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Commercial Food Service Water Filtration

Quality water filtration is better for business.

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Water quality can vary widely from region to region and even street to street. High levels of dissolved minerals, the use of disinfectants and the presence of tiny solid particles may result in unpleasant taste. Untreated water may cause scaling on internal parts, corrosion on metal surfaces, and rot rubber components within your foodservice machinery. Controlling water quality can be vital to your store’s brand identity and customer loyalty.


Key applications: where water filtration matters

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3M™ Water Filtration Products are simple, effective and easy-to-install solutions for commercial foodservice applications. These systems are designed to meet the volume, water clarity and maintenance expectations of restaurant owners, fast food chain and convenience store operators, supermarkets, cafeterias and institutions.

  • Ice is 100% water.  Great water makes great ice.

    Reduce scale build-up with 3M™ Water Filtration Products for ice applications. Help increase equipment life while reducing maintenance costs. Reduce bitter chlorine tastes and ice bin corrosion with the proper water filtration system.

  • Excess sediment can clog your revenue streams.

    Help maintain consistent, quality, better-tasting beverages by reducing chlorine taste and odour. Reduce particulate matter which can shorten the service life of expensive parts of beverage machines with 3M™ Water Filtration Products for cold beverage machines.

  • Bid farewell to bitter beverages.

    Help maintain coffee and tea clarity, consistency, and full flavour along with 3M™ Water Filtration Products for coffee and hot tea brewers. Reduce particles in your water that can shorten the service life of your equipment.

  • Get chlorine under control.

    Reduce water hardness and chlorine taste and odour from incoming water with 3M™ ScaleGard™ Pro and Blend Series. Our ion exchange systems will lessen bitter chlorine tastes while decreasing scale build-up to ensure you produce the best tasting product possible.

  • Keep your combi ovens running at full steam.

    Reduce poor water quality and equipment failure with 3M™ Water Filtration Systems. Our reverse osmosis systems help lower maintenance costs while decreasing energy consumption by reducing scale build-up.

  • Fewer filters means less waste and space.

    3M's Dual Port and Dual Flow series systems are engineered to provide high flow rates, high capacities, and the benefits of water filtration for multiple foodservice equipment in a single compact package.

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School Water Filtration

Help your school's water pass the lead test. Reduce up to 99% or more of the lead in your educational facility's drinking water, while reducing cysts, chlorine taste and odour, with 3M water filtration solutions.

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  • Cylindrical water filter replacement cartridges in various sizes.

    Already have a 3M™ Water Filter and need replacement cartridge information?

    Go to our replacement filter page to learn:

    • Where to buy a 3M™ Water Filter Cartridge
    • Why you need to replace
    • When to change

Why filtration matters for your business

Smoother coffee. Clearer ice cubes. Combi ovens running at full steam. When you work in food service, the quality of water you use is key to the right customer experience. Having quality filtration products may save time and money in the long run. Reducing impurities that may be in your water helps things taste and look better. Filtering water also helps reduce scale build-up, so your machines can run more efficiently with fewer service calls.

Quality, Taste and Consistency

One of the most noticeable problems – usually leading to customer complaints – is that untreated water may result in off-flavours. These may be caused by a number of contaminants that may be present in your water including dissolved minerals and sediment particles to disinfectants like chlorine or chloramine. Reducing such contaminants helps products taste better. For example:


  • Coffee has a richer, more subtle flavour and is not tainted with bitterness, odour, flatness – or, on occasion, surface scum
  • Cold beverages can be made using the recommended level of syrup as there is no need to use more to hide off-flavours and drinks have maximum fizz rather than being flat
  • Drinks from vending machines and water coolers taste better with no evidence of chlorine
  • Ice is not tainted with a ‘chlorine’ odour or sediment that makes cold drinks look and taste unpleasant
  • Food prepared or cooked with water tastes and looks better, with no flakes of hardwater scale present
Equipment Efficiency and Life

Even if customers have no complaints over sub-standard food and beverages, low quality water can damage machinery. One of the most damaging water quality issues is scale caused by dissolved minerals deposited onto machine surfaces. This may lead to more machine breakdowns, require more maintenance – and ultimately reduce machine lifetimes.


  • Scale on heating elements can reduce energy efficiency as it reduces heat transfer
  • ‘Hidden’ scale – which blocks pipes, valves and other internal components – reduces flow rates and can also cause internal leaks
  • Scale build-up can cut machine lifespan despite a lifetime of increased maintenance to keep it running
Business Impact

Unhappy customers and unreliable machinery can only lead in one direction: a negative effect on business. Here are just a few examples of how poor water quality can directly affect business:


  • Machines break down more frequently, or work sporadically – so may not be available when they should be generating income and lead to an overall higher cost of ownership
  • Brand reputation may become tarnished. Customers will either leave or complain if they are unsatisfied with beverage or food quality
  • Unreliable working conditions, regular disruption from service engineers and handling customer complaints may affect the morale of staff
  • Ultimately this all links back to an increase in running costs for the business and therefore reduced profits

Why choose a 3M commercial foodservice water filter?

3M™ High Flow Series Products include the option of replacement filters featuring Integrated Membrane Pre-Activated Carbon Technology ("I.M.P.A.C.T.") that provides excellent cartridge life and economy. You’ll see some key benefits including:

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    Single-cartridge flow rates and capacities previously only available with three- or four-cartridge systems¹

     

     

    Up to 12-month cartridge life

     

     

    Fast and easy cartridge changes with our sanitary quick change design (SQC)

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    Direct or easily adaptable connections to existing plumbing lines

     

     

    Certification to NSF Standard 53 for cyst reduction² (For select High Flow series products)

     

     

    Reduction of 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria³ (For select High Flow series products)

  • See how our HF90 model, part of the 3M™ High Flow Series, helps you achieve great, consistent taste and helps protect machinery.

Housing

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Pleated Membrane

Media with pleated membrane design¹ helps provide cyst² and bacteria³ protection, plus excellent sediment holding capabilities with minimal pressure drop.

Carbon Block

Carbon block technology has more than four times the chlorine taste and odour-reduction capacity of the leading competitor’s pre-coat filter.*

Pleated Membrane

Pleated membrane media has six times the surface area of the leading competitor’s filter.

Prefilter Wrap

Cartridges feature a five-micron prefilter wrap.

*Data on file.


Additional Water Quality Resources

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Additional 3M Solutions for the Foodservice Industry

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    Learn more about 3M Graphic Film solutions.

    Customer experience is about more than just the menu. Use branding, graphic films, window films, floor care and floor safety solutions to encourage your customers to return to your restaurant again and again.

     

     

  • Food safety is critical to your customers’ dining experience and their health. Adherence to accepted food safety practices will help your restaurant stay at the top of customer lists and help you pass restaurant inspection checklists.

  • An efficiently cleaned restaurant kitchen can help you save money and optimize business operations, while giving you more time to focus on creating a great dining experience for your customers.


References

  • Filters featuring the Integrated Membrane Pre-Activated Carbon Technology ("I.M.P.A.C.T.") media can clearly be identified by the icon on the product label.
  • Based on the use of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts.
  • As demonstrated with 99.99% reduction of surrogate organism E. coli (ATCC 11229) and P. fluorescens (ATCC 49642) in manufacturer’s lab test.