To ensure the safe withdrawal of clean drinking water from publicly accessible drinking water wells, there are several requirements outlined in DVGW W 274 that must be adhered to. The BEULCO Drinking Water Well meets all of these specifications, providing maximum safety in the field of drinking water supply.
- on marketplaces
- on shopping streets
- at event locations
- at waiting points and rest areas
- on hiking, cycling, and walking trails.
- at sports facilities
- in parks, gardens and recreational facilities
100% compliant according to DVGW guideline W 274
accessible Braille script
high hygiene security
compliance with UBA (German Federal Environmental Agency) regulations
Drinking water dispenser for supply in public places
Risks of Non-Compliance with DVGW Guideline W 274
Safe water withdrawal
It is important that publicly accessible drinking water fountains comply with the DVGW Guideline W 274 to ensure safe and hygienic use. The following should be strictly avoided:
- Lack of labeling or unclear signage of drinking water fountains, which can lead to confusion or uncertainty among users.
- Neglected cleaning of surfaces, leading to dirt and bacterial growth.
- Use of materials not suitable for drinking water, which can contaminate the water.
- Lack of touch protection on the outlet valve, leading to increased bacterial growth.
- Lack of accessibility or signage in Braille, excluding people with disabilities or visual impairments.
- Non-insulated pipes, leading to bacterial growth at high temperatures.
Why are drinking water Dispensers needed in public Places ?
Not only are the consequences of increasing climate warming intended to be mitigated by the installation of networked outdoor drinking water dispensers, but the achievement of the 17 sustainability goals of the EU, to which Germany has committed itself by 2030, is also intended to progress more quickly.
We want to contribute to achieving these goals and have developed a sustainability strategy within our company. This strategy encompasses all areas - from development through production to sustainable customer relations. Therefore, we have also addressed the issue of "drinking water supply in public areas" and developed a drinking water fountain, taking into account all legal requirements and adhering to drinking water hygiene standards.
The dispenser is primarily designed for drawing water into containers (bottles, cups, etc.). It is also not irrelevant that a networked water supply can potentially reduce CO2 emissions, as it is expected that the production and transportation of water bottles will decrease with the increased use of drinking water fountains.
The promotion of the use of drinking water is supported across Europe by policymakers and businesses for environmental and climate protection reasons. The EU Commission calls on member states in the EU Drinking Water Directive to improve access to water for human consumption for all people and to promote the use of drinking water. Drinking water fountains contribute to adapting to future heat events in urban areas and conserve resources by reducing the consumption of bottled water.
Why public access to clean drinking water is important:
- Saves resources by reducing bottled water consumption
- Reduces CO2 emissions as no transportation is needed
- Fewer rescue operations due to dehydration
- Supports the sustainability goals of the EU
How do I start?
We are happy to provide you with personal and detailed advice on the key steps and guidelines of the EU Drinking Water Directive. As a rough overview, consider the following:
1. Once you have chosen our drinking water dispenser, contact your local water supplier regarding the installation of the drinking water fountain.
2. After consulting with your water supplier, you can begin the installation of the dispenser.
3. Before commissioning, you must submit an application to the relevant health authority. The health authority conducts regular sampling during operation.
What do I need to know?
- Drinking water dispensers are subject to the Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV) and are monitored by the health authorities.
- The purchased drinking water dispenser must meet the required safety and hygiene standards.
- Guidelines of the DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) Code of Practice W 274 must be observed.
- Regular self-monitoring is required.
- The drinking water fountain must be connected to the water supply network.
- Optional year-round or seasonal access to the drinking water dispenser.
- Application to the health authorities is required before commissioning.
Which Dispenser is suitable?
BEULCO, as a specialist in products and systems for drinking water supply, has responded to the requirements of the DVGW W 274 standard and adjusted the design recommendations of the standard.
- The BEULCO drinking water dispenser meets 100% of the requirements of the DVGW Code of Practice W 274.
- All materials in contact with drinking water are suitable according to UBA (German Federal Environment Agency) guidelines.
- Protection against external influences.
- Barrier-free use.
- Clear labeling, including Braille.
The German government has passed a draft law which stipulates that in future the public water supply, as a task of general interest, will also include the provision of tap water through drinking water fountains in public places.