The UK’s largest water cooler trade association, the EDWCA, has issued a warning against the use of unregulated and unaccredited water cooler suppliers. The European Drinking Water Cooler Association warns that drinking water quality and hygiene is being compromised by unregulated and untrained distributors.
According to the chairman of the EDWCA, James Anderton, the need to ensure that water cooler installation and maintenance meets stringent water regulation and hygiene requirements is an imperative; “Our aim is to ensure that the highest standards of hygiene and safety of drinking water is assured in order to protect the consumer. To achieve this we require our supplier members to undergo a strict annual audit. With 149 companies on our register, we know that there is a healthy market of choice for buyers, but those that fall outside our membership – or those companies that fail our stringent audits – may not fulfil essential criteria for safe and reliable delivery. We urge those buying and specifying the supply of drinking water coolers to consider carefully the credentials of the suppliers they choose,” stressed Anderton. “Those that are accredited by the EDWCA are rigorously assessed – creating confidence that they will consistently deliver safe drinking water to the highest standards of hygiene and quality.”