As water coolers evolve to include more complex point-of-use filtration systems, certification becomes increasingly important. Dave Bentley, technical manager for NSF Intl., recently discussed the ins and outs of cooler certification with Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline.
Kate Cline: Which NSF standards apply to water coolers?
The Palm Spring water dispenser comes equipped with a five-stage reverse osmosis (RO) system suitable for places with a greater demand of drinking water such as meeting or convention rooms. The dispenser is available in cold, hot and room temperatures and can also dispense soda water. Options include an ultraviolet (UV) and direct chill system.
The Linis Water Station III is a POU purification cooler that offers 15,000-gal-rated microfiltration and a 250-gpd RO system with 3.5 gal of onboard storage. Features include push-button dispensing, in-tank UV guard, BioCote antimicrobial surface protection and a large dispensing area. A 3/8-in. hub port enables the station to feed RO water to additional stations as well as coffee makers and ice machines.
NSF/ANSI standards for water coolers
Worldwide design trends mark growing consumer awareness of cooler hygiene+
Let’s face it. Water coolers tend to grow stuff, and cooler sanitation is becoming more and more important in the mind of the consumer. Meeting sanitation requirements is very labor-intensive, and even then, contaminants can come into contact with water.
New technology offers quick and easy cooler sanitation