In essence, anything can be called a water dispenser, if it serves the purpose of dispensing water for drinking purposes. Although, different people, depending on their upbringing and backgrounds will evoke different sort of images that pop up when the word water dispenser is articulated. In the context of an office, a water dispenser is a relatively big electronic device that is connected to the tap, while inside a sop or clinic, water is probably dispensed by means of a 5 gallon water bottle. These electronic devices will also have the option of being able to heat or cool the water according to anyone’s discretion. They will also have the inherent ability to filter the contents of the water by several methods such as reverse osmosis or Ultra Violet Filtration.
Water dispensers can come in various forms, and it is also something that has to do with semantics, since the objective definition of what a water bottle is does not really have a unanimous vote. There are water dispensers which are attached to the water pipe or the ones that are mounted along with the water bottles.
The bottled water dispensers usually feed off a 5 gallon water bottle or a 3 gallon one. These dispensers will have adjacent to it, a row of water bottles so that people could manually turn the device on or off and get the water. These dispensers are generally cheap and are usually rented to ones who are willing to subscribe to the long-term supply of this bottled water.
The other type of water dispensers come in the form of wall mounted electronic devices. These devices are always connected to the water supply via a pipe. This device allows you to have the option of both cooling and heating up your water supply while also containing the option to have it processed and cleaned through several methods.
The former ones might also have the option do cool or heat up as well as do the filtration process as well. Although that isn’t necessarily needed since the bottled water received might have already gone through that process prior to their use.
The need for having a water dispenser arises in different situations and under different circumstances:
In the office: Your office without a proper water dispenser can inadvertently turn into a disruptive space. The need to have a water dispenser can be really understood when you find your employees bringing in cans and bottles of water from their residences; they might even bring cans of soda or soft drink. This situation of unnecessary disruptions can easily be avoided when you install a proper water dispenser in your office.
If in your home, you are extremely sceptical of the quality of water that is provided to you, then it is better if you get a water dispenser that has the inbuilt process for filtration of the impure water into pristine quality water. Also, since the rising cases of fluoride pollution in the water supply, this adoption is more akin to reason rather than paranoia.
Other than these circumstances, there are people who are naturally averse to the taste and smell of the chlorine infected water from the general supply. This will somehow give them nauseating sensation inside their guts and will usually have them scrambling outside to purchase a bottle of water. These people will require the installation of a water dispenser that will filter the chlorine or the other hard metals inside the supply and instead give them real good and purified water.
Carbon Block Filter: Carbon block will completely obliterate every bit of sediment or dirt, while being very efficient at removing chlorine and many organic materials. Higher quality carbon filter is capable of removing even smaller bacteria.
Reverse Osmosis Filter: Again, has the capacity to obliterate every bit of sediment and dirt, with even greater efficiency at removing organic chemicals and insidious metal compounds and nitrates. Installed in water dispensers, these things are relatively good at killing bacteria but the degrees of results depend upon the quality of the material.
UV Lamp: Completely Obliterates Bacteria.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Different Water Dispensers:
Bottled Water Dispensers –
1. They are portable
2. Does not require connection to a pipe
3. No need for replacement of water filters
4. Contents are Flexible
5. Some of the dispensers are given free of charge by bottled water companies.
1. Inbuilt heater/cooler will require electrical socket to operate.
2. Extra water bottles may cost
3. The Bottle Water will Become a hoarding problem
4. Fixing the 5 gallon bottle into position is not easy
5. Not really feasible if the point of supply is far away.
Carbon block filter using water dispensers are relatively cheap and produce good quality water. Many people do say that they are good at improving the quality of water. But with it comes certain disadvantages:
1. Not really good at removing inorganic compounds like iron, mercury or any other heavy metals.
2. Filters need constant replacement.
3. Clogged by sediments in the water supply.
Reverse Osmosis based water dispensers really work for the filtering out the organic and inorganic compounds that are pollutants to the water supply. Though there is are certain disadvantages when it comes to installing them:
1. It works slowly
2. Expensive to Operate
3. Requires a minimum amount of water pressure.
But what makes all the water dispenser good is the fact that they are all convenient to use. You need not require subtle technical know-how on how to operate; instead, all that is needed is the press of a button or the turning of a knob with the regular washing and cleaning. This process can easily be made into a simple routine for any layman, and the end result is assured safe water.