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Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains are available in a range of robust wall hung and floor standing stainless steel models. The wall mounted drinking fountain models are popular in schools for use either internally or externally to provide a safe source of drinking water.

Floor standing models in both junior and adult height offer a more secure fixing for areas of higher use, or areas prone to vandalism. All school drinking fountains come as standard with a WRAS approved water bubbler (tap), or a WRAS approved swan neck bottle filling tap.

Browse our school drinking fountains below

 

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Drinking Fountain Wall Mounted With WRAS Approved Tap

Stainless steel wall mounted drinking fountain with WRAS approved bubbler valve tap, waste and wall bracket. Perfect for schools.

£128.00 was £149.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFWH-WRAS

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Combination Drinking Fountain (WRAS Approved Tap and Bottle Filler)

Wall hung combination drinking fountain and bottle filler. WRAS approved bubbler and swan neck bottle filler.

£189.00 exc VAT

Product Code WH-DFBF

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Wall Hung Water Station With Undershroud

Wall hung WRAS dual dispensing water bottle filler and drinking fountan with undershroud

£265.00 exc VAT

Product Code WH-DFBFS

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Drinking Fountain With Shroud And WRAS Approved Tap

Wall mounted drinking fountain with half height undershroud, WRAS approved bubbler tap, waste and wall bracket.

£184.00 was £234.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFWHS-WRAS

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White Coloured Drinking Fountain

Wall mounted white coated drinking fountain with tap, waste fitting and wall bracket. Popular choice for schools.

£325.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFWHC

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Foot Operated Drinking Fountain

Foot operated wall mounted drinking fountain with WRAS approved foot valve. Perfect for schools and public buildings.

£339.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFWH-FOP

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Foot Operated Bottle Filling Fountain

Stainless steel foot operated wall mounted bottle filling fountain

£349.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFWHCF-FOP

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Drinking Fountain With Bottle Filler

Floorstanding combined drinking fountain and bottle filling station - stainless steel.

£563.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFBF

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Foot Operated Bottle Filler and Drinking Fountain

Stainless steel foot operated combined drinking and bottle filling fountain

£700.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFBF-FA

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Foot Op Junior Height Bottle Filler & Drinking Fountain

Stainless steel junior height foot operated drinking and bottle filling fountain

£705.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFBF-FJ

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Floorstanding Drinking Fountain With WRAS Tap - Adult Height

Floor standing adult height drinking fountain with WRAS approved bubbler valve tap, waste and undershroud.

£379.00 was £409 exc VAT

Product Code DFFSA-WRAS

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Junior Height Drinking Fountain With WRAS Approved Tap

Floor standing junior height drinking fountain with WRAS approved bubbler tap, waste and undershroud. Ideal for junior schools.

£445.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFFSJ-WRAS

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Pedestal Drinking Fountain With WRAS Approved tap

Stainless Steel floor standing pedestal drinking fountain with WRAS approved bubbler valve tap mounted on round pedestal.

£359.00 was £449 exc VAT

Product Code DFPED-WRAS

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Foot Pedal Drinking Fountains

Stainless steel wall mounted drinking fountains with foot pedal operation

£189.00 exc VAT

Product Code DFWH-PEDAL

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WRAS Approved Bubbler Tap

Replacement WRAS approved bubbler tap for drinking fountains

£45.00 exc VAT

Product Code RUB-BUBBLER

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Mini Pressure Reducing Valve

WRAS Approved Mini Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV), with static and dynamic pressure control

£29.00 exc VAT

Product Code INT-MPRV

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Drinking Fountains for Schools

Children require proportionately more fluid intake than adults due to differing body compositions; a child’s total body mass is roughly 75% water, whereas adults range between 50 and 60%. Children also have higher metabolism rates. As such, eatright.org have issued the below guidelines for daily water intake, based on data from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies:

Gender

Age

Fluid Intake (from drinks only)

Boys and girls

4 to 8 years

5 cups per day

Girls

9 to 13 years

7 cups per day

Boys

9 to 13 years

8 cups per day

Female

14 to 18 years

8 cups per day

Male

14 to 18 years

11 cups per day

Research into water consumption for schoolchildren suggests that dehydration causes slower cognitive and motor skills, leading to shortened attention spans and making tasks like handwriting all the more cumbersome. It is therefore advised that teachers make more effort to encourage regular hydration throughout the school day.

Stainless steel drinking fountains offer a cheap, robust solution for schools to provide access to drinking water. Additionally, bottle filling stations are now offered to encourage the use of reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones, aiding hydration while on the move and reducing the amount of plastic sent for recycling or to landfill.

Planning your school drinking fountain

It is common for drinking fountains to be incorporated into toilet facilities, but BREEAM guidelines suggest that drinking water should also be provided away from such areas. As such, it is advisable to have several drinking fountains located throughout school premises, encouraging children to drink at regular intervals. Open-plan access adjacent to corridors is considered best practice, allowing for staff supervision, encouraging good behaviour and limiting the chances for vandalism.

Government guidelines state that schoolchildren must have access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times, but a Natural Hydration Council survey in 2013 suggested that 60% of parents throughout the UK were dissatisfied with water provision in schools, with 73% claiming there was no access via water fountains.

It would appear that it is common for traditional drinking water fountains to have fallen into disrepair, owing to anecdotal reports of limited access to water, but the positive impacts of hydration - on health in general, and on cognitive ability in particular - should not be ignored. Thus, installing appropriate numbers of drinking stations throughout the premises and within the grounds, should be a priority for all educational organisations.

Local authority schools can purchase on account - please email your purchase orders to sales@washwareessentials.co.uk (please include delivery charges and VAT on the order), or call us on 01275 390603 for more details.

Outdoor drinking water fountains will need to be isolated and drained down during freezing temperatures.