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Your water dispenser and your health

Water of good quality is of basic importance to human physiology, and man’s continued existence depends very much on its availability.

Water dispensers are a great and convenient way to access safe drinking water. They dispense hot or chilled water at a single press of a button.

Although we put clean bottled water in them, the water that flows out would be contaminated if the machine is dirty, and this has a detrimental impact on one’s health.

Below are some of the reasons a dispenser can be dirty overtime:

· Bad cleaning methods

· Poor sterilizing and disinfecting practices

· Location of the water dispenser (direct sunlight, near machinery, plants, sources of odour, or areas prone to insects).

If your machine is not serviced regularly, it becomes a breeding environment for bacteria growth. These bacteria multiply at a rapid rate especially around the high touch areas (like the spigot) and travel into the reservoir where multiplication accelerates. The bacteria can form a biofilm that affects the water quality and taste, making the water contaminated.

Some of the more commonly reported problems experienced from drinking impure water include, but are not limited to, the following waterborne illnesses:

· Gastrointestinal Problems

· Diarrhea

· Typhoid

· Nausea

· Intestinal or Stomach Aches, Pains, and Cramping

Though you might not be able to control the hygiene practices of its users, you can avoid germ build-up and spread by regularly servicing your water dispenser.

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