Client

University of East Anglia

Sector Education

Location Norwich

Range Zip HydroTap for Work

"Hygiene and instant use are the biggest benefits,” says Tim. “Everyone has access to the convenience of filtered boiling and chilled water on their tea break - it’s there, it’s instant. Especially with the current circumstances, the HydroTap reduces risk by removing the need for people to congregate in one room to get their drinks."

Tim Ford, Operations Manager | University of East Anglia (UEA)

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The brief

Ensuring a safe and hygienic working environment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic became a key priority for UEA. Balancing this goal alongside UEA’s campus-wide sustainability initiatives and ensuring optimum employee hydration became a challenge for CBRE, UEA’s maintenance subcontractor. UEA is a longstanding customer, so CBRE turned to Zip to upgrade its drinking water solution within the Estates Department kitchen. This ensured all hygiene, sustainability and employee hydration requirements were met.

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The solution

We installed the new HydroTap Classic Plus, ticking off all requirements. Offering instant filtered boiling and chilled water at the touch of a button means that staff can quickly and easily fill up their bottles and mugs without needing to queue. The addition of SteriTouch® antimicrobial technology in the touchpad and in key components in the water path, which kills 99.9% of bacteria, ensuring a safe and hygienic environment. “With the current COVID-19 climate, the addition of SteriTouch technology is a must to kill bacteria from multiple people using it,” says Tim Ford, UEA’s Operations Manager. Supporting low-carbon goals through energy efficiency and the reduction of their environmental impact is of utmost importance to the UEA. The HydroTap Classic Plus aligns with this goal by reducing reliance on single-use plastic water bottles thanks to instant access to pure-tasting filtered water. “Staff reuse and refill their own cups and containers rather than buying single-use bottles. UEA support this greatly - for example, discounts are offered to people bringing in their own reusable coffee cups across their cafés,” says Tim. Alongside supporting refill culture, the HydroTap Classic Plus goes further by reducing water wastage thanks to air-cooling technology as well as conserving energy with features such as the lux sensor and programmable timer.

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The results

"Hygiene and instant use are the biggest benefits,” says Tim. “Everyone has access to the convenience of filtered boiling and chilled water on their tea break - it’s there, it’s instant. Especially with the current circumstances, the HydroTap reduces risk by removing the need for people to congregate in one room to get their drinks."

Tim Ford , Operations Manager
University of East Anglia (UEA)

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