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Tuesday Tip: How Clean Is Your Water?

How Clean is Your Water?

Water is used in practically every aspect of the kitchen, including food preparation, warewashing, beverage service, basic cleaning and even some cooking functions. Normal tap water contains a number of suspended and dissolved solids, such as chlorine, bacteria, sediment, chemicals and other harmful elements. These solids can cause water to look cloudy, smell badly or taste funny, and can also affect any menu item that is prepared, washed or cooked with water!

One way to help remove these solids from water is with the use of water filters. While there are other treatment options available, water filters are the least expensive and the easiest to implement and maintain. Most importantly, they are effective—water filters offer the last line of defense between the body and the more than 2,100 known toxins that may be present in tap water!

Avoid This!

Brewer Without Water FilterBrewer With Water Filter

Here you can see the difference a water filter can make. Photos, courtesy of Bunn-O-Matic® Corporation in Springfield, IL, show a laboratory coffee hot-water reservoir after 7,000 brews (3,500 gallons or 134,247 liters) without and with a water filter.

How Can Water Filters Benefit My Commercial Kitchen?

Extend the life of your restaurant equipment

The chemicals and other impurities found in tap water can build up and corrode the metal parts of your kitchen equipment, which can increase downtime and eventually even cause the machine to stop functioning completely. Less build up means that the interior moveable parts can function in the full range they were intended to when designed.

Increase the efficiency of your restaurant equipment

Just a few thousandths of an inch of scale formation can reduce the energy efficiency of your equipment by 25% or more! In addition, scale formation can lower production times and levels, as well as prevent the machine from performing correctly. Commercial Water filters help to decrease the amount of scale buildup and keep your unit running as efficiently as possible.

Improved taste, smell and clarity of water

Because water filters block out solids, the resulting water is more clear, has a better taste and doesn’t smell badly. Using filtered water in food and drink preparation can enhance the overall flavor and aroma of the menu item. With filtered water, your diners can consume your creations without worrying about poor water quality ruining the taste!

Reduce service and maintenance costs

Maintenance calls are costly! Prevent the damage that scale formation and other deposits cause to your machines by using a water filter. While maintenance costs can be a painful hit to your expenses, full replacement of the equipment is even worse! When scale formation builds up too much, even a professional cannot reverse the damages and full replacement is the only solution.

Which Types of Restaurant Equipment Can Benefit From Water Filters?

Ice Machines

Without a water filter, you risk any of the following:

  • Scale buildup on evaporator plates can significantly increase maintenance costs
  • Excess sediment particles can clog distribution tubes and solenoid valves
  • Excess chlorine residual can cause chlorine smell and corrosion in ice bins
  • Sediment and abrasive hard particles wears down and shortens the life of pumps, valves, o-rings and seals

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Coffee Makers

Without a water filter, you risk any of the following:

  • Scale buildup on sensors and heating coils can significantly increase maintenance costs
  • Excess sediment can clog spray head in brew basket
  • Excess chlorine and organic residual cause bitter-tasting beverages

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Steamers and Combi Ovens

Without a water filter, you risk any of the following:

  • Increased chlorine-induced corrosion
  • Limescale formation in high temperature steam application
  • Lower energy efficiency
  • Decreased life and performance of the steamer due to dirt and rust particle build-up

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