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Health experts invariably preach about the value of drinking lots of water…and rightly so! After all, water is life! It is the liquid gold that keeps your body hydrated and healthy inside and out.

Doctors recommend drinking lots of water to stay healthy.
Doctors recommend drinking lots of water to stay healthy.

Dedicated to the challenge of drinking those 8 glasses of water every day, we fill up our glass or trendy bamboo bottle. Along with every drop comes our hopes of dewy skin, effortless digestion, and a healthy glow.

We add cucumber, lemon or mint to enhance the H2O taste. Furthermore, we store bulky jugs of water in the fridge while relentlessly filling up ice trays.

Fresh fruit adds some fruitiness to fresh water, without the calories of fruit juice.
Fresh fruit adds some fruitiness to fresh water, without the calories of fruit juice.

Well, it’s 2021 and time to kick these struggles to the curb and optimize how you get your 8 glasses.

In an era of hyper health consciousness, it’s important to make sure you are getting the best water. At the same time, it’s important to make the process easy so that you don’t drop the habit.

Before we get into the details about the different types of water dispensers, let’s talk about how healthy the water is that you are drinking.

Choose between filter or no filter

We are lucky to live in a country with good quality tap water that is safe to drink in most parts of South Africa.

This means that it is generally not necessary to filter the water. Our tap water quality has, however, declined in various municipalities over the last years. Because of this, it is not a bad idea to opt for a water dispenser with filter. You know what they say: better safe than sorry. 

Remember, that having a built-in filter means you have to maintain it. Filters have a lifespan and need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. That said, this depends on the size of the filter and how much water you use.

If possible, choose a fridge or water dispenser that has a filter change function on the front display. It will warn you when it is time to put in a new one. This makes it a hassle-free way to get the easily forgotten job done timeously. Don’t forget to run sufficient water through the newly installed filter until it is crystal clear before you start drinking it.

This process allows for any impurities from the production process to be cleaned out of the filter. Failing to change the filter regularly can result in bad bacteria building up in the filter which will make its way into your drinking water.

Fridge fresh and ice-cold

There is nothing more refreshing after a workout than ice-cold water from home.
There is nothing more refreshing after a workout than ice-cold water from home.

Investing in a fridge with built-in water and ice dispenser may be worth the money, especially during the South African summer months. There are, however, a couple of points to consider and remember when making this luxury purchase decision.

Consider Plumbing Access

Perfectly chilled, purified water on demand does call for plumbing installation. It is therefore important that you think about where you are placing your fridge, as you ideally want to choose a location where you have easy access to existing plumbing.

This will make the plumber’s job that much easier and faster and will save you big bucks on moving or installing plumbing.

Consider Your Ice Consumption

How much do you freeze? Having an ice dispenser in your freezer is a fabulous addition, especially if you enjoy smoothies, slushies and entertaining. The bulky dispenser does, however, come at a price, as it takes up a fair amount of freezer space.

Depending on your freezer needs and size of your family, It might be worthwhile investing in a free-standing ice-making machine.

That way you will have all the space you need in the freezer and an endless supply of frosty ice cubes waiting for you in the ice maker.

Freestanding water dispenser

Opting for a free-standing water dispenser is a sure way to get a healthy, continuous supply of delicious water be it in an office environment or at home.

Find a Water Dispenser That Fits Your Home or Office

If you have space and are able to opt for a plumbed-in free-standing water dispenser, we say do it! Not only will you not have to constantly replace the empty water bottles, but you will also have the option to have hot water for those winter-time teas and coffees.

If you prefer a space-saving option, take a look at some smaller free-standing water dispenser options that are not plumbed in and therefore also more flexible to place.

Think About Product Longevity and Safety

Getting your regular fill of safe drinking water neither have to be complicated nor expensive.
Getting your regular fill of safe drinking water neither have to be complicated nor expensive.

Living it up along the coast? Make sure to choose a rust-resistant stainless steel water dispenser and check that it has a second layer of protection against electric shock on top of standard insulation to ensure the appliance is ultimately safe to use.

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