A field study carried out by Laboratorio Dr. Oliver Rodés of Barcelona, Spain and supported by the Spanish Association of Water Cooler Distributors and Bottlers (ADEAC) has concluded that there were no traces of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on the surfaces of all analysed water dispensers.
The study analysed 100 samples taken from water dispensers, including bottled water dispensers, mains-fed water dispensers and drinking fountains. The results of the study – ratified by Dr Antoni Borrell – scientific and innovation director of Laboratorio Dr. Oliver Rodés, conclude that all samples analysed indicate the absence of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
To carry out the study, common points of contact were analysed. In the case of bottled and mains-fed water dispensers, the samples were taken from buttons or faucets and the water outlet area.
With drinking fountains, the spouts from which users drink directly and the ends of the bottle fillers were analysed.
Spanish water dispenser and drinking fountain manufacturer Canaletas participated in the study. Commenting on the results of the study, Jordi Morera, director general of Canaletas said: “All surfaces examined are free of Covid-19, confirming again that drinking from a water cooler is a safe practice. Of course,” he added, “it is necessary to follow basic health regulations, such as cleaning water coolers more frequently than usual with disinfectant.”
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