Is Your Health at Risk from Water Coolers?

June 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Water coolers

Consumer Focus Scotland said 23 out of 87 samples from water cooler dispensers in Edinburgh and the Lothian and Borders region showed bacterial contamination. Coolers in leisure centres, offices, care homes and schools were among those to fail the tests because of bacterial contamination with the potential to cause illness.

In 14 samples, scientists found coliforms, bacteria of soil and gut origin, which may indicate faecal contamination. Some of the bacteria types found suggested there had been cross contamination, with someone perhaps drinking directly from the tap or touching it with a saliva-tainted bottle.

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