Safe Handling Matters
Do you know that it’s good practice to ensure that the opening of your 20-litre bottle is cleaned/sanitised before it is mounted on your water dispenser?
In Indonesia, where the bottled water market is almost twice that in India, most brands provide free wet-wipe sachets to enable cleaning and disinfecting of the bottles before they are placed on a water dispenser.
This practice is totally missing in India and is a cause for worry owing to dirty handling and storage conditions in the trade. Brands big and small can, and ought to, take minimal steps to incorporate clean handling at their end and also educate and facilitate the same at the consumers’ end.
As consumers, we need to make sure that the bottle opening is suitably sanitised. Supervise your household staff if they are responsible for switching out the water bottles in your dispenser. They may not understand the importance of thoroughly wiping the top of the bottle and may need some explanation and demonstration on how to correctly wipe and replace the bottle.