When looking at the cost of a home and office delivery (HOD) services, you have to factor in several charges. The main costs include the delivery fee, water cooler rental fee, and the cost of bottled water.
The average monthly cost for a water delivery service per household is typically between $30 to $50, while the average cost to a company with 10-20 employees is around $125. The cost can vary depending on several factors including the amount of water being used, the location of your home or office, and the delivery service.
Keep reading for a further breakdown of costs associated with HOD services.
Water Cooler Cost
In many cases, part of your water delivery service package includes routine water cooler maintenance checks and repairs. Therefore, companies typically require that you purchase your water cooler directly through them.
There are several water cooler models with a range of prices and capabilities. Some have the ability to cool and/or heat your water while others keep it room temperature.
Water cooler rental fees are usually less than $10 per month. In some cases, water delivery companies will allow you to buy your water cooler rather than rent it, which may help you save on costs in the long run.
Bottled Water Cost
The typical price per 5 gallon water jug is about $7. Keep in mind, this cost can vary based on the type of water you’re using. Mineral, spring and artesian waters tend to be more expensive than standard purified/distilled water.
The average cost for a case of 24 12oz water bottles is around $6. In total these 24-pack cases amount to about 2.25 gallons. Therefore, in purchasing 5 gallon water jugs, there are some cases where you’re paying only $1 more for over twice the amount of water.
Water delivery fees vary depending on the company, the distance they will have to travel to deliver the water to you, and the number of bottles you’re having delivered. On average, monthly delivery costs are around $45 per 10 employees. For offices of 21 to 25 people, it is closer to $100 per month.
An efficient way to save on delivery fees is by setting up a schedule where the company delivers more bottles to you on a less frequent basis. Consider buying a water bottle storage rack to keep extra bottles organized in your home or office.
By stockpiling extra bottles, you’re not only saving on delivery fees, but also cutting down gas used by delivery drivers, which can make a positive environmental impact.
Finding the Right Service
Some of the most popular services include Culligan, Primo and Aclear, but there is ample information out there to help you find the right company for you.
Try checking out an online pricing tool to help you compare prices between HOD companies in your area.