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Water Filtration For Your Business

Commercial water filtration systems can help improve your water’s taste, smell, and quality. Drinking filtered water can increase your overall health and well-being. It can also protect your plumbing fixtures from damage. There are many different types of water filtration systems available on the market. When choosing, it is important to consider your specific needs. Some factors include:

  • The type of contaminants you want to remove from your water
  • Your budget
  • The size of your business
  • The amount of water you use daily

Water filtration is an important process that can help improve your drinking water’s quality and safety. Many water filter systems for offices and other businesses are available; choosing one for your needs is important. If you are unsure which type of water filtration system is right, it is a good idea to consult a water filtration service company. This article will help you get started.

How Do Commercial Water Filtration Systems Work? 

Water filtration is the process of removing impurities from water. There are two main water filtration types: carbon and reverse osmosis. Carbon is the most common type. It uses activated carbon to remove contaminants from water. Activated carbon is a porous material that attracts and absorbs contaminants like chlorine, lead, and pesticides. A sediment pre-filter screens out solids, including dirt, sand, rust, and other microscopic particles.

Reverse osmosis uses a semipermeable membrane to remove contaminants from water. The membrane allows water molecules to pass through but blocks larger contaminants – such as dissolved solids, minerals, and bacteria. Reverse Osmosis, a.k.a. RO (read “What is RO Water” here), uses five stages that operate similarly to the carbon option with the addition of these steps:

  • The water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane and leaves behind dissolved substances, including radium, lead, arsenic, and many others.
  • A final activated carbon filter polishes the water to remove any cloudy or murky appearance.

Both options effectively remove a wide range of contaminants from water. However, reverse osmosis filtration most effectively removes dissolved solids like heavy metals and minerals. Both connect to a water line and improve the municipal supply. Most will dispense chilled and instant hot water. To investigate the differences more deeply, check out our article, “Reverse Osmosis vs. Filtration.”

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What do Commercial Water Filtration Systems Remove?

The EPA has defined the contaminants found in drinking water here. Sanitation plants do a good job of removing dangerous elements. But water filters can further improve the quality and taste by reducing:

  • Metals such as arsenic, iron, and copper
  • Industrial and pharmaceutical byproducts like pesticides and hormones
  • Sediment and other organic matter
  • Microplastics
  • Radium
  • Lead
  • Chlorine
  • Bacteria 
  • Viruses

Lead is a particularly hazardous metal. It can cause serious health problems, especially in children. Even low levels of lead exposure can lead to developmental delays and learning disabilities. Water filters are an effective way to remove lead from drinking water. Any level of lead consumption can result in severe health issues for the rest of one’s life. To learn more about the effects of lead and its presence in our water, read our article, “Everything You Need to Know About Lead in Water.You can use this search tool provided by Cleveland.com to see the likelihood of lead in your water. If you feel concerned, have your water tested and use a certified water filter to remove lead.

Small commercial reverse osmosis water system sitting on counter in breakroom

Water Filters vs. Water Softeners: What’s the Difference?

Water filters and softeners differ in the symptoms they are attempting to remedy and the method in which they do so. As we have learned, water filters use carbon to attract and dispel unpleasant elements in water. The goal is to improve the overall taste, quality, and appearance.

Water softeners use polar attraction, too, but it is done with salt. Water softening becomes necessary if you notice:

  • Stiff laundry
  • Dry hair and skin
  • Mineral spots on dishes, appliances, and fixtures
  • Poor tasting water.

Using a salt-filled softener reduces hard minerals such as calcium and magnesium that cause these issues. If you are wondering whether you need a water softener, our blog post, “Do I Need a Water Softener,” can help you decide. Keep in mind water softeners do not remove contaminants other than hard metals.

What is the Best Commercial Water Filtration System? 

Water filtration systems come in many shapes and sizes. Most of them are classified as “point of use” or POU. A point-of-use filter connects to a water line and uses a bottle-less cooler to dispense chilled or instant hot H2O. This is a popular option for offices, manufacturing, restaurants, coffee shops, small businesses, healthcare facilities, and more. You can tailor point-of-use water filters to meet the needs of most commercial settings. Here are the options:

Under The Sink Water Filter

Small commercial reverse osmosis water systems fit under your sink. The finished product dispenses through a spout on your kitchen or breakroom counter. The under-sink option is a preferred commercial water filtration system for restaurants and coffee shops.  The technician must drill a small hole into your counter (about the size of a silver dollar). If you have a granite countertop, another option may be better suited for you. 

Countertop Water Filter

Countertop water filters offer a compact design that allows the unit to fit under standard-height cabinets. These models are great for break rooms and usually offer cold and hot water for drinking and coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. A stand-alone machine may be better if you already have limited counter space.

Stand-Alone Floor Water Filter

A water dispenser design is a popular choice for filtration in commercial settings. These freestanding units offer cold and hot water. They are sleek in design and attractive enough for a modern office. You will only need about a square foot of space for this POU, but it does need electricity (as do all the models). Thus, it must be near an outlet and access to a water line.

clear glass of water sitting on a table in an office

How do You Install a Water Filter Machine ?

It depends; there are several factors involved. We would not recommend attempting the process yourself unless you are a plumber. Water leaks can cause a great deal of damage. Use a water filtration service company instead. Generally, the service is included when renting or buying a water filter.

The best spot for a water filter is as close to a water line as possible. Finding a water line is easy; look for a sink, washing machine, dishwasher, ice dispenser, etc. Anything that is drawing water. Although a water line is necessary, there is no need to worry. Technicians are masters at locating hidden entry points and using them as a source for your water filter.

Commercial Water Filtration System Price  

You must first decide if you want to rent or buy a water filter. A rental agreement comes with perks that take maintenance out of your hands. You can set it and forget it while enjoying the ease of one consistent charge each month. Our rental units, for example, come with free filters and service calls. A competitive price for this sort of design is around $40.00-$50.00 per month.

To buy a water filter the cost can vary depending on the features and quality of the unit. But, investing in a high-quality water filter with a standard set of features is important, as you will get what you pay for.

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Water System Maintenance Checklist

Water filters need very little upkeep. There are only two chores that you will need to mark on your calendar (unless you rent; in that case, we do it all for you):

You should plan to address both of these tasks every six months. Also, it is a good idea to wipe the spigots with antibacterial soap to prevent the spread of germs.

Your employees consider a commercial ro water filter a perk. The investment in their health and wellness is nominal. The upkeep is nearly none, and everyone can enjoy refreshing H2O. Water filtration is an excellent choice for healthy hydration. The process can seem daunting and filled with jargon. We hope that this guide has helped to dispel that notion.

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