Making sure the water coolers are accessible to everyone is also an important consideration. Think about how far each employee must go to refill. If too far, they are likely to delay getting a drink if they are busy. On the other hand, those nearest the water dispenser may be distracted if there are constantly people around it. Having water coolers easily accessible for everyone, but not too close to workers is a fine balance.
Placing a water dispenser in a dirty or dusty area can cause the water to become contaminated, which defeats the point of providing clean, filtered water. So, ensuring water dispensers are in a place that is regularly cleaned will guard against any potential contamination.
Keeping Out of Direct Sunlight
Having water coolers in direct sunlight is a bad idea. Sunlight will cause the water to heat up, affecting the taste of water and encouraging mould to grow. So you need to either keep water dispensers in the shade or ensure any bottles of water are covered.
Water dispensers often need power to work, so the cables can cause a tripping hazard. And free-standing water dispensers can cause a hazard if someone is in a rush. For this reason, placing water dispensers against a wall is normally a good idea. Another option here is to invest in countertop water dispensers.
Near a Plug
As water dispensers normally require electricity to work, placing them near a plug socket is ideal. This means they can easily be plugged in without cables trailing all over the office or extension cables being needed.
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