If you’re looking to buy a water cooler in Chicago, Dennis Friedrichs of Chicagoland Water Conditioning & Purification in Morton Grove, Illinois, is just the expert you need. Friedrichs says that his company has been improving water quality in Chicago’s homes and businesses since 1969 and that drinking water systems are an important part of his business. Friedrichs also says that if you’re in the market for an office or residential water cooler, then don’t go for the “old standard” bottled water delivery service. Rather, he says, opt for a plumbed-in system that delivers chilled, filtered water straight from the tap.

“Water coolers have gotten a lot more sophisticated in recent years,” he says. “At Chicagoland Water Conditioning & Purification, we focus on drinking water solutions that offer enhanced health and environmental benefits over bottled water systems.”

Health Benefits

Water coolers come in all shapes and sizes, from simple wall-mounted water fountains to sophisticated plumbed-in systems that provide instant hot or cold water at the touch of a button,” says Friedrichs. While not all water coolers come with the same bells and whistles, all offer one big benefit encouraging your employees or family members to drink more water throughout the day.

“By making it easy to grab a glass of cold water,” says Friedrichs, “water coolers serve as a reminder to stay hydrated throughout the day.”

Adequate hydration is essential for optimal health and job performance, says Friedrichs. Water helps you to stay alert, boosts metabolism, aids in digestion, helps to regulate your body temperature, and keeps your joints and muscles lubricated. Most doctors recommend drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

Water filtration and purification systems offer even greater health benefits by removing many of the contaminants found in tap water. But, Friedrichs says, bottled water systems can’t compete with plumbed-in systems when it comes to water quality. “We’ve all heard the rumors,” says Friedrichs, “that some types of bottled water really just tap water wrapped in plastic. Unfortunately, it’s true.” According to Friedrichs, unless the water is labeled as “filtered” or “purified,” it likely contains many of the same contaminants found in tap water. Today’s plumbed-in water treatment systems, though, ensure that your drinking water is crystal clear, free from chemical and biological contaminants, and safe for everyone in your home or office to enjoy.

Environmental Benefits

According to Friedrichs, bottled water systems pose real environmental problems. “In fact,” he says, “some municipalities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and our hometown, Chicago, have gone so far as to ban the use of city dollars to purchase bottled water.”

Bottled water, says Friedrichs, is a leading source of plastic pollution. Although recycling capability exists, only about 15% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled. The vast majority of used water bottles end up in landfills, exacerbating an already dismal waste management situation.

Plastic in landfills isn’t the only environmental concern associated with widespread consumption of bottled water, says Friedrichs. The manufacturing, transport, and distribution of bottled water come with a fairly sizeable environmental footprint. Bottled water requires a tremendous amount of energy to produce, creating an unnecessary drain on limited fossil fuel resources. And the burning of those fossil fuels contributes to ozone depletion and air pollution.

The best way to avoid contributing to the growing environmental problems associated with bottled water is to install a drinking water system that delivers fresh, clean water straight from the tap. “But don’t forget that plastic and paper cups are also environmentally irresponsible,” says Friedrichs. “At Chicagoland Water Conditioning & Purification, we strongly encourage the use of BPA-free reusable plastic water bottles to stay hydrated without the waste of disposable cups.

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