Common sense is at the heart of these guidelines. If all necessary precautions are taken, water dispensers pose minimal risk of Covid-19 contagion.
Hands-free conversion for push activation bottle fillers
For those still concerned about the use of push button activation public bottle fillers, there is also the potential of retro-fitting a for Elkay and Halsey Taylor models. Designed by MIW and manufactured in the UK, the push activation system (PAS) replaces the existing drainage plate with a compressible refill platform, allowing users to access water by simply placing their bottle beneath the tap and pressing downwards. Water is delivered without users needing to touch any part of the refill point. But because drainage is incorporated into the design, there is no other change to the functionality of the unit. And the existing push button remains active for anyone who wishes to use it.
How to safely clean drinking fountains
All water coolers and dispensers need to be cleaned regularly to maintain high levels of hygiene. For general cleaning, adhere to the following guidelines.
For stainless-steel, glass, chrome, plastic, powder-coated or polyvinyl surfaces:
Use an ordinary, mild antibacterial detergent and a soft cloth. Wipe the surface and towel dry.
Steel soap pads and harsh abrasive cleaners should not be used, as they will eventually harm the integrity of the units.
For composite surfaces: Use a soft sponge or cloth with water or non-abrasive foam cleaner. Wipe the surface and towel dry.
Mild abrasives such as liquid automotive cleaning compound or baking soda paste will remove simple scratches and stains. Harsh abrasive cleaners should not be used.
For electronic displays and sensors: Wipe with a soft and dry cloth; preferably microfiber. If necessary, lightly mist with deionized water and wipe dry.