Politicians demand: More water dispenser in public areas
The inclusion of water dispensers in institutions and companies is a growing trend, primarily due to their convenience and ability to provide clean and fresh water. But environmental protection is also playing an increasingly important role, as the transport of plastic bottles compared to tap water means that 600 times at CO2 is produced. The Federal Government is now calling for the installation of further, wired water dispensers in public institutions and in particular outdoors.
The Water Resources Act, a nationwide regulation in Germany, aims to protect nature's water balance in the interest of sustainable development. It sets the legal framework for the use and protection of water as a resource. In connection with water dispensers, the WHG primarily concerns the quantity and quality of water and its increased availability to citizens.
The required water dispensers should be connected directly to the water network in order to enable the most efficient flow of water and the associated savings in transport costs. For devices that are connected to the water network, the water quality must be ensured in accordance with the requirements of the Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV), which is part of the WHG. The TrinkwV requires that the water must be germ-free, colourless, clear, cool and odourless and must not exceed certain chemical parameters. Compliance with these regulations is the responsibility of the water dispenser operator, who in turn is controlled by the local health department.
Aspects of water use and conservation play a central role at WHG. The advantage of using water dispensers with a fixed connection is that no plastic bottles are required to provide drinking water. This applies in particular to the use of tap water-based devices which use bottled water dispensers to minimize the consumption of plastic bottles.
The inclusion of water dispensers in the German Water Resources Act is an important aspect of protecting water resources and the health of the population. It requires equipment operators to take a certain amount of responsibility and care to ensure that water is used both efficiently and safely.
It is hoped that innovative solutions will be developed in the future to further improve the efficiency and sustainability of water dispensers, and that the legal framework will be adjusted accordingly to support these developments. In this sense, the WHG serves as a basic guideline that defines both rights and obligations when dealing with water resources.
Water dispensers offer several positive aspects for the environment and health:
- Reducing plastic waste: Water dispensers help reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are one of the biggest sources of marine pollution and contribute to global environmental pollution. Taped water dispensers make a targeted contribution to reducing these negative environmental effects.
- Reducing energy consumption: The manufacturing process of single-use plastic bottles requires a large amount of energy and generates additional CO2 emissions. By using water dispensers with a fixed water connection, this energy consumption and the associated emissions are reduced.
As far as health promotion is concerned:
- Hydration: Adequate hydration is essential for human health. It helps to maintain physical performance, improve concentration, reduce fatigue and helps improve the function of internal organs.
- Water quality: Many piped water dispensers have filtration systems that remove contaminants and potential pollutants from the water. This helps to improve the quality of water used according to the principle: filter your water or be the filter of your water.
- Encouragement to drink: The visible and easily accessible presence of a fresh water dispenser can encourage people to drink more water. This is particularly important in work environments, schools, or other public places where people often forget to drink enough.
Overall, water dispensers can therefore positively influence both the environment and health. However, it is important to note that water dispensers also consume energy and should therefore be used responsibly.