Hydrated employees are often healthy and happy, motivated and productive. Staying hydrated while working is important for employees’ efficiency. It is obligatory for an organization to provide a consistent and healthy source of beverages to the employees. Therefore, the organization needs to fit hydration into the overall workplace wellness scheme.
The point of use water treatment technologies should be well placed and approachable for all the employees in the office. Not only accessibility but hygiene is also of utmost importance. Most offices and organizations rely on plastic water bottles for providing clean and quality driven water arrangement to their employees. They stay oblivious to the fact that the bottled water bought by them in bulk inflicts inexhaustible impact to the environment. From overflowing landfills to marine pollution, from chemical leaching into water bottles to microplastics seeping into the human body, the effects of plastic bottles are biological as well as physical. Not only that, there are seasonal fluctuations in the supply of the bottled water which in turn gives rise to tracking and stock maintenance issues in the office. There is office space wastage in stacking water bottles along with the energy wastage on the cooling system. Manpower cost is also incurred in carrying and loading water bottles to the specified point of use locations.
Drinking water station can be connected to any water source inside the offices and installed conveniently to provide high-quality water in adequate quantity. It is a duty of any organization as per Environment Protection Act, 1986 and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 to act responsibly towards ecological sustenance and plastic waste management.
Drinking Water Stations are suitable for places that have finite footfall. They are perfect for private and semi-private spaces. The reason is that the filters need regular maintenance and their dispensing capacity is also limited. Gymnasiums, Hospitals, Corporate offices, Airports, Hotels etc. are the most appropriate places to install drinking water stations. For outdoors, Drinking Water Fountains and Bottle Filling Stations are more useful.
Many organizations have been able to contribute to ecological sustainability by installing Drinking Water Stations. Manufacturing and incineration of plastic bottles, fuel consumption during their logistics result in huge carbon emissions when viewed at a macro level. Not only that, the entire value chain of commercial water bottles is detrimental to the environment. By saying ‘no' to bottled water and saying ‘yes' to point of use hydration systems, the organizations adhere to Corporate Social Responsibility rubrics. CSR or Sustainability Strategy acts as a catalyst in increasing the company's growth rate, motivating employees and the entire span of management, enhancing shareholder's value and kicking off the company's all-round development. The idea of ‘Corporate Citizenship' in today's era is at its peak. It has become indispensable for an organization that is conscious of its goodwill to act as a responsible corporate citizen.
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