Bottled Water Service vs Point-of-Use

Which is better: bottled water service or point-of-use?

Depending where you live, it’s no secret that tap water usually doesn’t taste that great. Tap water isn’t dangerous to drink because it’s mostly regulated. However, it may contain minerals or particles that affect its odor, taste, and even color.

If you want to provide water for your employees or customers, you won’t win any awards if you simply provide tap water. You want an Office Water Service. There are 2 common types of water service:

  • Bottled Water Dispensers
  • Point-of-Use Dispensers
a glass of filtered office water

Both services use different methods to provide clean, filtered water. Depending on your needs, one service may work better for you over the other. Here we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each to help you decide which office water service you should choose.

an office water cooler dispenser

Bottled Water Dispensers

With bottled water service, the water you drink is filtered off-site. Your water service provider will deliver bottles of water ranging in 2, 3, or 5-gallon bottles. The water bottles go into a dispenser that can deliver the water hot or cold.

If the price is your main concern and you have a smaller office that drinks less than 50 gallons of water a month, this option is probably the most affordable. If your office consumes more water than that and price is your main concern, this option is probably not for you.

If your primary concern is how environmentally friendly the service is, this is not the option for you. Bottled water dispensers have a negative impact on the environment with delivery trucks transporting water bottles and the manufacturing of water bottles.

A bottled water service is mostly convenient and affordable. The actual service itself is convenient unless you do not want to deal with having new water bottles delivered, storing water bottles, and having empty water bottles removed.

Pros and Cons of Bottled Water Dispenser Service

Pros and Cons of Bottled Water Dispenser Service

point of use Quench water dispenser


Point-of-Use Dispensers are exactly like they sound. Instead of having the water filtered off site, the water is filtered right as you use it. The dispenser hooks directly into your water line and filters the water as needed. This means there is no need to store water bottles or deal with having water bottle deliveries.

If the price is your main concern and your office drinks more than 50 gallons of water a month, then a point-of-use dispenser will probably be the least expensive option. If your office drinks less water than that, a point-of-use dispenser may actually be more expensive than a bottled water service.

If your main concern is the environment, this is the option for you. Point-of-use service reduces our ecological footprint by reducing the amount of plastic water bottles being produced and eliminating the need for trucks to pollute while making deliveries.

Like the bottled water service, a point-of-use dispenser is convenient and mostly affordable.

Pros and Cons of Point-of-Use Dispenser Service

Pros and Cons of Point-of-Use Dispenser Service


Both services are convenient and affordable ways to provide clean, refreshing water to your employees or customers. The one you choose will depend on your specific needs and concerns: what you are willing to pay, and which service will best serve you based on the size of your business.

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