Drinking water at work

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Access to water in the workplace, first of all, is an employee right, set out in the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992, where is states that

“1) There should be an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water;

 2) It should be: a) readily accessible and b) conspicuous to members of staff;

 3) There should be an adequate numbers of cups or drinking vessels (except for water fountains).”


Everyone knows that it’s important to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. The benefits of staying hydrated include improved health, concentration and general well-being. In the workplace, this can translate into reduced sickness absence, increased worker mental and physical performance. Conversely, just drinking caffeinated drinks and no water can actually dehydrate workers and lower employee performance.

How to tell if you’re dehydrated- symptoms include:

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Shorter attention span
  • Information retention worsens.


These can all negatively effect employee performance, resulting in lower work standards and possibly an increased number of errors.


So now you know the importance of water, what do you do now?

If you don’t already, then actively encourage workers to drink more water- if not to replace caffeinated drinks, then at least to drink water alongside them. Then you need to supply easily accessible and clean water. The main method of doing this is by providing a water cooler prominently in the workplace. Water coolers provide a constant supply of fresh, cooled drinking water.


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Comments (5)

JJ | 20 October 2010 12:0

We bought a free standing water dispenser and the bottles needed to keep the water flowing and it's brilliant! So much cheaper than hiring a water cooler and then being tied into a contract

Jane Bilton | 22 October 2010 10:9

We have been renting our water cooler for years, we could have saved a furtune by buying one sooner.....live and learn !!

Ben | 23 October 2010 8:19

I drink loads of water at work - it keeps me fresh and alert and now i've seen this i'm going to ask the boss for one of these water coolers in the office. We never wanted to rent a water cooler because of the cost, but buying one for just £135 makes TOTAL sense

Gurdeep | 25 October 2010 17:8

We drink many gallons of water each day at work as it improves concentration no end. But buing one from here instead of renting saved us a considerable amount each year!

Barry Mac | 29 October 2010 10:39

I drink loads of water at work far more than anywhere else, i sit right next to the water cooler in our office so i can just wheel my chair over and back again, very lazy

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