Billi Media

28th May 2024

What are the Best Water Filters for Work?

Clean and safe drinking water is an essential employers should provide at work under their duty of care. With worrying amounts of water pollution globally, and growing awareness about water quality in New Zealand, the choice of water filtration systems has becomes important seemingly overnight for many businesses. Filters are great for improving the taste and odour of all water and can give you peace of mind that there aren’t heavy metals or any other contaminants if you are in an area with questionable water, but knowing whether you’re getting the best water filter can be tricky. That’s why the experts at Billi NZ are here to answer your questions.

Merquip and Billi have been a leader in providing boiling, chilled, and sparkling filtered drinking water systems for over two decades. Read all about our advanced filtration and have common questions like “does filtering water remove fluoride?” or if you need a reverse osmosis water filter answered below.

Common Types of Water Filters

Activated Carbon Filters

Activated carbon filters are popular for enhancing water taste and odour by reducing chlorine and organic chemicals. Their ability to remove heavy metals varies:

  • Standard Carbon Filters: Made from granules held together by resin, these filters have limited effectiveness due to their reduced surface area.
  • Activated Carbon Filters: With minimal bonding agents and a graded density profile, these filters offer superior contaminant reduction. For example, Billi’s 0.2 Micron Fibron XC® Filter can reduce heavy metals like lead by up to 98.93%, ensuring safer drinking water.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filters

Reverse osmosis systems are very effective at removing a broad range of additives and contaminants including heavy metals and minerals from your water but are overkill for most use cases, with drawbacks including:

  • They waste a significant amount of water (3-4 litres per litre filtered).
  • They are far more costly to install and maintain.
  • They remove beneficial minerals, which can affect the taste and health benefits of the water.

Combination Systems

Billi’s systems use multi-stage filtration to provide high-quality water. For instance, the Luxgarde™ UVC purification device can be used alongside Billi’s carbon filters to eliminate up to 99.999% of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses.

With this system you can get the best filtration with all of the helpful stuff in water retained. For example, Billi’s filters allow things like fluoride which are beneficial for dental health to pass through, while Reverse Osmosis would stop this from reaching your cup.

Billi filters vs standard filters diagram

Recommended Water Filters for Workplaces

Small Offices

For smaller work environments, Billi’s underbench water systems such as the Billi Quadra Compact are ideal. They offer space-saving designs without compromising on performance, providing instant boiling, chilled, and sparkling water.

Large Facilities

In larger settings, systems like the Billi Quadra Plus or the Eco Sparkling are recommended. These units cater to higher demand and include features like heat exchange technology for energy efficiency and consistent chilled water temperature.

Case Study: 2Degrees Head Office

Choosing high-quality water filtration systems, for workplace wellness and sustainability, is a worthwhile investment for all businesses. Through the installation of Billi Quadra units in 2Degrees’ head office, Billi’s water filters became an integral part of 2Degrees achieving WELL Certification at Platinum level, enhancing their workplace environment through improved water quality.

Benefits of Choosing Billi NZ

Opting for Billi NZ for your workplace water needs brings several advantages:

  • Advanced Filtration Technology: Billi’s multi-stage filtration removes contaminants like heavy metals, chlorine, and organic chemicals. Our 0.2 Micron Fibron XC® Filter can reduce lead and other heavy metals by up to 98.93%.
  • Energy Efficiency: Billi’s systems are designed to reduce power consumption and operating costs. The Quadra range uses a heat exchange system to preheat water, enhancing efficiency.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Billi systems help reduce the reliance on bottled water and minimise waste, supporting your sustainability goals. Their compact designs save space and enhance the aesthetics of your workplace.
  • Customisable Options: Billi offers a range of options for boiling, chilled, sparkling, or ambient water, ensuring a perfect fit for your specific needs.

Choosing Billi NZ means investing in superior water quality, innovative technology, and sustainability. Learn more about how Billi can transform your workplace water experience by contacting us for personalised advice.