|Using a bottled water dispenser gives you access to water that is fresher and cleaner than that which you can get out of the tap. But, what if you don’t look after your water dispenser properly? Bacteria could build up inside the water dispenser, completely defeating the point of having one in the first place as you will be drinking contaminated water. So, keeping your water dispenser clean and sanitary is incredibly important.|
How often should you clean your water dispenser?
It is recommended that your water dispenser be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every 6-12 months. When you purchase a bottled water dispenser from us, we come out to your location every 6 months to completely sanitize the interior of the dispenser and clean the outside of the dispenser, as well. Although water filters can last up to a year, we also replace your filters every 6 months to ensure that you still have access to high quality water.
Keeping your water clean between visits
In the 6 months between servicing of your water dispenser, there are certain things you can do to prevent the build-up of bacteria and contamination of your water.
Keep the dispenser out of the sun
Placing your water bottle in the line of direct sunlight can cause algae to grow inside the container, which can contaminate your drinking water. It will still be safe to drink, but won’t be as fresh or as pleasant tasting.
Try to keep your water dispenser in a shaded area away from direct sunlight or fluorescent light. If this isn’t possible, you can also purchase a bottle cover for your dispenser.
Replace, don’t refill
It can be tempting to simply refill an empty water bottle at the main tap rather than replacing it with a new one. However, this can lead to bacteria from the tap contaminating the bottle and the water you fill it up with, especially if done repeatedly.
Wash before changing bottles
One of the biggest causes of contamination is when the bottle is being changed. It’s important that the person changes the bottle thoroughly cleans their hands before handling the equipment. Otherwise, bacteria can get caught inside the tap or the bottle itself, in turn contaminating the water