What’s in Our Water Fountains?

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Water fountains have been an integral part of schools and other public places in the United States since they were first introduced in 1859. In recent years, however, these magical water dispensers have become less trusted by the general population. Due to an increase in public water incidents, more and more people are turning to other methods of hydration. But are these new safety measures justified? Let’s take a look.

The Fountain

While most of the attention is focused on the actual drinking water, we shouldn’t forget about the fountain itself. Most fountains have been touched by thousands, possibly millions, of people, so it’s easy to see why we should give them a little attention. But are they actually dangerous?

For the most part, this depends on what kind of care a specific fountain is receiving. If it’s getting routine, quality cleanings, then it’s likely to be in pretty good shape. Locations like schools and bus stops tend to have a higher percentage of harmful bacteria, but this can be countered with a frequent cleaning regimen.

No matter what quality your water fountain is in, there are steps that can be taken to create a safer work environment. Things like not putting your mouth directly on the water spigot, letting the water run for a couple seconds before drinking, and washing your hands afterward can make a big difference.

The Water

Water is crucial to human life, so it’s necessary that we understand what is in our H2O. Many water fountains deliver the same water that a tap would, so they face the same concerns we do at home. This includes unwanted materials like lead, copper, and an assortment of other potentially dangerous materials.

Random particles from perfumes, lotions, sunscreen, and even pharmaceutical drugs can sneak past the filters of our public water system. Schools are especially prone to many of these concerns. The EPA recently announced that thousands of schools were contaminated with various toxic materials. This issue isn’t just in specific areas, either; public, private, rural, and urban schools are all affected by tainted water.  

The Solution

While there isn’t a simple solution to improving our nation’s water pipes, there are easy steps that can be taken to provide the quality of water our bodies deserve. Bottled water and water filters create drastic improvements, and take little to no effort! Water Way makes it even easier by delivering water to our customers and providing high-quality filters that can cover sinks, bathtubs, and more. Learn more about our products and contact us for more information on improving your water quality!