Point Of Use vs. 5 Gallon Water Coolers

Posted on November 6, 2017
People standing in line at a 5-gallon jug water cooler

A point of use (POU) water cooler differs greatly from its 5 gallon water cooler predecessors in that the water is filtered on-site, right in the machine, rather than pre-filtered and bottled at an off-site manufacturing plant, and then delivered to a home or business. Like traditional water coolers, point of use coolers’ primary function is to provide easy access to clean, filtered drinking water, with the added bonus that it doesn’t require a bottle to refill the tank. A point of use water dispenser is also known as a bottle-free water cooler.

With Quench bottle-free water coolers, you’ll have a reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly drinking water solution. What you won’t have are the hassles of water delivery, bulky plastic jugs to lift and store, worries about running out of water, or concern about the cleanliness of your drinking water.

Bottle-Free Water Coolers are Less Expensive

Bottling water is an expensive and inefficient process. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one ounce of water from a 5-gallon water jug costs a penny while one ounce of water from your tap is practically free, costing $0.00003! In other words, one gallon of tap water costs less than 1 ounce of bottled water.

The Natural Resource Defense Council estimates that 90% of the cost of bottled water is not for the water in the bottle, but for other expenses – bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing, retailing, and of course profit! These costs are passed to you as well as the costs associated with the trucks, drivers, and fuel that delivers the bottled water to your office.

Point-of-use or bottleless filtered water coolers, on the other hand, are inexpensive and efficient, filtering water you are already paying for! Quench POU filtered water coolers eliminate bottled water costs, providing a virtually endless supply of clean, great-tasting water for pennies a day. Typically Quench customers save up to 50% versus bottled water delivery!

Bottle-Free Water Coolers are More Convenient

Quench POU filtered water coolers are a more convenient alternative to traditional water delivery services by saving you time and hassles, like:

  • No need to order, estimate your office’s water consumption, or manage (and escort) water deliveries
  • No more renting expensive real estate space for storing bulky, 5-gallon water jugs (or the empties)
  • No more coaxing your employees to replace the bottle or complaints (or risk of Workman’s Comp claims) over lifting the 42-pound water jugs
  • No worries about running out of water on the hottest day

Quench POU filtered water coolers provide a virtually endless supply of clean, great-tasting water.

Bottle-Free Water Coolers are Cleaner

Even the cleanest tap water has to travel through miles and miles of water infrastructure before it gets to your building as well as infrastructure inside your building. Corrosion of old water pipes leads to a build-up of oxidized heavy metals that can leach contaminants into the water.

Traditional 5-gallon water coolers aren’t necessarily a cleaner alternative. Bottled water systems are “open” systems, meaning every time the jug is changed, the water in the bottle and the cooler reservoir are open to airborne toxins, like dirt and micro-organisms, which can contaminate your water.

Even worse, the reservoir often develops a coating of “biofilm” or a build-up of microbial matter that can break free and enter the water cooler (the “floaters” that sometimes appear in the jug water coolers). Biofilm is an acknowledge problem – the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) recommends that bottled water cooler be thoroughly sanitized with an anti-microbial disinfectant (like bleach) at least every 3 months.

Quench POU filtered water coolers, on the other hand, provide a virtually endless supply of clean, great-tasting water on-demand. No more worries about what could be in your pipes. Or what happens during flu season when a co-worker with not-so-clean hands grabs the neck of a new 5-gallon water jug? Or where the dust that collects the top of a stored bottle ends up?

Bottle-Free Water Coolers are Eco-Friendlier

Bottling water is not only expensive, it is wasteful of the planet’s resources. In one year, the manufacturing of plastic jugs, bottling, and delivery of water:

  • Eats up 140 million kilowatt hours of electricity
  • Burns 6 million gallons of fuel
  • Dumps 70 million pounds of plastic waste into landfills and waterways
  • Wastes millions of gallons of water

Quench POU filtered water coolers have a positive impact – one Quench POU filtered water cooler can prevent up to 925 5-gallon water bottles from entering landfills each year!

Get a Quench Bottle-Free Water Cooler Today!

Switching out your 5-gallon water delivery service with a point of use (POU) alternative is a smart choice. It will save you time and money, not to mention bottle-free water coolers are cleaner and better for the environment. It's a win-win solution!

Check out Quench filtration advantages to learn more about why our point-of-use water coolers will help upgrade your work environment.

When looking for a water delivery service near you, consider a bottle-free alternative instead. Our Quench Water Experts are located across the United States. Therefore, clean, great-tasting drinking water is never far away. Head over to our local water experts page to find the nearest point-of-use water machine.

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