Water. A daily requirement. Indoor water
coolers and outdoor
drinking fountains are now part of modern life and we offer a variety of
attractive options to meet your needs.
Our commercial products are constructed of durable stainless steel and
concrete and designed to last many years.
In addition to the “standard”
options for water coolers and drinking fountains we offer other products for
your “water” needs. We offer
products that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act. We offer chilled indoor water coolers
for public buildings as well as shower
towers and foot washing stations for public beaches. And our most recent and innovation line
of products are the pet drinking fountains which have become a virtual
requirement for dog parks, walking trails and outdoor gathering areas.
The history of the drinking
fountain can be traced as far back as the ancient Greeks. They had the same need that we have
today – a need for a drink of water in public places. The methods and equipment have changed
over the centuries with the last 100 years contributing significantly to the
evolution of the modern drinking water fountain.
The modern water drinking
fountain was conceived and developed by Halsey Willard Taylor and Luther Haws in
the early 1900s. They were pioneers
in how water was dispensed in public buildings and public places. Mr. Taylor was very motivated to provide
clean and sanitary water to the public because his father had died from typhoid
fever most likely caused by contaminated water.
Initially water that was provided
by the first water drinking fountains was not cooled. But the public wanted a cool drink of
water during the warm months of the year. Some attempts were made to cool the
water with blocks of ice. However
this was not a reliable or particularly sanitary method of cooling. What
followed was the chilled water drinking fountain. These large refrigerated water coolers
were very heavy and used ammonia compressors to cool and chill the water.
Later, in the 1950s, the
development of the water drinking fountain progressed with changes in technology. The public now wanted a cool, refreshing
drink of water at all times and in particular they wanted this availability in
the public schools for their children.
What followed was the development and design of wall-mounted
water coolers for schools and other public places.
The water drinking fountain
continued its evolution of design and development into the 1960s. During this decade changes were made to
accommodate physically challenged people confined to wheelchairs. The result was a water cooler that was
more easily accessed by physically challenged people. Many of these designs were wall-mounted
units and units that were recessed into walls to allow unimpeded pedestrian
traffic in hallways.
Later in the 1980s government
regulations defined the specific needs of the handicapped. These new regulations spurred the
development of the “barrier-free” water cooler and it became the largest selling
model in the industry. At the same
time there was a push to eliminate all harmful components from the water and
particular attention was given to the elimination of lead. There were many changes in the materials
and solders used in the construction as well as changes to a less harmful
The 1980s were a period of
continued development of the design and appearance of drinking water fountains
and water coolers. They became more
attractive and more accessible.
They became more efficient and offered cleaner water of higher
The 1990s saw the passage of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) which set additional standards for drinking water
fountains and water coolers.
The resulting design changes improved access for both physically
challenged individuals as well as able bodied people. Thus a “new” model was introduced know
as the bi-level unit.
There continues to be a focus on
improving the quality of the water offered in public places. New standards have been implemented by
the Safe Drinking Water Act and various state legislative efforts. And two testing organizations,
Underwriter’s Underwriter's Laboratories, Inc. and NSF International, have been
accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to certify NSF
Standard 61, Section 9 compliance.
The water cooler and drinking
water fountain will continue to evolve to offer the public a refreshing drink of
cool, pure water. Designs will
change to offer greater accessibility. But for the moment, enjoy your drink of
Lockers carries a wide variety of drinking
lavatories and sinks,outdoor
bathroom partitions, commercial
signage, mailboxes and
with professional affiliates ready to help your with your business plan. We
delivery nationwide! If you cannot find what you are looking for, please call us
toll free at 1-877-483-9270 and we will be
pleased to help find it for you. Our home office is located in New Braunfels,
Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to
service all 50 states including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, Chicago
IL, Denver Co, El Paso TX, Dallas TX, San Antonio TX, Austin TX, Houston, Texas,
Boise ID, Atlanta, GA, Detroit MI, Raleigh-Durham NC, Washington DC, Albuquerque
NM, Huntsville AL, Fayetteville AR, Norfolk VA, Madison WI.