Later this month, my department (about 160 people) are being moved to a new office building.
One of the things we have been advised is that we are unable to drink the tap water as it comes from a tank on the roof and may be "unsafe". This is a surprise as this is a modern office in a major city centre and really should be plumbed into the public water supply.
Despite being "unsafe", we will have hot water machines serving this water, which will be filtered to make it "safe" for drinking. We will also have water coolers which are fed by bottles which seems ok, provided the supply will be sufficient to meet demand for an office of this size.
Having had a look at the HSE guidelines, I see the following quote:
Do I need to provide drinking water?
Yes. The law requires that you provide drinking water and ensure that:
■ ít is free from contamination and is preferably from the public water supply - bottled water dispensers are acceptable as a secondary supply;
My two questions are:
- Is filtering alone enough to make "unsafe" water "safe" when used in a hot water machine?
- Does the quote from HSE imply that bottled water dispensers are only acceptable as a secondary supply e.g. a backup plan to accompany working, public water supply taps?