Watercoolers – Hygiene and Safety
EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV),show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.
According to WHO (World Health Organisation) and UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund): “Currently, there is no evidence on the survival of Covid-19 virus in drinking water.
As the leading European Association in the hydration sector via watercoolers, WE has a responsibility to advise Association Members and their customers of the safe use of watercoolers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
RESTART of WATERCOOLERS after temporary shutdown of premises
Customers should be assured that leaving coolers unused for a period is likely only to create quality and not safety issues.
Shutdown less than three weeks: Just before re-use:
- Bottled watercoolers: Remove the bottle, drain the cooler through the taps, fit a new bottle and flush 2L water through both taps. Sanitise taps and dispensing area with food-safe sanitiser spray wipes
- Mains-fed watercoolers: Flush approximately 5L water through both taps. Sanitise taps and dispensing area with food-safe sanitiser spray wipes
- Hot water dispensers: Switch the dispenser back on and allow it to reach temperature. Once up to temperature, drain the tank and allow to re-fill
Shutdown more than three weeks: Just before re-use: