How does the water fountain work? are they really clean?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    Not that i have problem because drinking from water fountain in the gym. But I doubt they ever change the filter system and who knows' what's growing in that current filter now.
    So does anyone ever see the inside of the fountain? Is it such a design that require no maintenance? I hate the idea of carrying a bottle water around when workout, but looking for some good reasons to do so.
  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Nov 23, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    Well I think you can't categorize all water fountains together. I would say some should be avoided, depending on how often they are cleaned. If your gym isn't a very clean place... I wouldn't frequent the water fountain.

    I would say it could be suspect since everyone touches the buttons to begin with. I've heard statistics that don't make a thirsty person very confident.

    If you know your gym not to be that clean of a place, avoid it and take bottled water. I know at my Y, I don't worry about it too much
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 8:06 PM GMT
    The water that goes down the drain is added to just enough fresh water to fill the cooling chamber, where it is then released back through the spout for the next drinker. It is very efficient.

    ;-)
  • kasch33

    Posts: 52

    Nov 23, 2007 8:54 PM GMT
    There was just an article in Health magazine regarding some of the places where it is easy to pick up germs...unfortunately water fountains made the list, especially those that are used by kids. Also on the list were yoga mats, gym equipment, your own bathtub, washing machines, etc. icon_eek.gif
    Moral of the story: bring your own bottle of water.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 9:03 PM GMT
    I wish I could find the article, but I remember reading where a student once did a study on drinking fountains. At her school, she swabbed the spout on a water fountain and took another swab from the inside of a toilet bowl. The toilet had fewer germs. The reasoning behind it is that the toilet was cleaned daily with a disinfectant. The water fountain was rarely, if ever, cleaned.

    Now, I don't recommend you drink from the toilet, but you may want to bring your own bottle of water.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 9:13 PM GMT
    Stop being such a pansy. You've been drinking out of water fountains your whole life, right? And you've never keeled over dead, right? And, you're Asian and you people take your shoes off before you enter the house (that is very tidy, I wish African Americans would adopt that custom). Anyway, get over your germaphobia please. Its unbecoming. If you are a man and you workout regularly, your immune system is going to be top-notch anyway. Besides, if water fountains were not safe, I doubt they'd have them in hospitals, schools, universities, and the friggen Whitehouse. LOL, after reading your other post it seems you are pretty afraid of getting dirty. Why don't you wear a rubber suit where ever you goicon_question.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    I bring my own water because I like the taste. Our municipal water is vile tasting and loaded with chlorine.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 9:47 PM GMT
    Actually, post workout there is a major depression in immune response. Depending on what you're catching, if it's fast enough you can get sick MORE easily.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 9:57 PM GMT
    Gosh guiltygear, what else i've posted that make me a clean freak? lol
    though modern inventions make life easier, not sure if we actually cause more harm? Like the AC that keep circulating dirty air, or carpet that trap millions of bugs. I believe a healthy balance of good and bad germs in our body. but I doubt anyone want to live like a cockroach or fly just to built up immunity.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 10:03 PM GMT
    oh, and a friend came to my area and stay with me for a while. And the first week, she started to have itchy rash all over her body. And i mean it's like chickenpox. first we thought the place must has fleas or some kinda bed bugs. so we fumigated the whole place but still show no good result. later I found out she was drinking directly from the tap water. I have her switch to filtered water, and she's all better after that. So I don't believe in tap water anymore either.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    Hate to tell you this but I've seen the inside of water fountains, and I've never seen one with any kind of filter. Their just hooked up to the supply water that runs through the whole building. The only part that gets cleaned is the outside of the unit if at all. Some will get pretty nasty too. Usually when they get replaced the cooling unit has gone bad. So much for cleanliness.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 10:10 PM GMT
    I doubt that filters get changed very often. If they have anything, it's usually just a charcoal filter. It might reduce bacteria counts or a few days, but then it becomes and excellent habitat for biofilm. Because it concentrates organic matter, it produces more bacteria than it removes.

    BTW, In Portland, the municipal water fountains don't even have knobs - they just run all the time with that cool water right from the mountain.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 10:31 PM GMT
    Only sissies drink water. Real men dehydrate.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 23, 2007 11:17 PM GMT
    I guess I haven't croaked yet.....I don't worry about such things. WBC's are great!
  • Kevin82

    Posts: 273

    Nov 24, 2007 1:34 AM GMT
    A little dirt don't hurt!!!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 24, 2007 3:54 AM GMT
    Well, it can.
  • Kevin82

    Posts: 273

    Nov 26, 2007 9:52 AM GMT
    Just a little
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 26, 2007 10:49 AM GMT
    A water fountain is just a fancy tap with a refrigeration coil. Watch the film.



    Agua De Culo? A la verga! JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA! How funny!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 26, 2007 5:45 PM GMT
    Wow,LOVESICKMOTHERFUCKER, do not let aliens see that video. They'd nuke us in a second.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 27, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    LoL, thanks LOVESICKMOTHERFUCKER
    But still, my friend for sure got rash from tap. maybe extra filtration is done with bottle?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 27, 2007 9:08 PM GMT
    I doubt it even matters, bacteria and contaminants are still found in bottled water, and pthalates from the plastic bottles. Distilled water will have the highest purity. Tap water is just fine by me. That rash could have been anything. Gyms are extremely dirty places, many things cause can urticaria or exanthema, like dermatophytes (fungi) from other peoples skin.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 27, 2007 9:49 PM GMT
    she just moved here, and it was only after switch to filtered water that she started to improve. She said nothing changed in her diet or anything else, she wasn't taking any med for it either, but just water. So maybe it's the dirty pipes?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Nov 27, 2007 10:16 PM GMT
    Most likely it's a coincidence that has nothing to do with the water. But in some cases, bacteria build up in pipes and in rare cases can cause rashes. They build up in filters even more than in pipes, so if you use a filter, change it often.