Debunking Common Water Cooler Myths

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Rows of unopened plastic mineral water bottles.

Debunking Common Water Cooler Myths

It is important we stay hydrated – especially when at work or school. Studies show that just a 1% drop in the body’s water content can affect cognitive ability and mood.

Adding a water cooler to a work, education or leisure space can be a great way of encouraging water consumption – but even so, there are myths surrounding the costs and maintenance water coolers require.

1. Water coolers aren’t eco-friendly

Contrary to popular belief, water coolers are actually a low-energy, sustainable way of drinking water. Studies show powering a water cooler requires approximately 100 watts per hour, which is roughly the same as powering a Wi-Fi router or lamp.

Not only this, but they are a great alternative to purchasing bottles of water every time you need a drink.

When 80% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills, and the production of one single water bottle requires 82.8 grams of carbon, a water cooler not only removes plastic waste but also dramatically reduces your carbon footprint (Source).

2. Water coolers are expensive to run

Because water coolers require minimal power, they are also low cost to run.

Studies suggest powering your water cooler every day for 8 hours will amount to approximately 14p a day, or £36 a year if run 5 days a week. Pretty low cost compared to other electrical appliances like fridges or dishwashers.

3. They require a lot of maintenance

It’s a common misconception that water coolers require a lot of maintenance. In fact, water coolers need servicing twice a year by a professional, which is the same frequency as having a check-up at the dentist.

If that is still a little too much to handle, Cactus Water Systems can take full control of your water system maintenance, offering low-cost and efficient servicing to give you peace of mind.

4. They use harsh chemicals that are bad for you

The UK’s drinking water standards ensure all water in the UK is of the highest standard.

Mains fed water coolers are only ever plumbed into potable water supplies – directly from the mains. The water can then be filtered, most commonly through carbon block filters which remove particulates from the water and improves the taste. The sanitising fluid used for internal sanitising tasks such as cleaning reservoirs, water lines and tanks breaks down to water and oxygen, eliminating toxic products and leaves no taste or odour.

With bottled water coolers, a similar cleaning regime is put in place but this is carried our every 3 months rather than 6. The sanitising fluid used for internal sanitising tasks such as cleaning reservoirs, water lines and tanks breaks down to water and oxygen, eliminating toxic products and leaves no taste or odour.

5. Water coolers need a water source

Whilst mains fed water coolers require a water source, bottled water coolers do not. These are the water coolers you see with barrels of water suspended upside down.

Bottled water coolers simply provide water from their barrels and are a useful alternative to mains fed water coolers if your location has limited access to water sources.

6. They are only for large offices

Everyone can benefit from easy access to fresh, great-tasting water, regardless of your size. Water systems can be a great way to boost staff morale and decompress. Read more about the importance of water cooler chats here.

Not only this, but if you’re stuck for space, Cactus Water Systems offers a vast array of products in different sizes and capacities, including compact water dispenser solutions and domestic water coolers, to accommodate any needs.


If you’re still unsure about whether a water system is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be delighted to discuss your options.

Cactus Water Systems specialises in delivering excellent products with access to the leading manufacturers, and total flexibility in maintenance and rental agreements.


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Rows of unopened plastic mineral water bottles.