water really all that it’s cracked up to be? The kind of container that it’s in makes a huge difference and the origin of the water is even more of an issue.
Workers avoid drinking tap water because they may well be aware that the water isn’t good for them. In doing so however, they may find they have been drinking filtered tap water from the water cooler. Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. Those water coolers may be filled with things that aren’t good for any of us. Just because the water happens to be in a water cooler does not make it any fresher or better than tap water. It just looks like it might be healthier than tap water – something that would not necessarily be the case.
The other problem is that most of the drinking water containers in offices are made of plastic. Add the contaminants already in the water with what leaches out of the plastic into the water, throw in the fact that these water coolers are not checked as often as they should be, and there is a recipe for disaster – contaminated water waiting to harm people’s health.
Most water cooler tanks are made out of a material called polycarbonate, responsible for leaching bisphenol-A, a known cancer antagonist. No one needs to be drinking what they believe is safe water, only to find out later that it may be even more contaminated than tap water. The alternative is to carry water to work from home, water that has come from a home filtration system.
There is only one way to deal with a potentially contaminated water cooler and that is to have a home water distillation system. This is the only real answer to protect ourselves, as no other method of purification is as effective as distillation. The proof is in the water.