On a hot day there is nothing more refreshing and cooling than having a quick sip of fresh, cool water on the go. Carrying bottles of drink can be heavy and for some of us an impractical exercise. The water fountain is there, glistening like a mirage but there is one problem. You can’t reach it. Since carrying a drinking straw in your pocket is not something that is done on a regular basis, a lot of the time you have to go thirsty. This is not right.
For wheelchair users and the visually impaired this could be seen as a form of discrimination. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, later reformed in to the Equality Act in 2010, forbids any situations where people with disabilities are discriminated against. Depriving someone of a drink of water can be seen as discrimination, inhumane or just plain cruel. With our bodies made up of so much water it is essential that everyone gets a fair chance to keep hydrated.
Local councils and business leaders have the responsibility to provide water fountains in their neighbourhoods and work places but a large percentage of the time they do not consider the disabled people in their community. Having the water fountains are a great start but they are no use if a proportion of the local people are unable to actually use them. Therefore those in charge are not serving their people adequately and need to do something about it.
This is where MIW Water Cooler Experts Ltd come in. MIW provide a catalogue of indoor and outdoor drinking fountains for the less able in wheelchairs and for the visually impaired. Working in conjunction with Halsey Taylor, the oldest manufacturer of water fountains in the world, MIW have brought some unique designs over from the USA as the only importers for the UK.
MIW Water Cooler Experts Ltd have the perfect solution to the everyday problem we have in Britain. From the same manufacturers as the DDA Water Cooler there is also a DDA fountain. The utmost difference between a standard water fountain and the DDA model is that it is fit for use by the disabled members of the public. The model features a unique shape so that the user is able to get a lot closer to the fountain in order to actually get a drink.
To install the DDA water fountains requires no special training or any different fixtures that will cost the councils more money. Operating in exactly the same fashion as regular water fountains these models are merely more dependable and useful that the standard appliance.
Having this incredible design where one size really does fit all it is hard to see why so many business leaders and councils have not acted already. It is their responsibility to abide by the Equality Act of 2010 and ensure that all members of the public have the basic human right to have a drink of water when they need it.