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Is Algae Bad For You?

Posted 2009.10.08 15.45 in Pointless Blather, Work

I just noticed in the water cooler at the office, some splotches of green fuzzies appear to be growing inside the water cooler jug. It’s the kind where you get the 5-gallon jugs, and when it’s empty you take the old jug back for a refund and get a new one.

I don’t know that it’s algae but I assume it is – you wouldn’t get mould growing under water, would you? Algae is the only kind of green fuzzy I can think of that would exist in water. Makes me wonder how it got there and how it survives, though. I mean, I suppose it’s like a plant right? Photosynthesizing its food, from the florescent lights in the office? There’s no natural light (I mean, at all) and on weekends it’s in the dark the whole time.

The water itself tastes all right, there’s no musty or vegetal odor or flavour that I can detect.

It’s just not the sort of thing you expect to find in a water cooler.

I think.

I guess maybe we’d need a new cooler thingy though – if the water is ‘contaminated’ where we can see it, then goodness knows what might be growing in the places we can’t see – in between the jug and the spigot. I think we’ve had this one for about 5 or 7 years. The cooler I mean, not the jug. The jug is probably a couple months old – we don’t drink much (enough) water at work.

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I like my water to be room-temperature, like mid 60’s to 70’s. At home, my water cooler has three valves – hot, cold, and room temp. I like that. We should get one like that here – I’d drink more water at work if it had a room temperature setting.

Actually the best thing I’ve seen was just a pump that you stuck inside the jug – the jug sat upright on the counter and you put the pump in it, then like an old well, you pumped out water when you wanted it. It only had the one setting – room temperature. If you wanted coffee, you’d pump the water into a kettle and do it the old fashioned way. Or we could get a coffee maker… a coffee maker and a water cooler jug pump. That would be sweet.

I don’t know where to get the pumps though.