Why you shouldn’t have bottled water delivered

Thinking about having a water dispenser installed? If so, you’ll be facing a variety of options, including whether to choose a unit that uses disposable water bottles. While they’re a popular option for many homes and offices, water-bottle units pose many problems that just can’t be ignored. If you’re in the market for water, stay away from water-bottle units—and here’s why.

  1. It’s bad for the environment

We all know that consuming too much plastic is bad for the environment, because it all ends up in landfill, where it sits and breaks down slowly (often taking up to five hundred years!), or it ends up in the ocean, where it wreaks havoc with marine life. Plastic is also a problem to create and to get rid of: Its production causes water and air contamination, and it also carries harmful toxins that are released when it breaks down.

But plastic is so convenient that we use it anyway, right? Well, if you’re looking for one easy way to reduce your plastic use, reducing the number of plastic bottles you use is one way that you can cut down.

Something else to consider if you’re thinking about having water bottles delivered is that even the delivery is bad for the environment—whatever truck brings all those bottles to you will contribute to carbon dioxide pollution.

  1. It’s a continued expense and hassle

When you use bottled water, you’re relying on those bottles to supply your water. Sounds obvious, but think about it: That means you have to keep paying to have your water delivered, you have to keep accepting deliveries, you have to keep track of the water… It’s a hassle.

And while the expense of the water bottles may not seem like much, it adds up. Couldn’t you spend that money better elsewhere? And how about your time and energy—couldn’t you spend that better elsewhere? When you rely on water bottles, you have to constantly keep track of how many you have, when more are being delivered, if you need to order more, and so on. Office politics are already wearisome enough without adding to them because someone keeps using the last water bottle without ordering more. And, like the expense, all that time and energy adds up, too—don’t waste time worrying about water bottles. Life’s too short.

  1. Water bottles cause injuries

If you’ve ever had to cart a water bottle from wherever it’s being stored and then insert it up on top of the dispenser, you’ll know what a strain it can be. Water bottles are heavy and cumbersome, and you need to lift them… sounds like the perfect equation for an injury, doesn’t it? Nobody wants that. And if you’re buying water for your workplace and your employees will be handling the water bottles, you want to make sure they’re happy, healthy, and getting lots done—not nursing back injuries from lugging water around.

  1. Who has that much storage space?

Water bottles are big, right? And they’re usually a weird shape that can’t be stacked. How much room do you have? Enough to store water bottles to get you through until your next delivery?

Even if you do have enough space, is there really nothing better you could do with it than store water, especially when you have a ready supply waiting in your pipes?

So what’s the alternative?

With so many reasons not to have your bottled water delivered, luckily there are a few easier alternatives.

You can have your water dispenser plumbed in so that it’s connected to the mains water, meaning no more water bottles ever again. It’s much better for the environment, because you’re not using plastic bottles or having them delivered; it’s a lot easier, because the water comes straight from the pipes without you needing to worry about it; and it won’t take up precious space in your home or office.

Depending on your needs, there are a variety of options for you to choose from when it comes to plumbed-in water dispensers. Before you make your choice, consider:

  • the location of the water dispenser (e.g., home, office, gym, school, shopping centre)
  • the amount of space available
  • how much water will be needed
  • how important the style of the water dispenser is to your space
  • whether you want the water filtered.

Once you’ve answered those questions, you’ll be able to choose a water dispenser that suits your needs.

For example, if you need water for your small business’s office, you probably won’t be looking at a bubbler, because they’re generally designed for higher-use areas; you might also have limited space in your office and want a bench-top water dispenser so that you can conserve floor space.

However, if you’re purchasing for your gym, a water bubbler will probably be the most appropriate choice, because it will be durable and easy for your customers to use. Then you have different options with your water bubbler: Do you want the classic stainless-steel unit, or something a bit more fashionable, like a unit with a granite finish?

You can find information about all these options by browsing the products on our website.

And if you need one more excellent reason to opt for a plumbed-in water system, we offer free installation. 

Have questions? Get in touch with us today if you want to discuss the best solution for your water needs.

Why you shouldn’t buy spring water

We’ve all bought bottles of spring water before. If you’re out and about and you need water, it’s convenient; and often water dispensers in an office require bottles, so you just buy them. The bottles say spring water is good for you, and that it’s natural, and besides, it’s only a few dollars.

But here’s the Smarter Water challenge to you: Stop buying spring water. Stop buying water bottles, full stop.


Stop the spread of plastic bottles

Spring water comes in bottles, which present a slew of extremely important issues.

  • Bottles are expensive! Sure, buying a water bottle may seem cheap when you’re at Woolies and you’re looking for something to drink, or you’re ordering for your office and you get 15 litres for a couple of dollars, but that all adds up. And water bottles also cost us in many more ways than just dollar-wise.
  • Bottles contribute to the degradation of the environment, because the plastic ends up in landfill or in oceans, where it takes hundreds of years to degrade. Recycling is great, but not all plastic is recycled.  Estimates state that there are up to 46 000 pieces of plastic floating in each square mile of our oceans.
  • Plastic bottles pass on harmful toxins to the water they contain. You’re drinking water because you want to hydrate your body and stay healthy, but drinking from a plastic water bottle is probably not the best way of doing that, because you’re ingesting toxins that have come from the plastic.

It really doesn’t taste any better

One of the biggest misconceptions around spring water and bottled water in general is that it tastes better. It doesn’t! In fact, when people are given blind taste tests to see if they prefer the taste of spring water or tap water, tap water usually wins.

What is spring water, anyway?

When you buy spring water, you assume it’s coming from a spring, right? Well, guess again. Even though it may say spring water on the bottle, chances are it’s just purified tap water. And why pay for something you can just get from your tap, especially when it comes at an 180 000% mark-up?

Purify your own water

If you’re buying spring water because of its health benefits or lack of chemicals, you’re being duped by big water companies. Often spring water still contains chemicals—particularly as it’s being delivered to you inside a plastic water bottle. And, as we found out earlier, some companies just sell purified tap water and call it spring water, anyway.

Furthermore, purifying your own water is more convenient and much, much cheaper than paying for bottles of water.

Instead of paying for spring water, why not just purify your own water? You’ll be able to:

  • Stop drinking from plastic water bottles and carry your own water in reusable BPA-free plastic or in glass bottles.
  • Stop paying for plastic and then discarding it, contributing to the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of plastic Australians throw away every year.
  • Stop paying premium price for spring water when you can get better water straight from your tap.
  • Stop messing around with refills for your water dispenser.

So, now that you’re convinced that you should purify your own water, how do you go about it? You have several different options.

  1. Point-of-use units 

Point-of-use water units are the free-standing units with taps that usually dispense cold, cool, or hot water. You can choose from a variety of options, including different styles, and even bench-top units.

  1. Under-sink water filters 

Keep your filtration system hidden away by having it installed under your sink, so you can just get your water from the tap.

  1. Instant-boil, chilled, and sparkling water filter taps 

You’ve probably noticed these taps starting to pop up around the place—the ones that supply instant hot and cold water by just pressing a button. The taps look just like a normal household water tap, but they’re so much better. With these taps, you can opt for filters with reverse osmosis that will get rid of unwanted chemicals, bacteria, dirt, and even fluoride from your water.

With any of these solutions, you’ll be drinking water that is probably even better than what you’d buy in a water bottle, and you won’t be paying top-dollar for it.

You can find even more information about all these options by browsing the products on our website.

Have questions? Get in touch with us today if you want to discuss the best solution for your water needs.