The following discusses potential water quality issues or concerns as well as water filtration options for restaurants in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Boston water supply is supplied by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). The latest available Annual Water Quality Report can be viewed at the following link MWRA Annual Report. While the water quality is generally pretty good from MWRA, the long distance to the water’s eventual landing point and other issues may cause taste & odor issues as well as various types of staining in sinks, toilets, showers and other plumbing fixtures. You may experience taste and odor issues that are commonly associated with chloramine (a chlorine, ammonia compound), which is used to disinfect the water and control bacterial growth. 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. 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-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 & 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, 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.
Any water filtration system or water softener recommendation in Boston 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.
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