WATER FILTRATION – CAMBRIDGE RESTAURANTS

WATER FILTRATION & SOFTENERS FOR RESTAURANTS IN CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration options for restaurants in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(H2O Care was formerly a division of: Atlas Watersystems, Inc.) 


HOW HARD IS THE CAMBRIDGE WATER SUPPLY?

Water hardness refers to the mineral content of water, commonly calcium and magnesium.  Cambridge water is “slightly to moderately hard” and varies slightly throughout the city.  Hardness also may vary somewhat by seasons of the year.  When using dishwashers, you may notice a slight increase in “spotting or streaking” on glassware, flatware or white residue in kitchenware. This residue consists mainly of calcium carbonate, the same ingredient found in anti-acid products and not a known health risk, but an annoying aesthetic problem that makes for a bad presentation to customers. On-going hard water can also eventually have a negative impact on your water using appliances with potential premature breakdowns, etc.  A properly specified, installed and maintained water softener can immediately solve the issue of hard water in your Cambridge supplied water.

According to the Cambridge Water Department, the hardness of the city’s tap water is typically around 40 to 60 parts per million or 3 to 4 grains per gallon.  See the chart below for comparison.

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TASTE & ODOR ISSUES/ PREMATURE EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWNS ?

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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.

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BEFORE & AFTER OF SEDIMENT/ CARBON FILTERS IN RESTAURANT

WATER FILTRATION & WATER SOFTENER SYSTEMS

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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, which may be the result of the chloramine added into the MWRA water supply for disinfecting purposes, can be removed with a 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.

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REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER PURIFICATION

Any water filtration system or water softener recommendation in Cambridge 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.  Water softening is typically not required in Boston, however, sediment & carbon filtration is often recommended for overall water quality improvement.

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.

H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing firm, formed in 1989 with offices in Middleton and Hudson, Mass.  Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazine or linked through the publications section on our website at http://h2ocare.wpengine.com.  You can contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.

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WATER TEST – MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

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          WATER TEST & ANALYSIS

ON-SITE WATER TEST IN MARLBOROUGH

A water test for certain items can be performed on-site with industry standard test kits and get reliable readings right at your home. Based on the results, a determination can be made whether or not a water filtration or water softening system is necessary or desired to remove the unwanted minerals or contaminants. If so, options can be reviewed for selecting the preferred approach. The on-site water test can be performed for the following:

Hardness > Iron > pH > Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) > Chlorine

For a more complete water test and analysis, we recommend pulling proper water samples for testing at a certified laboratory.  In all cases, it is paramount that water testing be performed in order to determine whether or not a water filtration system or water softening system is necessary, and if so, what type and size.

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WATER TESTING

WATER TEST THAT REQUIRES A LABORATORY

For health related contaminants such as Arsenic, Radon, Lead, Bacteria, Nitrates or for more comprehensive testing, we can assist you by properly pulling water samples of the right amounts, including complying with required maximum holding periods, temperature, and other protocol.   From there, we can bring the samples to a certified lab for testing, which requires specialized analytical equipment and procedures.

We have Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 testing levels (see link just below) or we can customize testing to your needs depending on your specific situation and reason for having your water tested. We can assist you in determining which water test to have done.  The contaminants tested for under each of the three Groups are identified in detail at the following link Water-Testing-Sheet.  Testing water from a private well will require more extensive testing than water coming from a municipal supply which has already undergone a certain level of testing. If you are selling your home with a private well, your town’s Board of Health, the buyer’s home inspector or bank may dictate what must be tested for. We will assist you in determining which Group testing is right for you. Once the lab results become available, we can analyze the report, review it with you and determine if any action is required. If a water filtration or water softening system is required, we can review your options and determine the most effective approach for you.

For more information on when and how often you should pull a water test and related information, see the link at Water Testing link.

PULLING YOUR OWN SAMPLES AND TRANSPORTING TO A LAB FOR WATER TESTING

If you’d prefer to take water samples and bring them to the lab yourself, we can direct you to the nearest one for instructions, etc. Once you get the results, we can analyze and review them with you.

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H2O Care is an established, Massachusetts full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989, with offices in Hudson and Middleton, MA.  See our written and published articles in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and clicking on the publications tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or by calling us at 800-539-1100.

WATER FILTER OPTIONS FOR MARLBOROUGH, MA

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  WATER FILTER FOR MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

There are many types and sizes of filters available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Marlborough town water or private wells. There are cartridge style water filters and whole house water filters which will be reviewed in the balance of this write-up.  Matching the right technology and sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home are critical to selecting the best approach for your situation.  Additionally, a professionally plumbed system is paramount as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new water filtration equipment.

CARTRIDGE STYLE WATER FILTER

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  CARTRIDGE WATER FILTER CHOICES

There are various types and sizes of water filter cartridges with differentiating features relating to what you are trying to mechanically remove from the water.  These filters do not work on removing dissolved impurities from the water as other technologies must be used for this purpose.

SEDIMENT WATER FILTER CARTRIDGE , as their name implies, are for removing sediment (particulate matter) from the water supply. The key characteristics relate to the micron rating of the filter designed to remove particles at or greater than a specified size and also capacity in terms of how long the sediment filter will work before it is no longer able to remove sediment. Specifying a micron rating that is too small for installation at the water’s point of entry into your home, for example, may cause an unacceptable drop in water pressure.  Specifying a micron rating that is not small enough may produce less than optimal results in keeping sediment out of your water supply.  Sometimes trial and error becomes the route to determining what works best in your situation. Experienced water treatment professionals have the benefit of many years of trial and error and will usually know what will work best in different situations.

SEDIMENT FILTERS ARE IMPORTANT because sediment can be abrasive to all of your water using appliances and can also negatively affect other types of water filtration or water softening equipment that you may have installed or are planning to install in your home or other facility. Removing sediment is also a good step in providing better drinking water, although not the only step if a higher level of purity is desired.  (For more on high quality drinking water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/reverse-osmosis-ro-water-purification/.

CARBON WATER FILTER CARTRIDGE   use activated carbon to remove chemicals (such as chlorine, volatile organics and others) and some bad tastes and odors from water.  Carbon filters are also components of reverse osmosis purification systems to remove chlorine from water prior to flowing to the systems’ membrane which can be negatively affected by the chlorine. Water passes through activated carbon, which is porous, trapping certain particles that are attracted to the porous material in a process known as adsorption.  At some point, adsorption capacity is exceeded and the filter must be changed in order to be effective.  As with sediment water filters, the micron rating and size of the filter must be matched to the specific situation.

There are also other types of water filter cartridges for very specific purposes such as pH neutralizing, pipe protection and others.  These may be introduced to you by your water treatment professional if your particular situation warrants them.

POINT OF ENTRY, WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTERS

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENING SYSTEMS

A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water.  For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), an “up-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener.  Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.

POINT OF ENTRY, WHOLE HOUSE CARBON OR SEDIMENT FILTERS

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BACKWASHABLE CARBON OR SEDIMENT FILTER SYSTEM

In situations where there is high water usage and the use of cartridge filters doesn’t make sense, a point of entry system may be the solution.  These systems do not require the frequency of change-outs that cartridge filters do and have the ability to automatically clean themselves, extending the life of the media inside the tank.  Another example would be if your town supplied water is high in chlorine and you wish to eliminate it from your water supply, a point of entry carbon water filter will have enough capacity to last much longer and also remove more of the chlorine due to longer “contact time” that the water has with the filter.

BAD TASTES & ODORS, SEDIMENT

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In addition to the above systems, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water.  Starting with a water test will dictate the right approach.  For more information on common bad odors & tastes in New England water supplies, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

 

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTER FOR TWO COMMON REGIONAL HEALTH THREATS IN PRIVATE WELLS

Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.  Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

 

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989 (offices in Middleton & Hudson , MA).  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.
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     WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION – MARLBOROUGH, MA

Whole house water filtration systems for Marlborough

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM OPTIONS IN MARLBOROUGH, MA

There are different types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Marlborough well water. Not only is matching the right technology important,  sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home is also key.  Lastly, a professionally plumbed system is also critical as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment.

While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, 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 your home with excellent water quality.  While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENING SYSTEMS

A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water.  For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), an “up-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener.  Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.

BAD TASTES & ODORS, SEDIMENT

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In addition to the above systems, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water.  Starting with a water test will dictate the right approach.  For more information on common bad odors & tastes in New England water supplies, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR POTENTIAL HEALTH THREATS

Other contaminants found in New England well water may include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air. Having your water tested for these contaminants is essential if you have a private well.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.  Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

 

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H2O Care is an established Massachusetts based, full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.
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WATER FILTRATION FOR MARLBOROUGH, MASS.

ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER- SWAMPSCOTT, MASS

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PICKING THE RIGHT WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM TO ELIMINATE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN WATER

WHY DOES MY WATER HAVE A ROTTEN EGG SMELL?

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The most prevalent cause of rotten egg smell in water in Swampscott and this region is hydrogen sulfide.  Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless gas that can exist naturally in groundwater. Sulfur-reducing bacteria present in groundwater use sulfur as an energy source to chemically change sulfates to hydrogen sulfide. The bacteria use sulfur from decaying plants and other organic matter in oxygen-deficient environments. They can occur in deep or shallow wells, and reside in plumbing systems. Hydrogen sulfide can reveal itself in other ways too. Hot water heaters that have a magnesium rod used for corrosion control can chemically reduce sulfates to hydrogen sulfide. Hydrogen sulfide also can enter surface water through springs as well.   It is most common in shale and sandstone. The occurrence of hydrogen sulfide gas has been associated with groundwater with low pH and/or groundwater with high levels of iron and/or manganese (typical water quality issues in New England).  Hydrogen sulfide has a pungent smell at low concentrations and most people can detect concentrations above 0.03 ppm. There is no Maximum Contaminant Level established by the United States EPA.

DOES HYDROGEN SULFIDE POSE A HEALTH RISK OR IS THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL JUST AN AESTHETIC ISSUE?

Usually it is not a health risk at concentrations present in household water.  However, hydrogen sulfide gas is flammable and poisonous at high concentrations.  Build-up of hydrogen sulfide concentrations in confined areas has been known to cause adverse health effects.

Bacteria in groundwater are responsible for most of the sulfide smells detected while sampling water wells. These are not often associated with high enough concentrations to be a health issue. In rare cases, sulfide presence may be due to sewage pollution. If you experience a hydrogen sulfide odor suddenly, consult with a water filtration system professional.

OTHER AFFECTS – Hydrogen sulfide is corrosive and can leach metals from plumbing systems into the water. The result of this corrosion of metals by hydrogen sulfide can be  a black precipitate that can stain laundry and bathroom fixtures, darken silverware, and discolor copper and brass utensils.

HOW DO I GET RID OF THE ROTTEN EGG SMELL IN MY WATER?

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While there are a number of technologies available to remove the rotten egg smell in your water, it cannot be viewed in a vacuum.  The pH level, iron & manganese levels, as well as other contaminants present in the water must be evaluated for an effective, comprehensive solution to this issue.  Some of the technologies and systems that may be used include:

  • Ozone treatment creates a chemical reaction that precipitates sulfur. Ozone is effective for concentrations up to 10 ppm.
  • Oxidizing filters will work for concentrations up to 6 ppm. The filter contains sand with a manganese dioxide coating that changes hydrogen sulfide gas to tiny particles of sulfur that are trapped inside the filter.
  • Activated carbon filters can be effective when hydrogen sulfide is present in low levels (up to about 0.3 ppm). The hydrogen sulfide is absorbed onto the surface of the carbon particles. Filters require periodic replacement and can harbor sulfate-reducing bacteria
  • Shock chlorination of your well may reduce the hydrogen sulfide-producing bacteria. It’s most effective in water with a pH between 5 and 7 and ineffective in alkaline (higher pH) water.  An activated carbon filter may be necessary to remove residual chlorine or small amounts of remaining hydrogen sulfide.
  • Oxidation removes hydrogen sulfide concentrations exceeding 6 ppm. It can be done by aeration, chlorination, and potassium permanganate.
  • Water heater modification is necessary when hydrogen sulfide is causing an odor within the water heating system. Replacing the magnesium corrosion control rod with one made of aluminum or other metals usually improves the situation, however, you should check the manufacturer’s warranty on the water heater to make sure you aren’t voiding the warranty.

 

OTHER BAD ODORS & TASTE IN WATER

In addition to the above systems described, there are many other types of systems to remove bad tastes & odors, sediment and many other objectionable minerals and contaminants in the water.  Starting with a water test will dictate the right approach. For more on the removal of bad odors and tastes, see the link at: http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

OTHER WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

There are different types and sizes of whole house water filtration systems available to address the various types of potential water quality issues experienced in Chelmsford. Selecting the ones that address the water quality issues that have been identified and that you are concerned with is the task at hand.  Not only is matching the right technology important, but also sizing the system to meet the water usage demands of your home is very important.  Last, but not least, a professionally plumbed system is also critical as well as maintenance of the system throughout the years to optimize the useful life and proper functioning of your new equipment.

While symptoms of water quality issues such as bad odors & taste, staining of laundry, bathroom fixtures, 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 your home with excellent water quality.  While certain minerals & contaminants can be tested on-site, health threat items like radon in water, arsenic in water, nitrates and others should be properly sampled and brought to a certified laboratory for testing that requires specialized equipment.

WATER SOFTENERS

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER SOFTENER

A water softener is a type of whole house water filtration system that is designed for removing hard water minerals (magnesium & calcium) as well as dissolved iron and manganese from the water.  For water with high levels of iron or manganese (“the stainers”), a “down-flow” water softener is recommended to prevent mineral build-up in the bottom of the water softener.  Also, high efficiency water softeners that are more efficient with both water and salt usage are preferred.

WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR OTHER CONTAMINANTS

Other contaminants found in New England well water include Radon and Arsenic.  A water softener will not remove these health threat contaminants. Radon in water is safely removed with an aeration system that agitates the incoming well water, releasing the gas from the water in a sealed chamber. This gas is then safely vented to the outside ambient air.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR RADON

Arsenic in water can be removed at the point of entry into the home by installing tanks filled with arsenic specific resin that captures the arsenic before it can get into the home’s water supply.  Point of use systems for drinking water can use reverse osmosis technology to effectively remove arsenic as well. Speak to a water treatment professional to decide which system is right for you.

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WHOLE HOUSE WATER FILTRATION FOR ARSENIC

 

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H2O Care is an established full service, Massachusetts based water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website http://www.h2ocare.com, and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us at [email protected] or call us at 800-539-1100.

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