Bottled Water Dispenser
Bottled water dispensers are water dispensing units that are not connected to a piped water supply source, unlike direct piping water dispensers. As the name implies, the water source is drawn from a water container or bottle. Each water container contains a limited volume of stored water and is detachable from the main body unit to be replaced with a new bottle.
Bottled water dispensers are most suitable for areas that do not have a direct water point access or is inconvenient to connect to. Most bottled type water dispensers are able to dispense both hot and cold water, only requiring a connection to an electrical power supply for the heating and cooling function. Thus they can be conveniently placed anywhere within the house, office or commercial area.
The most common form of bottled water dispensers is the top-loading water dispenser, whereby the water container is placed on top of the unit. In recently years, manufacturers have developed a new line, which is the bottom loading water dispenser. This type of water dispenser places the bottle of water at the bottom within the body of the dispenser, thus removing the need of lifting the heavy water container onto the unit.
There are points to take note of before opting to install a bottled type water dispensing unit:
- Regular replenishment of bottled water supply. Because the unit draws its water from the water container, you will need a long-term agreement with the vendor to provide a constant supply of water – scheduled at regular intervals. The interval period depends on the number of bottles delivered each time and how long does it take to exhaust that supply. In other words, this means recurring costs to operate a bottled type water dispenser.
- Storage space for the bottle waters. You will need to consider holding space for the additional water containers. In additional, because of the weight of the filled water containers, you probably might not want to store them too far away from the water dispenser.
- Be prepared for water shortages or glut. It can be challenging to estimate the optimal number of water containers required, especially in the beginning. Sometimes the water supply runs out several days before the next delivery, and at other times, you may experience an over supply of water.