Water coolers have become very common in the home and in the workplace. The water coolers at businesses often provide refreshment to employees and clients. This is great when you look at it from the point of view that everyone has the water they need to stay hydrated, but then you think about all the people and their germs that come in contact with the water cooler. Water coolers often are much safer when they are the refrigerated variety, because they are too cold to really harbor much in the way of germs and bacteria. Whatever type of water cooler you have in your home or office, you must pay attention to your hygiene and the cleanliness of the cooler on a regular basis.
Many companies hire an outside company to not only supply their water, but also to sanitize the water cooler daily or weekly. This is a good idea because commercial grade products can be used to keep the water coolers in good working order, without the introduction of bacteria into the water or in and around the water cooler surface. If you have water coolers in your home, it is simply a good idea to clean the surface of the water cooler with a disinfectant every time you change the water. Those that drink out of water coolers in the office or at home should be encouraged to wash their hands before use and only use a cup one time; this will do away with much of the chance for transfer of bacteria and other germs. Water coolers are only as beneficial as they are safe, so steps should be put in place to keep them clean and hygienically safe for everyone to use and enjoy.