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Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain. In 1896, his father died from typhoid fever. This illness is principally spread through contaminated drinking water. While Halsey was at work he began to realize that numerous workers were becoming sick with dysentery. Halsey believed that contaminated drinking water was the main reason for this illness spreading. He then developed a drinking fountain that would be sanitary and would not contribute to the spreading of various illnesses. He began to manufacture the drinking fountains in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. During the 1920s and 1930s, Halsey’s company (Halsey Taylor) manufactured more than eighty percent of the drinking fountains in the United States. His company continues to manufacture fountains today but the company is now located in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Drinking water fountains are often seen in schools, playgrounds, parks, and stores. They provide people free access to drinking water. But they can also contribute to the spread of diseases and illnesses. To keep drinking water fountains safe. Here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Inspect the drinking fountain before use.
  • Run the water for a few seconds before drinking.
  • Never sneeze or spit in the fountain.
  • Avoid using the drinking fountain if you’re ill.
  • Never let your pets use drinking fountains meant for people.
  • Avoid touching the spigot with a cup, bottle, or your mouth.

If you’re looking to install a drinking fountain, there are some things to keep in mind before installing. You should always install your fountain near an existing drinking water supply. Depending on if it’s a wall fountain or freestanding, make sure you have proper support and fittings. After installation, you should flush the lines with water before use.

Call Express Plumbing Heating & Air today for a free quote on installing a drinking fountain for your residence or business.

Brad Jordan

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