The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration options for restaurants in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
HOW HARD IS THE CAMBRIDGE WATER ?
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. Additionally, some equipment manufacturers specify water quality parameters in their users manual which could render warranties unenforceable if not adhered to. 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.
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-going 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 SOFTENER 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, which may be the result of the chloramine added into the 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. For more on hard water, see hard water usgs.
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.
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 Stow, Mass. Articles published by the Company can be seen in Water Technology Magazines at http://h2ocare.com. Contact us at [email protected] or 800-539-1100.