At about 60-70%, your body is mainly made of water. Down to our cells, our bodies need it to survive. Every vital function relies on this life-giving liquid.
Unfortunately, despite its importance, people still don’t drink water enough. One barrier is easy access to great-tasting, clean water. However, you can remove that barrier at the workplace with a water filtration system.
The best one for you depends on your office space’s unique needs. Keep reading for everything you need to know about water purification for your office.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR OFFICE HAS CLEAN WATER?
Before you decide on a water filter, it may be a good idea to have your water tested for TDS (total dissolved solids), which can represent contaminants. In South Africa, the DWS allows various contaminants in the water supply at differing low levels deemed safe for human consumption. For example, arsenic is permitted at 10 µg/ℓ, while they allow ammonia in levels up to 1000 µg/ℓ.
Other common water contaminants are aluminium, barium, lead, and mercury. Bacteria, viruses, and man-made pollutants can also be found in compromised unfiltered water.
At Topia, our specialized team of technicians test your TDS levels before recommending the best solution suited to your needs.
WATER COOLERS OR FILTRATION?
Coolers have long been a ubiquitous part of office culture. So much so that the frequent staff meetups next to them spawned a term: water cooler gossip. However, if you tout environmental ideals, then you may want to rethink your current water services.
Alternatively, a free-standing water dispenser eliminates the use of plastic bottles, delivery truck emissions, and plastic manufacturing waste.
TYPES OF WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS
There are numerous types of water filtration that you’ll encounter in your search for clean water for the office. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s essential to consider your office water needs when deciding which will work best for you.
ACTIVATED CARBON WATER FILTERS
You will find this type of water filter used in purification pitchers and faucet-attached filters. These filters are adept at filtering out some impurities that affect taste and odour, such as chlorine. Remember, the keyword is some, not all.
They are used most often in homes. As such, this may not work for you if you hold high purity standards or if there are more people in your office.
REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEMS
They are usually housed under sinks or in a dedicated cabinet beneath the dispenser.
Through osmotic pressure, it works using a high-pressure pump to glean out hard-to-remove contaminant particles and force the water across the semi-permeable RO membrane, leaving almost all of the dissolved salts behind in the reject stream.
A reverse osmosis system has several disadvantages that make it impractical to treat all the water entering your home or office. The primary disadvantage is the large amount of water wasted by the process. For every litre of potable water produced, an RO purifier dumps 3-4 litres of wastewater.
EVERY OFFICE NEEDS ACCESS TO CLEAN, SAFE, AND GREAT TASTING WATER
If you care about the water you, your team, and your customers drink, then you must also care about the sources you rely on to provide it. With a Topia water solution, you can rest assured that you are drinking the highest quality, clean water.
Our trusted and proven dispensers are not only good for the planet but also eliminate the need for wasteful bottled waters while supporting our client’s wellness needs with delicious water on demand.
Contact us today to learn more about which Topia hydration system will work best in your office.