“Is a lack of access to fresh drinking water a problem in FM?”

Monitoring the wellbeing of staff and the occupants of a building is becoming increasingly important for Facilities Managers; just as important as the building itself. Many businesses are starting to take notice and are implementing wellbeing at work targets more and more as a direct result with many individuals in the workplace naming sustainability and wellbeing as high-importance factors in their current roles.

One of the key requirements for a workplace that has both health and wellbeing at its forefront is access to fresh drinking water. The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) recommends that men drink approximately 2.5 litres of water and 2 litres for women which on the back of a recent report that suggests cognitive performance can drop significantly if the water levels in your body also drops by 2% or more, further highlights the importance of drinking water. Additionally, dehydration is known to cause tiredness, headaches, confusion and in some instances a general feeling of weakness.

Unfortunately, not all businesses have made the necessary changes to address this need with many still yet to make the changes necessary for access to fresh drinking water. This has resulted in a rise in the usage of plastic water bottles which has subsequently contributed to plastic pollution. It is therefore more important than ever for businesses to take these issues more seriously and to start implementing better access to fresh water to promote increased wellbeing in the workplace.

More information can be found here: https://www.fmj.co.uk/the-fm-drinking-water-dilemma/