How to Avoid Contamination While Dispensing Drinking Water
When approaching this problem, there are many ways to tackle it, but probably the simplest is to make it easy for people to drink from a fountain without touching it. For example, protecting against contamination is particularly critical in laboratories. This ensures the validity of the research and testing performed. New York State’s public health laboratory, Wadsworth Health Laboratory in Albany, who according to their website is dedicated to research “in areas such as public health genomics, microbial pathogenesis and host immunity, bacterial drug resistance, vector-borne infectious diseases, biomonitoring for environmental toxins, cellular and molecular structure analysis, adaptive neurotechnologies, and nuclear and atmospheric chemistry” decided to proactively avoid a potential breach in communal areas.
There was growing concern about lab workers becoming contaminated while drinking water from a fountain when they were doing their research. The laboratory staff was used to decontamination procedures throughout the day, but they needed a way to get water without compromising their work, or requiring yet another decontamination.
The New York Office of General Services (OGS), who oversees the facility and has been working with Filtrine since the mid-1970s, asked Filtrine to design and manufacture a drinking fountain that could be operated without the risk of cross-contamination. Filtrine designed a foot-operated sensor activated version of their fully recessed stainless steel Model 103 fountain which included an optional chiller and Taste Master purifier. The modified version is called a FCC-103-EE-MOD. The workers could drink chilled, purified water by placing their foot over an infrared sensor on the floor and avoid placing their hands anywhere near the fixture. This ultimately lowered the number of required decontaminations while hydrating the staff, saving money and time, and increasing productivity for the entire lab. The design proved to be so successful, the OGS ended up ordering eight to be installed throughout their lab.
When you need to avoid contamination when dispensing water from your drinking water fountain or water filling station, fill out the contact form or contact your Filtrine Representative for more information.
(Empire State Plaza photo courtesy of Matt Wade Photography)
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