Why Every Commercial Kitchen Needs a Water Filter
Water is essential to life. We use it for drinking, cleaning, and even bathing. As a restaurant owner or someone that works in the food industry, you are well versed in kitchen appliances that require water. Appliances such as ice makers, dishwashers, coffee machines, water coolers, and steamers are just a few. If these are items that your restaurant uses frequently, then a water filtration system is essential to the continued operation of your restaurant.
In this blog post, we will discuss the need and benefits of a water filtration system and a few things to consider when choosing the type of water filtration system that is best for your business.
Why you need a water filtration system
You might be asking yourself, “How would my restaurant benefit from a water filtration system?” Water is essential to the operation of any restaurant. Water filtration systems remove impurities such as chemicals, sediment, minerals, and organic matter. Ensuring that the water is free from contaminants should remain a top priority for the quality of your business.
Better quality of water and food
In any restaurant, the food and beverages served to the customers remain a top priority. The removal of chemicals and organic matter leaves your water functioning at the highest hygiene standards and provides better tasting food and odorless water. Unwanted sediment or hard water will affect the taste of the food and may result in unhappy customers. If appropriately filtered, you will notice coffee that tastes fresher, clear ice, and glasses that are free of water spots. You will also see smiles on the patron’s faces, repeat customers, and compliments on the menu items.
- Decreased repair costs
Properly filtered water helps to reduce complications within your appliances. Hard water or scale build-up can reduce the functioning of your appliances and even cause them to stop working. When this happens, you will likely need to pay for costly repairs. Not to mention, when a machine is out of order, it can directly affect the functioning and revenue of your business and could even be the cause for temporary closure. Like anything else, the more you take care of something, the longer it lasts. With a water filtration system, you’ll be able to expand the lifespan of your appliances and could cut the cost of repairs up to 50% or more.
Some things to consider
Now that you are aware of the benefits brought on by a water filtration system, there are only a few things left to consider.
- There are a multitude of water filtration types. Carbon block filters, reverse osmosis, and sediment filters are just a few. These types of filters can be used alone or combined to help improve the quality and function of your restaurant’s water supply. Carbon filters are commonly referred to as charcoal filters. The granular or powder carbon has pores that allow dust, mold, and airborne contaminants to stick to the filter. Carbon filters are often considered to be the easiest to maintain and the most economical. Reverse osmosis systems (RO) use applied pressure to filter out chlorine and residue through membranes. Many believe that the RO system is the most effective. Sediment filters use a process called mechanical filtration, allowing water to pass through a small net or screen while allowing the water to be free from dirt and debris.
- There are two types of water filtration systems to choose from. The choices are a central water filtration system (also known as point of entry systems) or separate water filters. Depending on your restaurant or kitchen size and the number of appliances that require water, you will have to decide what makes the most sense for your business. A central water filtration system is one system working to filter the water among multiple appliances. They are typically installed at the main water line. In general, a central filtration system requires less maintenance and takes up less space. However, it would be best if you also considered separate water filters. The separate filters can be installed under a counter or sink, in an ice line, ice maker, and even a refrigerator. If you have fewer appliances, it might make sense for you to have separate filtration systems installed for each one.
- Don’t forget that a water filtration system requires filters and all filters need to be replaced over time. In general, the costs of replacement filters are typically low. The majority of the time, the filter cartridges only need to be replaced 1-2 times per year. However, it is vital to keep in mind that you will need to change the filters more frequently if you live in an area with especially hard water.
The need for a water filtration system is continuously debated among restaurant owners. More and more restaurant owners are beginning to see the need and find water filtration systems to be necessary and critical to their business operation. Unfortunately, this decision often comes after a costly repair of a malfunctioning ice maker or dishwasher.
In the end, every restaurant owner and commercial kitchen wants to make their customers happy and make sure they return for another visit. Bottom line, a busy kitchen cannot operate with appliances that need repair. If you have a commercial kitchen with multiple appliances that use water, a water filtration system would be to your benefit. Adding a water filtration system would provide you with fewer maintenance bills and better-tasting food and water. It removes chemicals from the water and thus creates a higher hygiene standard. All you need to consider are the filter types that are best for your water, installing a central or separate filtration system, and setting yourself a reminder to change the filters 1-2 times per year.
We hope that this blog post about the use of water filtration systems has helped lead you to an informed decision sending you on your way to cleaner, clearer water.
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