May 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM EDT  |  Culture  |  Facilities Support Services  |  WELL Building Standard

WELLness on Tap (#37)

Sitting in a dry office all day can deplete anyone’s natural water reserves. 

Portrait of happy businesswoman pouring water in glass from bottle at officeAccording to the Mayo Clinic, mild dehydration is surprisingly common in adults and can cause headaches and fatigue. 

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that women consume approximately 2.7 liters (91 oz) and Men 3.7 liters (125 oz) of water per day. Plus, the HBR reports that dehydration can even contribute to deep vein thrombosis in the workplace.

So how do we get employees to drink more water?

WELL Standard #37 – Drinking water promotion focuses on just that. It includes three parts:

Part 1: Drinking Water Taste Properties – Outlines the maximum amount of minerals allowed in the water.

Part 2: Drinking Water Access – Requires that a drinking water source be within 100 feet of all regularly occupied floor space with a minimum of one per floor.

Part 3: Water Dispenser Maintenance – Outlines the regularity with which parts of the water dispenser must be cleaned.

Lukewarm water from a freshly cleaned water fountain by the bathrooms doesn’t always cut it for employees. Water coolers have long been the solutions, supplying staff with tasty cool water and a place to chat. 

But now, an even more efficient model has arrived. Some companies help their employees meet their hydration goals, while also meeting WELL standards, by installing water bottle filling stations like the one made by Elkay. With a simple hookup to a water line and the internet, these dispensers reduce the number of plastic water bottles used as well as provide a continuous source of cool or hot filtered water. No more waiting on water deliveries for your cooler! 

They also provide real-time statistics on how much water is being consumed and when filters need to be changed. In today’s water-conscious world, there are plenty of ways to maximize your employees’ health by promoting drinking water.



About the Author

Ray Carney

Ray Carney

Ray Carney, WELL AP is a Vice President at Markon Solutions and a champion for wellness in the workplace. Ray’s areas of expertise include workplace strategy and modification, design thinking, leadership, sustainable design, data centers, and creating secure environments. His experience includes providing cradle-to-grave project management support for the successful design and build of secure facilities. He also spearheaded the tenant fit-out of Markon's headquarters expansion to ensure that it achieved WELL certification. This was the first WELL certified project in the Commonwealth and was recognized by the City of Falls Church for its achievement. Since joining Markon in 2007, Ray has managed numerous internal program strategies, capture efforts, and client engagements. He also co-developed Markon's in-house Leadership Development Program. Prior to joining Markon, Ray consulted for prestigious consulting firms in the DC metropolitan area and Ohio. Ray's passion for wellness in the workplace has led him to speak at numerous engagements around the country including the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo. He also published an article on WELL Building Standards in FaciltiesNet. Ray was named one of Engineering News-Record Midatlantic's 2016 Top 20 Under 40 for contributions to the industry. He received his MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Business Technology from John Carroll University. Ray is a WELL Accredited Professional, LEED Green Associate, Six-Sigma certified Yellow Belt, certified SCRUMMaster, Sun Certified Java Programmer, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential as well as both ITIL v3 Foundations and Quality Management certifications.