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How to keep your water cooler safe during COVID-19

Water cooler servicing and sanitation

While lock down restrictions may have lifted, a large number of people continue to work from home and as such, many offices may have been lying dormant for several months, which means office water coolers have too.

As people start returning to the office we can’t stress how important it is that you sanitise your coolers and make sure your team have safe drinking water. Keeping up good hygiene practices in these common areas will also help reduce the spread of other winter nasties. Here are a few simple tips to ensure you’re ready to go.

Tips for water cooler sanitisation and safety
  • Bottle water coolers: because water will have been sitting unused in your fountain or cooler for a number of weeks, you’ll need to empty the bottle and rinse it out, clean the flow cap with soapy water and rinse then refill the bottle and put it back on the cooler. Running several litres of water through your taps will be required to rinse out stagnant water that has been sitting in the pipes. If your water still shows colour, sediment or has an odour book with us for a sanitisation visit.
  • Plumbed in coolers and fountains: you’ll need to flush several litres of water through the cooler to bring new water through the system. The carbon in your filters may get gluggy and not filter properly from sitting unused for a long period of time and the KDF media could harden resulting in taste and odour issues. In this case the filter will need to be changed. You can book with us for a filter change and service or order new filters online.
  • Stainless fountains can be wiped with methylated spirits and wiped dry after use.
  • While the threat of COVID-19 seems to be at bay, taking precautions around hygiene in communal work spaces and touch points such as cooler fountains and taps is a smart idea. We’d suggest supplying hand sanitiser next to the cooler just to be safe.
  • Be mindful that any vessel with a small neck could touch the tap. Use disposable cups rather than drink bottles to avoid contamination from one person to another. You can order Eco Cups for $84 inclusive of GST and freight here.

If you’re on our regular servicing schedule and would like extra servicing over the coming months to ensure the health and safety of your people and patrons, book with us now.

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