Bottleless Water Dispensers

Average: 5 (3 votes)



Consumer, Industrial

Cost Savings

For the price of one gallon of bottled water, local residents can get 1,000 gallons of tap water. 

Environmental & Health Information

Reduces climate change because it reduces oil used to make plastic bottles and fossil fuels to transport bottled water.

Info on this product category: Water: Dispensers & Small Bottles

Criteria for Water: Dispensers & Small Bottles

Criteria for Required products:

All city departments and agencies occupying either city or rental properties will have installed bottle-less water dispensers that utilize Hetch Hetchy supplied water per Executive Directive 07-05 Permanent Phase-Out of Bottled Water Purchases by San Francisco City and County Government.  Waivers will only be granted by the SFPUC based on legitimate engineering, health and fiscal concerns. 

Criteria for Prohibited products:

No one shall sell or distribute packaged drinking water in a sealed box, bag, can, glass bottle, rigid plastic bottle or other container of one liter or less.  City Funds shall not be used to buy packaged water for general use per the Bottled and Package Free Water Ordinance.

Last updated

Last updated: 
January 1, 2021

Guide for City Staff

Excerpt from San Francisco Environment Code:

   (a)   No City officer, department, or agency (collectively, "department") shall use City Funds to purchase Bottled Water for its own general use. A department may use City Funds to purchase Bottled Water for uses specifically exempted from or allowed under this Chapter.
   (b)   It shall be City policy not to have drinking water systems in City offices or facilities that use plastic water bottles of any size where satisfactory alternatives exist and are feasible at the location under consideration. It shall further be City policy to conform drinking water systems in City offices or facilities to this goal where reasonable by the end of 2016.

Citywide Contract

Special Purchasing Instructions

See discounted prices in the most recent Water Dispensing System Contract Award.

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Product Reviews

No more large plastic bottles laying around

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Great unit! SF water is better than that bottled stuff.

March 31, 2014

US Pure Water Filtration System

Average: 5 (1 vote)

The Public Defender's office has had the US Pure Water system for almost 3 years and it has virtually eliminated the use of plastic water bottles. Staff like the water quality from the filtration system, and US Pure Water provides timely reminders of when it is necessary to change the filters.

March 31, 2014

Various Bottle-less Water Dispensing System

Average: 5 (1 vote)

We have changed over to the Bottle-less Water Dispensing System for at least two years and it works wonderful. Filters are changed every 6 months and it doesn't break down easily.

March 31, 2014