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For Hydration Stations / Water Fountains

Commercial Filtration for Hydration Station and Water Fountain Applications

Hydration stations and water fountains pose two main potential issues. First, their use is typically intermittent, meaning stagnant water in the system, which can lead to bacteria growth and the spread of waterborne pathogens through water aerosolization. Second, routine cleaning and maintenance of the water lines between the filter and water outlet is not practiced regularly, leaving contaminants remaining in the drinking water.

Since water fountains and hydration stations in a healthcare facility are aerosolizing devices, they are a potential risk that should be covered by a facilities water management plan. While water management plan requirements currently apply only to healthcare facilities, any high-occupancy building should consider building water risk mitigation into their facility maintenance and repair plan for the safety of their occupants.

When fountains are subject to prolonged inactivity and stagnant water, biofilm can grow, decreasing the efficiency of a system while introducing increased risk to users. Traditional carbon filtration solves for taste and odor, but often removes the disinfectant that municipal water systems add to help keep water pure. To improve the safety of water provided, and to avoid considerable financial and reputational cost, applying a combined solution for bacteria, viruses, taste, odor, and scale at your hydration stations and water fountains is a smart investment.

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