Water Dispenser Basics – How Do They Work?
A water dispenser is, as its name implies, a device that dispenses water.
It is used to provide easy access to drinking water. Water dispensers have become a necessary part of society.
Some water dispensers provide clean, filtered water from a replaceable bottle.
Other water dispensers provide water straight from a municipal water line.
Some dispensers perform functions like filtering water, heating water, or cooling water
The water dispenser can be useful in many situations. Some offices prefer to have a water dispenser because it provides clients and employees with convenient access to water, without having to take extended breaks or drive to the store.
Water dispensers are also commonly used in residential homes that do not have ideal drinking water from the tap, or for people who simply do not like the taste of the tap water.
Water dispensers are typically an environmentally friendly option, as personal bottled water leaves a lot of plastic waste.
Whether psychologically, or for real reasoning, people tend to enjoy water from a dispenser over water from a sink. Because many water dispensers provide the option to have water immediately cooled or heated, its convenience has become a necessity in many businesses and residential homes.
In addition, many water dispensers have the option to use filtered water, which many people enjoy more than hard water from a tap.
How Does a Water Dispenser Work?
Most water dispensers typically use the same simple concept: deliver water from a source through a tap or spigot, usually using a button or knob for users to dispense the water.
However simple the concept, how a dispenser works depends on the type of dispenser. There are different types of water dispensers:
Bottled Water Dispensers
Bottled water dispensers are commonly referred to as a water dispenser or a water cooler. Most water dispenser work by having a 5-gallon water bottle upside down on the top of the machine. This allows gravity and vacuum pressure to do the job of filling a glass when someone presses water spigot. When this happens, the air is allowed into the bottle so water can escape into your glass or bottle.
Bottled dispensers are similar to point-of-use water dispensers as they are often available with options to cool and heat the water prior to dispensing it.
Usually, a five-gallon water bottle is placed upside down in the water dispenser’s tank. This is an ideal option for those who do not wish to drink tap water, or for those who do not have the option to connect into the main water line.
Usually, the water in bottled water is of high quality, filtered water.
The bottled water dispenser works the same way as a point of use dispenser, as the user simply presses a button or turns a knob to release the water into the funnel.
Bottled water dispensers may require more maintenance than a point of use dispensers because bottle service is usually necessary to ensure enough water is available. The dispenser only delivers water from the water bottle source, so if there are no water bottles available there is no water available in the dispenser.
In most areas, water service is fairly inexpensive, however, and come with periodic inspection of the tank along with the delivery of fresh, filtered water.
Bottled dispensers are made to use pre-filtered bottled water, so they do not usually have or need a filter inside.
If the explanation wasn't enough, watch this short video from Creator Guy to understand the dynamics of how a water dispenser works. Plus you can try making your own for fun!