Angie's LIST Guide to
Water Delivery Services

Water delivery services provide pure, high-quality water on a regular basis right to your front door. See the benefits of choosing a water delivery service and get tips on hiring a company.


Most water delivery companies carry traditional water coolers. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Octavia D.)
Most water delivery companies carry traditional water coolers. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Octavia D.)

About water delivery services

Water is an essential part of life. According to the Mayo Clinic, people need an average of nine to 13 cups a day to replenish fluid lost as a result of sweating, breathing, and using the restroom. Feeling tired and sluggish can be a sign of mild dehydration.

Although tap water is safe, there are a number of factors that can affect the taste and quality of the water coming from your faucet. For example, older homes may have rust or other contaminants in the plumbing systems that can cause water to have a funny taste. Removing old filters or using filters past their date can cause charcoal to seep into tap water.

Any of these factors can drive a person to seek other sources for clean, pure water. If you want to continue to drink clean tap water, you could hire a plumber to fix the pipes. Another option could be to drive to the store for bottles of water. The most convenient option is to order water from a company that provides water delivery services.

Water delivery options

There are a number of water delivery options available. Depending on the company, you can order a traditional water cooler, a bottle-free water cooler, or a filtration system for your home.

Most water delivery companies carry traditional water coolers. The options available through the companies providing these delivery services include hot/cold water coolers, cold water only coolers, and your choice of one-gallon, three-gallon or five-gallon refillable bottles delivered to your home for the cooler you choose.

If you prefer not to have a bottle delivered, many companies that provide delivery services also provide water coolers that do not require bottles. These bottle-free coolers can be as large as a traditional water cooler or small enough to fit on your kitchen counter. Bottle-free coolers also provide hot or cold water options.

Another option that water delivery companies carry is filtration systems. Filtration systems range from reverse osmosis systems to soft water systems. One perk to this option is that most companies providing the filtration system will conduct any required maintenance as part of the filtration services. This avoids outdated filters leaking charcoal into your drinking water.

Choosing a water delivery service

With the many companies and options available, choosing a delivery service can be difficult. There are five things to keep in mind when making a selection.

Compare the prices of all the companies that deliver water in your town to determine the best rate.

Check the company's reviews for great customer service and dependability. Checking reviews can also help you avoid costly mistakes.

Check the quality reports of the water systems they deliver, including their water purification process to make sure that it's high quality.

Consider the needs of your home, including how you will use the water delivered. For example, if you plan to use it for purposes other than drinking, such as cooking, it will affect how much water you order at a time on a regular delivery schedule.

Review the contract prior to signing, including the cancellation terms, to make sure it's correct. After all, there may be terms in the contract that are not acceptable to you. Unfavorable terms are much easier to avoid prior to signing than they are once the contract is in place.

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