The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration options for water quality improvement at restaurants in Massachusetts.
Depending on your water source, taste & odor issues as well as various types of staining of glass and dishware or in sinks, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures may be causing concerns in your restaurant. You may experience taste and odor issues that are commonly associated with chloramine (a chlorine, ammonia compound) or chlorine, which is used to disinfect the water and control bacterial growth in a number of public water supplies. Additionally, some equipment manufacturers specify water quality parameters in their users manual which could render warranties unenforceable if not adhered to. There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” publication provided by MWRA that reviews what you may encounter if you are on that supply system. See the link at FAQs MWRA Water. See the Water Filtration Systems section below for more information on water quality improvement.
TASTE & ODOR ISSUES/ PREMATURE EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWNS ?
While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of bathroom fixtures & laundry, premature equipment breakdowns etc. are indicators of problems, the preferred starting point is to get a water test to identify the minerals or contaminants in the water and at what quantity they exist. This will lead to an effective system recommendation and route to providing excellent on-gong water quality for drinking, washing, etc. There are various approaches to providing your restaurant with better quality ice, good tasting water, improved beverage taste and improved water quality to feed your dishwashers to avoid streaking on glasses and dinnerware.
WATER FILTRATION & WATER SOFTENING SYSTEMS
Various types of water filtration systems are available for the removal of any of the potential causes of symptoms you may be experiencing. Water softeners are typically installed to remove hard water minerals, dissolved iron or manganese from the water through a technology called Ion Exchange. To remove particulate iron or manganese, a properly sized sediment filter is required. Bad tastes & odors can be removed with a sediment/carbon filtration system. Additionally, to create very pure drinking water, a reverse osmosis system can be installed, which utilizes the same technology used to produce both Aquafina, Dasani and some other bottled waters. There are various sized reverse osmosis systems to match the volume demands required.
REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER PURIFICATION
Any water filtration system or water softener recommendation in Massachusetts should start with a water test before an informed decision can be made. To determine what type of water testing to have performed and how to take a proper sample, call a water treatment professional or a state certified laboratory.
In summary, controlling your water quality is attainable through proper water testing and equipment specification with today’s available water filtration technologies at a reasonable price. Proper on-going maintenance is also critical to maintain a consistent level of great water quality.
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