Are your employees drinking clean water?
A quick check of the national news and you’re likely to hear about another crisis involving unsafe municipal water supplies. You’re probably familiar with the recent lead contaminations in Flint, Mich. and the ongoing issues with Chromium-6 that gained notoriety in the true story turned Hollywood film “Erin Brockovich.”
These dangerous contaminates – along with arsenic, microorganisms and other pollutants from agricultural runoff – endanger not only homes and families, but offices and employees. Position yourself next to the sink at your office and you’ll be surprised how often your employees turn on the tap throughout the day. From making coffee, to rinsing plates and silverware, to filling up bottles, the water in your office plays a pivotal role in keeping your employees productive and happy.
Keeping the water supply safe requires constant vigilance, not just on the part of the officials and agencies who oversee drinking-water safety, but, increasingly, by all of us. While popular, filters installed on refrigerators, drinking fountains, and faucets provide a false sense of security. The output from those devices is only as good as the quality of the filter and does little to purify the water.
“What’s scary is that you just don’t know how clean your drinking water is unless you are proactively purifying it,” said Brian Sprague, general manager of RK Dixon’s Purity Plus division. “Much of our country’s drinking water infrastructure is approaching the age at which it needs to be replaced. Because of this, many of the pipes are leaking, which threatens water quality by leaching contaminants into the water they carry. The reality is that you’re only an environmental disaster or flood away from unknowingly providing dirty water to your employees.”
There are multiple examples that illustrate this.
- In Iowa, the Des Moines Water Works sued Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties in 2015, alleging underground drainage tiles act as conduits that enable high levels of nitrates to move from farm fields into the Raccoon River, one of two sources of drinking water for 500,000 metro area residents. (Update – In March 2017, a federal judge dismissed the case determining that Iowa’s water quality problems are an issue for the Iowa legislature to resolve.)
- In 2012, a microbiologist published research that linked widespread gastrointestinal illnesses in 14 Wisconsin communities (population range 1,363–8,300) to viruses in the public water systems. Further research showed the contaminants were likely coming from leaking municipal sewage lines.
- A Chicago Tribune analysis of Illinois data has identified about 170 public water systems in the state – serving about 700,000 people in all – with lead test results that exceeded federal standards during at least one year since 2004.
- Wisconsin state officials agreed in September 2016 that the state must move as quickly as possible to replace all of the estimated 176,000 lead pipes providing drinking water to homes and businesses in the state. Milwaukee alone, where 60 percent of the state’s known lead-poisoned children live, is estimated to have 95,000 lead service lines.
- A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed dangerous levels of Chromium-6 in the tap water consumed by millions of Americans. This is the carcinogenic chemical featured in the blockbuster movie “Erin Brockovich.” EWG’s analysis of the test data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans – more than two-thirds of the population – contain more Chromium-6 levels than the California scientists deemed safe.
While the idea of having to monitor water quality for your office can be daunting, it doesn’t have to be. With RK Dixon’s Purity Plus Reverse Osmosis Water System, you can proactively manage your office drinking water quality and clean water to the highest standards.
Reverse Osmosis, commonly referred to as RO, is a process that strips away contaminates by pushing water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. This process removes microbiological, inorganic, organic and sediment matter from the water, leaving you with electrolyte-enhanced purified water that is completely safe to drink. The systems come with Activated Oxygen and UV technology that eliminate bacteria that commonly grow inside bottled and filtered water coolers.
“Having a system like this in place will give you the peace of mind to know your employees are drinking water that is free of contaminants,” said Sprague. “Plus, it’s a much cheaper, safer, and more efficient sustainable process than the traditional water jug systems.”