5 Reasons Why You Need To Ditch Water Jugs

5 Gallon Jug vs Water Purification System

The source of your drinking water at work ( tap water, bottled water, water fountain, or 5-gallon water jug) might be causing more issues than you think, especially if you are getting your water from a 5-gallon jug. Considering around 70% of the human body is made up of water, the quality is extremely important, as well as drinking the right amount daily. There is a solution that will benefit both your company’s health and budget.

What is the difference between a 5-gallon jug and a water purification system?

A 5-gallon jug is often used in a typical office setting. It sits on top of a water dispenser and holds 5 gallons of water, earning its name. While 5-gallon jugs are still commonly used, there are much better alternatives that exist. At Pure Water Technology, we recognize the recurring issues surrounding drinking water in the workplace, specifically with the 5-gallon water jugs. We not only took action to find a drinking water solution that would provide fresher, cleaner water for commercial businesses, but we have also made it our mission to provide excellent customer service to make the process of accessing clean,pure, delicious tasting water that much easier. Our bottle-less water purification coolers are the most effective way to supply fresh, pure, oxygenated drinking water in the workplace. You might be thinking, “My 5-gallon water jug seems to be just fine,” or maybe you haven’t given the source of your office drinking water much thought at all. Let’s dive deeper into 5 different truths about the 5-gallon water jug and uncover why you need to make it your next priority to replace it.

1) 5-gallon jugs are unsanitary.

Have you ever taken the time to think about the cleanliness of a commercial 5-gallon water jug and the dispenser? The truth is, the jugs and their dispensers are not cleaned and cared for as often as they need to be.  Typically, the 5-gal water bottles sit in a reservoir that is part of the dispenser. This spot is often forgotten about and never gets sanitized, promoting the growth of algae and mold. The result is usually a green, slimy fungus that ends up being ingested. Consuming mold or algae in your drinking water can have detrimental effects on your health. The 5 gallon water jugs also get extremely dirty from sitting in storage or being transported during shipping, and if the bottle is not cleaned before use, you risk those contaminants and particles mingling with your drinking water, too. An advanced water purification system like those we offer at Pure Water Technology of Central PA and Northern MD uses carbon filtration and a reverse osmosis process. The carbon filtration removes chlorine and other chemicals. The reverse osmosis process removes heavy metals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and other dissolved solids. The Carbon filtration and Reverse Osmosis is followed by activated oxygen injection to remove bacteria, viruses, and parasites. This Auto Tank Sanitization process (ATS) assures a clean fresh tasting water. When it is time for the filter to be replaced, our advanced systems will notify you with a message and our professional service team is just a phone call away so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. With the convenience and accessibility of the water purification systems at Pure Water Technology, there’s no more excuse for drinking unclean, unhealthy water. 

The 5-gallon water jug also contributes to the spread of viruses and bacteria with its touch dispense faucet. In an age where society is deeply concerned with this issue, it is important to find an option that reduces germ dissemination. All of the water purification systems at Pure Water Technology have the option to utilize touch-less dispense activation like our customer favorite, PW90. Our units have also been designed with an antimicrobial agent to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria This is yet another way to promote health in your office with a simple switch in your supply of water. 

2) 5-gallon jugs are not eco-friendly.

While it is true that most 5-gallon jugs can be recycled to reduce plastic waste, the pollution released during their manufacturing and delivery process is harmful to the environment. There are much better, eco-friendly options out there to source your drinking water from. Because our products at Pure Water Technology are bottleless and are utilizing the water already in use in your building, we significantly reduce office waste in an attempt to promote a healthier future for the Earth. By using our commercial water purification systems and adopting a more sustainable approach to drinking water, your company can have a positive impact on the environment. Your business can help protect our planet. Our popular PW90 unit also displays how many plastic water bottles have been reduced.

3) 5-gallon jugs are difficult to replace.

While you may not consider this task to be dangerous, many people face injuries when replacing a commercial use 5-gallon water jug.  An individual who is changing the 5 gallon water jug cooler is at risk of injuring their hands, back, and neck. According to Argonne National Laboratory, “a full five gallon water cooler bottle weighs approximately 43 pounds.” This weight, along with the added awkward shape of the bottle and the distance it must be carried, can be hazardous. Regardless of the unnecessary dangers, it is also inconvenient and a workers’ compensation case waiting to occur. The difficulty an employee faces by replacing the jug or scheduling an outside vendor to appear on the premises takes away from productive, revenue driving tasks on a regular basis. Kitchen Fact shares that “The standard proportion for a facility or home that houses five to ten people is advised to plan to have three five-gallon water jugs every month. If you are in an office setting and employ thirty to fifty individuals, water deliveries can guarantee fifty, five-gallon water jugs for monthly distribution.” Between time and energy, it is evident that a 5-gallon water jug is not worth it. With one of the water cooler solutions at Pure Water Technology, such as the PW90, businesses could save time and prevent injury liability. Solutions like the PW90 are connected to the water system already in place in your building and are installed by our professional team so your employees won’t have to make time to regularly replace your source of water. When Pure Water Technology systems need servicing of any kind, our clients have access to our highly experienced service technicians who are factory certified for all the equipment and are ready to complete the job sometimes within the same day. Compared to companies that supply water jugs, our systems are much more convenient and our customer service is top-notch.

4) 5-gallon jugs take up storage space.

If you have spent any time around a 5-gallon jug, you know how big they are. Depending on the manufacturer, sizes vary, but according to Quirk Brain, “the usual dimensions of a 5-gallon water bottle or jug are in the neighborhood of a diameter of 11 inches and a height of 19 ⅔ inches.” You could say a 5-gallon jug is comparable to a medium sized dog. When it comes to supplying the jugs, most offices buy 5-gallon jugs in bulk to save on costs, but this leads to an overflow in storage. As we learned earlier, an office with 30-50 individuals might use up to 50, 5-gallon water bottles within one month. In this case, the extra supply of water jugs will be taking up a significant amount of space in storage. The storage space being used for the water jugs is inconvenient and wasteful. That square footage could be used for something more beneficial to the company, such as expanding offices for employees to utilize. Pure Water Technology offers solutions that actively save space. Our systems are designed to fit easily into any office and because they are connected to the water system that already exists within the building, there is no need for extra storage space. 

5) 5-gallon jugs are overly expensive.

When it comes to 5-gallon water jugs, most people won’t see a good return on their investment. The money you spend for the product isn’t worth it in the end, especially considering all the risk you have as a buyer. The potential added costs of a 5-gallon jug might not be economically feasible. Between the cost of the actual water jugs plus a potential delivery fee, the amount of money you’re spending quickly adds up and can become overly expensive. In the case of Pure Water Technology, we guarantee our water purification systems are worth your investment. After installation, our clients have easy access to healthy, quality tasting water at an appropriate cost. With the purchase of one of our products, Pure Water Technology will also take care of any servicing or cleaning required for no extra charge, unlike most water jug companies.


What should I replace my 5-gallon jug with at the office?

The best way to access great tasting, clean water in your office is through a water purification system. Pure Water Technology currently offers over six different commercial water purification systems , each product meeting a variety of unique office needs. All of our systems utilize advanced, touchless, and bottleless technology to better your water drinking experience. We also offer delicious tasting ice and water combination units. If your office is presently using a 5-gallon water jug or another source of drinking water you are unhappy with, contact us for a no obligation, completely free-trial so you can see first-hand what differentiates Pure Water Technology from others. Reliable ice and water are the ultimate perks your employees deserve. Our team is ready to help you make the next steps towards improving your office today. 


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