Water really is the source for life. In fact, without it there would be no life on earth. As humans, we feel the effects of dehydration when we don't drink enough. Tiredness, lack of focus are just two of the symptoms so, it should come as no surprise to hear, one of the most important services a school can provide, is clean drinking water.
A mature adult is estimated to lose between 2.5 and 3 litres of water per day. This loss needs to be quickly replaced in order for them to learn and perform. However, up to 80 per cent of people in Australia report symptoms of dehydration like, loss of energy and lethargy, every day.
Education and hydration go hand in hand
The lack of focus and energy which comes when suffering with dehydration is just the same for children. So, sitting in a classroom and trying to focus without having access to fresh drinking water would be very difficult.
Luckily for us, in Australia we have access to fresh drinking water. However, what are the solutions education providers can look to, to ensure they're providing the correct amount of fresh drinking water for their students and staff?
• Filtered water taps with the option of hot and cold water at the press of the button.
• Water coolers which only require a single power point to operate and are floor standing, making them versatile and easily moved to accommodate needs.
• Drinking fountains or "bubblers" are probably the most popular within schools. They are easy to spot and can be placed in locations inside and outside. They can also offer a continual supply of chilled water.
• Wall mounted instant boiling units provide hot water efficiently and safely as they can be kept out of the reach of little people.
If you think your school or education establishment needs to install a new system, there are a few things to consider first:
1. What size and scale are you looking for? How many students and staff will you be providing water for?
2. What's the climate like at your location? Is it predominantly hot or cold?
3. What's the most suitable solution for your needs? I.e. will you need to be boiling a lot of water at one time or do you need quick easy access to drinking water for the majority of students?
4. Are there any safety considerations which need to be addressed?
Good maintenance is key
Providing clean, fresh drinking water for your education facility goes beyond just having one installed. After all, it will need to work to the highest standards over the course of a long time, for a lot of people. That's why maintenance of the system is just as important as having it installed. If it breaks down, you can run the risk of flooding, short circuiting, or violating Occupational Health and Safety benchmarks.
To avoid the breakdown of your water system, you need to ensure your onsite maintenance team understands how to service and maintain it properly. If you don't have the benefit of an onsite maintenance team, you can always call in a dedicated expert to assist you and keep the system running efficiently and correctly.