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Halacha - water cooler
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I'm not familiar specifically with the Poland Spring cooler, but I will explain the general issues with water coolers. Most water coolers have a holding tank that maintains a specific quantity of cold water for instant use. When you fill your cup with cold water, new room temperture water enters the unit to take the place of the cold water you removed. When the temperature of the water in the holding tank rises above a designated degree the compressor comes on to cool the water to the desired coldness. Since this is only an indirect and delayed consequence of the action of filling your cup it is generally accepted as being permitted. If practical, it is ideal to open the tap in an unusual manner such as with your elbow.
posted:2008-05-04 19:07:28

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