How do community groups, institutions, businesses and households navigate a purchase for a drinking water fountain?
Not every model will be the same and each supplier will have their own guarantees and assurances.
Before rushing through and accepting a second best brand, it is beneficial to take note of 5 tips that will allow the client to buy a drinking water fountain with confidence.
1) Selecting the Right Fountain Model
The best place that homes and businesses can begin with a drinking water fountain is to take note of the different models and varieties that are on show. Naturally, there will be discrepancies between the indoor and outdoor units. Yet it will be the difference between free-standing and wall-mounted brands that offer a key discussion point, placing the emphasis on the area that they will be placed, the profile of the consumer (young vs. old, large vs small, able vs disabled), the cost and the overall suitability.
2) Checking Plumbing Infrastructure
There will be some drinking water fountain units that are able to operate autonomously without a connection to a domestic or commercial framework, but the most common utilities will need to have the right infrastructure put into place. The good news is that plumbers and specialist contractors will be able to run these checks during the quoting process and outline where an ideal placement would be suited. Yet they have to assess where these connection points are to ensure that the water can filter in and out without encountering any logistical complications.
3) Location, Location, Location
Community members who want to make a smart investment with these fountain installations need to have confidence that they are placing these units in the right locations. Being able to hydrate and refill drinking bottles and canisters becomes a far easier exercise when participants are able to clearly see where these utilities are and where they can access them. Schools, businesses and institutions will have walkways, hallways and domains where a lot of foot traffic is situated while private residents have more autonomy about where they position these goods, whether that is for indoor or outdoor use.
4) Requesting Quotes for Budgeting
The cost to purchase and install a drinking water fountain will depend entirely on the brand and the process of the contractor. The best approach that customers can make in this instance is to reach out, make contact and request an official quote for the job. They will have a complete display of their models, their price discrepancy and what the time and labour will add to the overall package. This gives members an opportunity to compare and contrast on merit.
5) Testing Out Different Models
There is no substitute for actually seeing how a drinking water fountain looks, how it performs and assessing if it will be suitable in real time. Not every home or business has the luxury of approaching a store in this context depending on where they are situated, but it is worthwhile for clients seeing them up close, examining if they have the capability to protect the user, the minimise any spillage and if they are able to hydrate groups at regular intervals.
If the client walks through these steps with a drinking water fountain project and communicates effectively with local providers, then they will be able to take advantage of an investment that pays off in the long-term. They are the kind of feature that can be underappreciated, but when there is a desire for regular hydration access, this is time, money and energy that will be worthwhile.