The Costs of a Water Cooler

If you’ve decided that you want all the benefits of a water cooler in your home or office, then you might be wondering how much it will cost you before you make your decision. Let’s look at some of the initial and ongoing costs of water coolers or dispensers.

Initial purchase or rental costs

Your first cost is going to be the initial purchase of the water cooler, which can either be done on a rental basis or by buying it outright. Whether you should buy or rent your water cooler will depend on a number of factors, particularly whether you want it for the long-term or just for a trial period.

Prices will vary greatly between different suppliers and depending on the features of the dispenser you choose. At Mountain Park Spring Water, you can purchase a new water cooler for $225 or a used one for $90, or go for the rental option for $84.95 per year. Or, our point-of-use filtration systems cost $39.95 per month with a $100 installation fee.

Cost of accessories

There are certain water cooler accessories that you might need, although these are not compulsory for the use or running of your cooler. The most common accessories that people order are disposable cups for dispensing the water into and storage racks for storing large bottles of water.

We sell storage racks of various sizes and disposable cups of different materials and sizes. You can find out more about the costs and specifications of these accessories here.

Running costs

The running costs of a water dispenser cover different things depending on the type of dispenser. Of course, you’ll have to factor in the cost of electricity if you choose an electrical water dispenser. If you choose a water cooler that connects to the main water supply, then you’ll also have to consider the impact this has on your water costs. Or if you get a bottled water dispenser, then you’ve got the costs of the bottled water itself. See the prices of our bottled water delivery service for an idea of how much this will cost you.

Repair and maintenance costs

When you have a rental agreement for your water cooler, repair and maintenance is usually included in your monthly or annual fees. Make sure to check with your supplier first to find out if this is the case. This can save you money in the long-run on regular servicing. Our annual lease program covers all servicing and repairs, and we even replace your dispenser with a new, freshly sanitized one each year.

If you want to find out more about the costs of running your water cooler and having water delivered, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water, we can answer your questions. We deliver fresh spring water around various locations in Virginia and North Carolina.


How Often to Drink Water

You often hear that you should drink 8 glasses of water per day to stay healthy and hydrated, but how should you spread this throughout the day? You could, for example, drink 8 glasses of water in the morning and be done for the day. But are there downsides to this compared to drinking more slowly and steadily throughout the day?

In this article, we’ll look at some tips to help you figure out how often you should be drinking water throughout the day and some of the best times to do it.

Can you drink too much water?

If you’re chugging glass after glass of water, then there is a risk of what’s known as overhydration. Drinking too much water disrupts the balance in our bodies. Diluting the blood with too much water throws off the ratio of liquids to electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium, which can cause symptoms of overhydration or water intoxication, such as:

  • Light-headedness

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Confusion

  • Changes in mood, i.e. irritability

However, you would have to drink a lot of water in a short space of time to suffer from these side effects. Drinking a glass of water in one go should not put you at risk, and fasting from water for a few hours at a time or for several hours overnight should not put you at risk of dehydration as long as you drink enough water at other times of day.

How much water can our bodies use?

Our bodies use the water we consume through food and drink for various purposes, including hydrating the cells in our body. The rest is flushed out of our bodies by our kidneys, which serve various essential purposes. But our kidneys can only flush out a maximum of around one liter per hour. So, drinking more than this will put a strain on our kidneys and could lead to the consequences described above.

The best times of day to drink water

So, to hydrate more efficiently and more safely, it is better to drink little and often throughout the day rather than knocking back glass after glass of water. There are even certain times of the day that can be the most beneficial times to hydrate, which we discussed in a previous blog. These include:

  • First thing in the morning

  • Before eating a meal

  • Before a hot bath (to lower blood pressure)

  • Around one hour before bed

So, it’s a good idea to drink water regularly throughout the day, just make sure you don’t drink too much. Having water on hand thanks to a water cooler and bottled water delivery service is the best way to remind yourself to drink enough each day. Contact us at Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our water delivery service.