The Importance of Water Quality

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Every kitchen needs clean water to function, which is why it’s so important to invest in restaurant water filter systems. Whether you’re making ice for drinks, or steaming food in a combi oven, a kitchen water filtration system keeps equipment running longer and stronger. It also has a major impact on food taste and safety, because the purification process blocks contaminants from getting into the water. In this guide, we’ve explained the importance of water quality in the foodservice world.

What Does a Water Filter Prevent?

Often, tap water can contain a variety of contaminants, including rust particles, bacteria, lead, and pharmaceutical chemicals. It can add unpleasant odors and tastes to your drinks, or cause health problems for people with weak immune systems. A kitchen water filtration system blocks the vast majority of these contaminants, so that your patrons stay healthy and the kitchen equipment has less mineral buildup. If you want to avoid Giardia and lead poisoning, it’s best to have a professional test your water and recommend a filtration solution.   

Types of Water Filters

Restaurant water filter systems are designed to block specific contaminants, depending on your water source. Here are the most common types:

  • Carbon Filter: As water passes through the porous carbon filtration system, it removes chlorine, lead, some bacteria and parasites, and a variety of other contaminants. This is a great all-purpose filter system.
  • Reverse Osmosis: Taking a carbon filter to the next level, these systems use a membrane design that removes fluoride, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and more. Reverse osmosis systems waste up to 9 gallons of water for every gallon that’s filtered, and they can be quite expensive.
  • Ultraviolet: These filters use ultraviolet rays to treat water and destroy microorganisms. Typically, they are used with carbon filters to provide additional filtration.

Using a Water Filter in an Oven with Steaming Capabilities

It’s crucial to have a steady source of purified water when using an oven with steaming capabilities. Sediment can quickly build up inside the boiler, which can cause the oven to break down. Meanwhile, a filtration system prevents cysts, chlorine, calcium, and other minerals from getting onto your food. It will ensure that your guests have the safest and tastiest food possible, and your equipment lasts for many years. In fact, most ovens with steaming capabilities have a clause in the warranty that prevents the use of low-quality water, so read the fine print!

Alto-Shaam's Combitherm Installation Program ensures that your kitchen and water quality is suitable for your Combitherm oven, protecting your investment for years to come.

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