Brief History of the Water Cooler
In 1906 Halsey Willard Taylor and Luther Haws invented the first drinking water fountain, with the primary motivation being to provide safer drinking water and avoid the risk of typhoid fever caused by contaminated water. (Luther Haws' father had died of typhoid fever precipitated by contaminated water.)
Early drinking fountains provided room temperature drinking water, but demand led to the development of fountains that could provide cooler water thereby killing the micro-organisms responsible for pollution and disease. But early water coolers did not have a discrete water treatment method for purifying the dispensed H2O.
As the years went by, water coolers further evolved into smaller, lighter, and more efficient units. They also varied in shape and size, depending on the needs of the consuming public.
With health and safety being the main drivers in recent years, modern water coolers were created with inbuilt purifying systems with some having a reverse osmosis system that removes chlorine and destroys microbials.
Today there are two main types of water cooler: bottled and bottleless. The bottleless cooler connects directly to the water supply and has a filtering process for purifying the water. One of the big advantages here is that you don't have to maintain the cumbersome and heavy bottles; plus, bottleless water is cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
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