It is important to note that PET bottles (#1 plastic) — the ones used for packaging most bottled water — are meant for one time use, not for reuse, so they should not be considered as a viable long-term reusable bottle option.
While it is one of the safer plastics, PET is not meant for repeated use. Bottles made from this porous plastic are difficult to clean and can harbor bacteria, especially if reused multiple times. Additionally, studies suggest that with repeated use, PET containers may release di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), an endocrine-disrupting compound and probable human carcinogen, as well as antimony, an eye, skin and lung irritant at high doses (Masterson, 2006). Studies also found that toxin concentrations increase the longer the water is in the bottle (Masterson, 2006).
Fountains. Since water fountains already exist in many buildings, they are an easy alternative to bottled water. There are four basic types of drinking water fountains:
Box-shaped floor models that stand alone or are connected to a wall
Models with a pedestal base (also known as ‘bubblers’)
Wall-mounted units that do not touch the floor, allowing wheelchair access.
Models built into and flush with the wall
Key features to seek when purchasing drinking fountains include:Easy Installation: Choose fountains that provide quick access to the inside of the unit. This makes