Chances are, you have seen a water cooler before – whether it was in the cafeteria at work, in the waiting room at the dentist, or in the lobby of a hotel. There’s an even greater chance that the water cooler you saw was a traditional, upside-down, 5-gallon water jug that dispenses hot and cold water through spigots. Although traditional water coolers are functional, times have changed, and so have water coolers! They have gotten cleaner, sleeker, and healthier with point of use (POU) water filtration machines.

What is a point of use water cooler?

A point of use water cooler differs greatly from its bottled water 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 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 bottleless water cooler.

How does a point of use water cooler work?

A point of use water cooler connects directly to a building’s existing water line and delivers water straight from the municipal water supply. For this reason, you may hear it referred to as a plumbed-in water cooler. This does not mean that the water cooler simply delivers tap water like a water fountain does; most point of use water coolers dispense water that has been filtered then chilled or heated within the water cooler. Some point of use water coolers can even dispense sparkling, flavored water, or ice.

What’s different about a point of use water cooler?

  • POU water coolers are clean.

You don’t have to worry about germ-filled hands picking up a 5-gallon water jug and contaminating the mouth of the water bottle, or when the water cooler was last cleaned. Point of use water coolers are bottleless and can have advanced filtration and sanitization technologies that remove sediment, eliminate bacteria, viruses, and parasites, reduce chemical contaminants, and get rid of off-tastes and odors as well as keep the outside (user interface) of the machine free of germs.

  • Point of Use water is healthier.

5-gallon plastic water jugs can leach a chemical called BPA. Short for Bisphenol A, BPA has been linked to liver and prostate cancer, heart disease, and cognitive problems in addition to asthma and diabetes. Point of use water coolers eliminate the need for 5-gallon plastic water jugs.

  • Renting a POU water cooler is cost-effective.

By filtering water at the source (your workplace’s tap), you skip the costs of bottling, packaging, and shipping water. Over 90% of bottled water’s cost is not the water, but the price of packaging and shipping it. These costs long with the price of trucks, drivers, and fuel for delivering water jugs are passed on to you.

  • Convenient, hassle-free water.

Keeping inventory of water bottles and/or 5-gallon water jugs takes time. Time spent away from your desk ordering, receiving, and changing water bottles. It also takes up valuable space storing the water bottles (full and empty). Additionally, there are security implications to escorting a water delivery person through the building. Eliminate the hassle by getting a point of use water cooler that filters your water right at the source, so you’ll have unlimited water at your fingertips and never have to order bottled water again.

  • POU is bottleless.

While eliminating the need for plastic bottles and 5-gallon water jugs, point of use water coolers correspondingly eliminate all the associated production and transportation pollution. Plus, they prevent the plastic from ending up in landfills and waterways.

  • Point of Use makes water accessible.

In areas where it is not possible or safe to store large water bottles, you now have the choice to install a point of use water cooler by simply adding it to your existing water line. Also, countertop point of use water coolers offer all the benefits of a larger water cooler without taking up any floor space. Not to mention all the available options –hot, cold, and room temperature water; sparkling water; flavored water; and ice.

With point of use water coolers, consumers now have a choice to drink fresh, filtered water straight from a building’s existing water supply, instead of having to order plastic water bottles that can be germ-filled and leach chemicals. In our opinion, the hassle-free, germ-free, and chemical-free choice is the right one.

To learn more about Quench’s point of use water coolers and to see which one is right for your workplace, check out our product finder!