WATER FILTRATION SOLUTIONS FOR THE FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY
WaterWise water treatment and filtration solutions for the food service industry.
Water treatment for food service applications not only improves the quality and safety of the water but also extends the lifespan and performance of equipment used in food preparation and dishwashing. It is an integral part of ensuring that the food and beverages served to customers meet the highest standards of quality and safety.
WATERWISE FOOD SERVICE WATER TREATMENT SERVICES
No matter whether you are selecting a simple, point of use mechanical filtration unit for a couple of connected food service equipment pieces or whether you need an integrated point of entry system that connects and protect tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, WaterWise can help you improve your food service water treatment game and extend the life of your equipment while lowering the operating and repair costs.
FOOD SERVICE WATER TREATMENT APPLICATIONS
Water treatment for food service applications is critical to ensure the quality, safety, and taste of the water used in restaurants, catering, mass feeders (like university or hospital cafeterias), convenience stores, and other food-related establishments. Proper water treatment helps prevent contamination, scale buildup, and unwanted flavors or odors in the water.
Here are some key aspects of water treatment for food service applications:
Mechanical filtration should be one of the first steps in water treatment for food service. It removes sediments, particles, and impurities from the water, improving its clarity and taste. Different types of filters, such as sediment filters and carbon filters, may be used depending on the specific water quality issues. Typically, sediment filters are more porous and carbon filters remove smaller particles. Some multistage systems use both technologies on the same manifold.
Water hardness, caused by the presence of calcium and magnesium ions, can lead to scale buildup in equipment like ice machines, dishwashers, and coffee makers to name a few. Water softeners are used to remove these ions, preventing scale formation and improving equipment performance. When water softening is mentioned, most people think of salt-based water softeners, but many municipalities have banned the installation of new salt-based water softeners as they put compounds in the water table that are difficult and costly to remove. There are many alternatives to salt-based water softeners for removing scale-causing minerals from the water.
Ultrafiltration (UF) is a type of membrane filtration that operates on the principle of size exclusion and is typically employed to separate and concentrate solutes and suspended particles from a liquid (usually water). Ultrafiltration is typically in two forms; (1) sheet / film (spiral wound) or more commonly hollow fiber which in straw/capillary form (inside bore and outside diameter). Hollow fiber membranes can filter “inside-out” or “outside-in” depending on the capillary design as well as the application and system design.
A key feature of hollow fiber UF is its inherent ability to flush/backwash (self-clean) through an automatic system or manual valving. Because of this feature it can be utilized as an optimum pretreatment or pre-filter for any post treatment including carbon, resin, RO, and Nano as well as disinfecting treatment such as ozone and UV.
Nanofiltration (NF) is a membrane-based filtration process that falls between reverse osmosis (RO) and ultrafiltration (UF) in terms of pore size and filtration capabilities. NF membranes have pores that are smaller than those used in UF but larger than those used in RO. The typical pore size range for NF membranes is approximately 1 to 10 nanometers (nm).
Nanofiltration is valued for its ability to selectively separate molecules based on size and charge, making it a versatile and efficient technology for various separation and purification processes.
Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems are effective at removing a wide range of contaminants, including minerals, salts, heavy metals, and microorganisms. RO can be used to produce high-quality, purified water for beverage and ice machines, as well as for cooking and ware washing. RO membranes have traditionally been very inefficient with respect to water conservation or sustainability, many putting 3 or 4 gallons of waste water down the drain for every gallon of quality water produced. WaterWise RO systems are designed with at least a 1:1 membrane while still providing excellent membrane life and low costs of operation.
Ensuring that source water is free from harmful microorganisms is critical in food service applications. Ultraviolet (UV) sterilization and chemical disinfection methods like chlorination have be employed to kill bacteria, viruses, and parasites but increasingly food service industry is turning towards aqueous ozone as the standard in disinfecting efficacy and low operating costs with no untoward side effects or issues.
WATER TASTE AND ODOR CONTROL
Activated carbon filters are often used to eliminate unwanted tastes and odors in water, such as chlorine, chloramine, sulfur, or organic compounds, which can affect the quality of beverages and cooking. Activated carbon can be deployed as part of a pre-treatment effort or as point of use, isolated to a particular piece of food service equipment.
In some cases, it may be desirable to add minerals back into the water to achieve a specific taste profile for beverages like coffee and tea. WaterWise have multiple options to accommodate this need.
REGULAR WATER TESTING AND MAINTENANCE
Regular water quality testing is essential to ensure that the treatment systems are operating effectively and that the water meets regulatory standards. Additionally, the source water turns over several times annually and the water quality may vary drastically. Water testing should be a part of regular maintenance of your food service water treatment equipment and are crucial to ensure its efficiency and effectiveness. This includes replacing filters, cleaning components, and monitoring system performance.
WATER TREATMENT AND FILTRATION APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY
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