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Specifiers key in reducing use of bottled water

Specifiers key in reducing use of bottled water

We believe it’s vital that architects and specifiers choose their clients’ drinking water supply wisely, especially due to the recent discoveries of plastic fibres found in bottled water. Alarmingly, the levels of fibres found are twice as high as tap water.

The study, commissioned by Orb Media, found an average of 10 confirmed plastic particles – each larger than the size of a human hair – for every litre of water being sold. A further 314 smaller particles per litre assumed to be plastic were discovered.

“Anyone responsible for specifying the drinking water system for an organisation – no matter the size – is playing an important role in maintaining the health of the users as well as the environment,” comments marketing director Russell Owens. “The fact that bottled drinking water is likely to be contaminated is hugely concerning, particularly as it’s still common for workplaces to have water coolers, which use bottled water.

“When considering drinking water systems, bottled water is often chosen as it’s perceived to be purer”, Russell continues. “However, if microplastics are also present in bottled water, users may well be ingesting more of these particles than they think.

“Those in a specification role have the chance to influence the eradication of plastic bottles. We are all aware of the detrimental impact plastic has on the environment, but we now know that our health could be at risk too. I’d urge specifiers to look at other options for their drinking water supply to avoid bottled water.”

Our priority is to provide the purest, healthiest water possible, so offers the highest levels of filtration. The Zip HydroTap uses a 0.2 micron MicroPurity filter, which filters out particles bigger than 0.2 micron – and with a human hair being approximately 75 microns across, its filters remove a significant proportion of contaminants.

In addition, the HydroTap provides boiling, chilled and sparkling water, instantly, making it the convenient choice for any workplace, with no more time wasted waiting for the kettle to boil.


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