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Point of Use Water Service: How Does it Work?

If you are looking to offer filtered water to employees, customers, and visitors in your workplace, you may have heard of “point of use” water. A point of use water system is an efficient way of filtering tap water that comes from your building’s water line. A filtration unit is installed right where you dispense water, so you can conveniently use the tap water you already have for purified drinking water. 

Related: Bottled Water vs. Water Coolers: Pros and Cons

You can choose to add a point of use filtration system to your sink (by adding a filtered water spout) or you can buy a point of use water cooler. No matter which you choose, point of use is becoming a more and more popular option because it’s cost-efficient, eco-friendly, and is hassle-free (no bulky gallon bottle deliveries or storage). 

If you are considering a point of use water service for your business, take a closer look at point of use water coolers. You can also follow these 6 easy steps to get started with a point of use service.

1. Locate your building’s most convenient water line.

To use a point of use water service, you will need to have a functioning water line in a convenient location. This is because the water service supplier will have to come in and connect the point of use system to your water source. We recommend first checking underneath your sink, since many buildings have a functioning water line here. It is also ideal to locate your water cooler in your kitchen. If you can’t locate your water line on your own or want to know more about how this is done, ask your supplier for a consultation or check out this helpful article by Waterlogic. 

Note: if you don’t have a water line in a location where you want your water cooler, you might consider other types of water dispensers.

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2. Choose your point of use water cooler model.

Once you’ve located your water line and are happy with the location, it’s time to compare different point of use water cooler models. There are several different units to choose from, such as:

  • Freestanding units
  • Countertop units
  • Water spouts (attached to sink)

Most will choose their type of point of use cooler based on how much space they have, as well as convenience and preference. For instance, do you want to save space by adding a filtered water spout to your sink? Would you rather have a larger unit that can also produce ice? Keep in mind that countertop models are good for small to medium sized business while standing models are better for larger businesses. You also might consider add-ons when choosing your point of use unit, such as:

  • Hot water spout
  • Sparkling water spout
  • Ice dispenser

Learn more about the different types of water dispensers here.

3. Sign up for a water service.

Next it’s time to sign up for a point of use service with a water supplier. Signing up for a water service is the best way to cut costs in the long-term and take advantage of added perks, such as installation, routine cleaning and maintenance.  Start by considering top-rated water service suppliers that offer point of use options such as:

If you want some assistance finding the best water service supplier for your needs, feel free to use our free online tool that matches you with your best fitted suppliers.

4. Schedule installation.

Upon signing up for a water service, your supplier will work with you to schedule a date to come install your point of use system. Make sure to pick a day when you have a staff member available to attend the installation and learn about the system. You will want to make sure all your employees know how to use the system and keep it clean. Before the installation, also make sure to keep the area around your water line clear, as well as the space you intend to locate the new water cooler.

5. Enjoy a limitless clean water supply.

Congratulations! One of the biggest perks of point of use water services is that after installation, you can enjoy a limitless supply of purified water. Compared to bottle water coolers and individual water bottles, point of use systems are much more hassle-free. You won’t have to worry about accepting frequent deliveries or designating space in your breakroom for bulky bottles.

6. Utilize customer service for routine maintenance. 

Another huge benefit of point of use water services is that they often include cleaning and maintenance appointments. It’s a good idea to ask your supplier how often they recommend routine cleaning and maintenance visits. Then, schedule them ahead of time (ie. every 3 months-6 months) so you don’t forget. Keeping your point of use system clean and well-maintained is important to ensure you’re providing the cleanest water to your workplace. Plus, it’ll ensure your point of use cooler lasts a long time!

Related: Water Service Buyer’s Guide

If you are ready to compare prices on a point of use water service, we’re here to help! 360Connect’s free online tool matches you with top water service suppliers in your area so you can develop a positive partnership that suits your needs. We also have you time and money on your water service search!

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