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University Upgrades

Universities around the nation are upgrading or remodeling their cafeterias and concession stands. Whether they are getting ready for the new school year or football season, they are preparing for the multiple number of students and fans that will be joining them for the start of the new fall season. Filter Pure helps with this preparation by assisting them with all their water filtration needs. The most common filtration need with cafeterias and concession stands is their combination units, serving soda and ice. To make sure these units are serving delicious ice cold beverages, Filter Pure recommends the High Flow CSR Quad 4FC (EV9329-44). This provides you with a pre-filter, 4 filtering cartridges and a scale inhibitor. This system is rated for 60,000 gallon capacity, 3 carbonators, 1,500 lbs. of ice production and up to 4 brewing pots of coffee. The filter on this system, the 4FC cartridge (EV9692-21), is rated for 15,000 gallon capacity at a .5 micron rating. They are NSF 42 and 53 standard, with chlorine, taste and odor, particulate, bacteriostatic and cyst reduction.  These can be sized according to your needs. For example, if you needed more gallons capacity, like 100,000 gallons, you would use the 7FC cartridge.

As the Universities are working to better the experience for students and/or sports fans with the food options provided, they are also making sure the water used is safe, reliable and tastes great. We are proud to help them with all their water filter needs!

For more information on how we can help you on this system or others like it for your University or School please contact Amy Easter @ amy@filterpure.com or call 800-942-7873.

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Making Better Water For Your Hotel Guest

Hotel water supplies are concerned with every aspect of water quality due to the multiple uses throughout the facility.  Clean sparkling water is expected at the restaurant and bar at all times.  The same expectations are throughout the entire experience at a resort for guests.  A single filtration system will not be able to address all the needs, but at Filter Pure we can guide you to the most effective way to have the best water for your hotel. Below are two of the most common water uses for a hotel that influences the customer’s experience. Ice can have a great impact due to its visual presentation and ability to store unpleasant taste and odors if present.  Having foul smelling or cloudy ice is not an option for any operation and correcting the problem is not a difficult process.  The first step in getting clear ice is utilizing an Everpure Insurice system.  Using .5 micron filtration and scale inhibitors you are guaranteed great ice while protecting your equipment.  The carbon filtration clears up any remaining taste and odor contaminants that may be present to give the best ice for your customer. Soda fountains are a large source of water use for hotels that operate a restaurant or banquet area.  Soda requires the same level of filtration to remove taste and odor problems, but also needs to be used without a scale inhibitor.  Scale inhibitor is great for protecting your equipment but inhibits the carbonation.  A system running with the wrong filters can flatten a soda and leave the freshness to be desired.  The best system we have found for soda fountain use is the Coldrink series of filter systems.  These top rated systems and are easy to maintain like all Everpure products. At Filter Pure, we are always glad to help and lend a hand with any water problem you may encounter.  For more information or to request a quotation please contact us at 1-800-942-7873. Sign up for our Newsletter! Ask us a question here!

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What Does the NSF Label on My Pentair/Everpure Water Filter Mean?

 Millions of people take the safety of their food, water and consumer products for granted on a daily basis. Why? Because of three letters: NSF. Founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, the foundation changed it’s name to NSF International in 1990 as they expanded services beyond sanitation and into global markets. NSF certification is your key to making sure that the products you use meet strict standards for public health protection. Choosing a product certified by NSF lets you know the company complies with strict standards and procedures imposed by NSF.

There are important reasons to look for NSF certification when purchasing a water filter;

  • Performance claims may be based on internal testing only.
  • Sometimes stated capacities are misleading.
  • In capacity claims it’s not always clear what percentage of chemical contaminants are actually reduced.

NSF Certification ensures that:

  • The contaminant reduction claims certified are true and accurate.
  • The materials of construction do not add anything unwanted to the water such as lead.
  • The system is structurally sound.
  • Advertising claims are true and accurate.

From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, every aspect of a product’s development is thoroughly evaluated before it can earn our certification. Most importantly, NSF certification is not a one-time event, but involves regular on-site inspections of manufacturing facilities and regular re-testing of products to ensure that they continue to meet the same high standards required to maintain certification over time. If for any reason a product fails to meet one or more certification criteria, NSF will take enforcement actions to protect you, including product recall, public notification or de-certification. If you have any questions about the quality of the filter that you are currently using and whether or not that filter has an NSF certification please ask us about your filter  below or call our team at 800-942-7873.

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Lovin' Your Combi-Oven

Michael Engel, owner of Pastiche Bistro in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his favorite piece of kitchen equipment, the Alto Shaam Mini Combi oven. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki/Redux
One of the functions of a Combi-oven is its steam feature. Steam equipment is very susceptible to scale and corrosion problems. The last thing you want is your combi-oven breaking down, leaving you scrambling to figure out how you’re going to prepare your food and then trying to find a technician to fix the combi-oven, and you KNOW how expensive that can be! So it’s time to show your combi-oven some LOVE! Take careful consideration of its water quality by understanding a few basic characteristics about your water: 

  • Chlorine/Chloramines
  • Hardness (scale)
  • Chlorides

Chlorine and Chloramines are disinfectants that protect us from water-borne disease and other health risks, but they also promote corrosion in cooking equipment. The scale forming compounds of calcium and magnesium carbonate are found in most water supplies. The physics of generating steam results in the precipitation of these dissolved minerals which forms hard scale in boilers, valves and fittings, and on elements, cabinet walls and glass. Chlorides are common, active ions of dissolved solids in water that can cause pitting and crevice corrosion. At high temperatures chlorides are particularly corrosive to stainless steel.  Chlorides can only be removed with a system that utilizes reverse osmosis.

With these facts in mind, you want to make sure you pick the right water filtration system for your combi-oven. Here are a few options:

(Click the image to see more information on these systems.)

To figure out what is in your water, call us today for a water test kit!

 

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What Your Unfiltered Water Contains…

Think about where your water comes from….and we don’t just mean the sink! Expand your mind and remember that water comes from unclean, natural resources like rivers and lakes, which contain pollution and contaminants that are unfit for consumption. To be clean, the water should undergo a number of treatments necessary to make it drinkable.

Specifically in tap water is:

  • Toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, copper, cadmium and aluminum
  • Volatile organic chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemicals from irresponsible manufacturers
  • Personal care chemicals
  • Household cleaning products
  • Water treatment additives such as chlorine, fluoride, and other toxic chemicals
  • Bacteria and viruses such as giardia, cryptosporidium, coliform and E-coli
  • Toxic Heavy Metals

Water purifiers are specifically designed to eliminate or reduce these certain pollutants that are in our drinking water. They also improve the quality and taste of the water by eliminating its chlorine content. It is virtually impossible to know what is in tap water at any given time because municipal water quality as well as private well water varies from place to place, season to season, and house to house. Even if all of the toxic metals could be completely filtered at the local water treatment facility, they could still end up in your drinking water because rust and sediment build up in the water pipes within our homes. Even this minimal exposure can cause symptoms similar to the flu, such as headaches, diarrhea, cramps, nausea or vomiting. The only way we can have any control over the quality of water we drink is by having a personal water filter system. Filtered drinking water is the most reliable and least expensive way to get healthy water!

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Everpure Claris Water Filter Heads

Everpure Claris Water Filter HeadsEverpure Claris water filter heads are an integral part of the Claris water filter system by Everpure. This system was designed to be used with hot water and is ideal for hot drink machines, steam cooking and brewed iced tea. It is unique in that it permits users to determine the amount of minerals they want in their water, allowing for improved flavor while still protecting equipment from the damages caused by hard water. It doesn’t waste water the way that a reverse osmosis system does, and yet it still helps to reduce energy costs and prevent costly de-liming procedures. The filter heads designed to fit the Everpure Claris filters are sturdy and long-lasting. They do not corrode, making them perfect for vending machines and the food service industry. There are three different models:

Both of the QCF filter heads come equipped with an automatic shut-off, a built-in flush port and an adjustable bypass; the BSP model includes all of these features as well as a flow restrictor and a backflow restrictor. All of them are commercial-grade water filter heads made specifically for Claris filter cartridges. The Claris heads are effortless to install. They do not need an electrical connection, and mounting them is merely a matter of following a simple illustration. The filter system can function as a freestanding unit, or it can be mounted to a wall or laid on its side. This makes it useable even in situations where space is limited. The only major requirements are that the water pressure leading to the system must be less than 116 psi and the shut-off valve must be placed upstream from the filter. If the pressure is too high, a pressure reducer valve should be fitted to the supply end of the system. For optimum performance of the Everpure Claris filter heads, it is important to change the filters once a year or whenever their water capacity is reached, whichever comes first. Following cartridge installation, flush out the system by turning the filter head clockwise. To determine whether the desired hardness level has been reached, utilize the Titration kit rather than checking mineral levels with hardness test strips. The Claris system can be used for any application where users desire to control the softness of their water. Typically, this includes coffee and espresso machines, steam cookers and ovens, and self-cooking systems.

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Everpure Claris Saves Money And Offers Better Tasting Water

Everpure ClarisFood managers and restaurant owners looking for a high-quality commercial water filter system to decrease the costs of regular deliming will be impressed by Everpure Claris. This water softening and filtration system can save operators up to $2,500 annually, not to mention provide a crystal clear glass of iced tea to thirsty customers. Unlike reverse osmosis water filtration systems, Everpure Claris does not remove all minerals from the water. Minerals add flavor to drinks, so the filtration system allows the operator to adjust the relative water softness of the water supply, thus controlling of the alkalinity and mineral content of the water. Meanwhile, the five-step filtration process removes all unpleasant particles, odors and tastes. Everpure Claris blends perfectly to create great-tasting beverages every time. It also reduces scale in direct-injection steam ovens, which can save operators $1,400 in energy costs. Owners save another $1,100 by eliminating the expensive deliming process associated with hard water. In tests by Everpure, replacing a resin filter with Claris reduced water hardness grains by 50 percent. It’s also environmentally friendly when compared to a reverse osmosis water filtration system, which wastes two to three gallons of water for every gallon of purified water it creates. The savings on maintenance is reason enough to consider Everpure Claris Water Filter System. Customer satisfaction is simply the icing on the cake.

Installation & Setup Tips

Everpure Claris is less expensive to acquire than reverse osmosis systems, takes up less space, and is easy to install. The system can be mounted horizontally or vertically to the wall or be a freestanding unit.

  • To mount and install, simply attach the included bracket to the wall and attach the hoses to the proper filter head.
  • Lead a flush hose into a waste container or into a drain.
  • Turn the filter head clockwise after you insert the filter cartridge in order to flush the cartridge.
  • Align marks on the mounting bracket to the marks on the cartridge.
  • After closing the flush/pressure release value, the system is ready for operation.

After installation, owners will need to adjust the bypass level according to their specific needs. A guide to determining ideal water hardness is supplied. Maintenance requires only the occasional filter change. As stated previously, scale and lime will no longer be an issue. Protect your equipment and deliver the best-tasting beverages in town with Everpure Claris.

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Water Filters Vs. Water Softeners – Which Do You Need?

Depending on where you live, your drinking water may need some type of filtration, but which is right for you? Do you need a water filter or a water softener? What if you need both? How do you know which one is right for you? Well, to answer these questions, let’s take a look at what water filters and water softeners do, then you can decide on the best solution for you and your family’s water filtration needs:

Water Softeners

So, what exactly does a water softener do and why do you need it? Well, simply, they soften hard water. Hard water is full of minerals and deposits such as calcium and magnesium. Although no harm will come to you from hard water, it’s nightmare for cleaning showers, tubs and causes problems for pipes and plumbing fixtures. By using a water softener, you will break down the hardness or materials in the water. Different softeners use different methods including: ion, electrical and magnetics. It’s best to get your water tested to find out for sure, if you have hard water. Then decide on what method works best for you.

Water Filters

Without purifying our drinking water, you could consume things that contribute to disease and illness. To prevent this, most water treatment facilities employ chemicals such as chlorine to treat the water. This, however, introduces new problems for us. I mean, you would you want to drink something that resembles the water in a swimming pool? I didn’t think so. So counter this, there’s water filters. Basically, water filters take out all the bad things in your water like the chlorine and other chemicals – leaving you with clean tasting and smelling drinking water. The most common filter is a carbon-based filter – it can remove the majority of chemicals in your water.

What’s Best For Your Water?

For many a water filter is all they will ever need. For others, a water softener plus water filter is a requirement. Remember how we said to test your water? Well, if you find out you have hard water, it’s best to get yourself a combination filter and softener to clean out the impurities in your drinking water. Otherwise, stick with a single water filter for your water purification needs.

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Water Pollution Plagues America

It’s easy to relegate thoughts of bacteria-laden streams, rivers contaminated with heavy metals, and otherwise polluted water sources to so-called “third-world” countries and developing nations. But the truth is that the same problems that afflict these parts of the globe are very present right here in the United States. What’s more, these water sources are not just in rural America; the problem affects major cities around the country, including our nation’s capital. The Potomac river is perhaps one of the best examples of a polluted major water source. Estimated to provide drinking water to two million people in the capital region, the Potomac and its tributaries have fallen victim to years of disregard by Washington-area residents. The problem stems from urban runoff, neglectful farmers, and land development efforts. Still another example of a polluted American waterway is none other than the “mighty” Mississippi. Flowing from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the water of the Mississippi picks up all sorts of pollutants along the way, and by way of its tributaries, transports them through more than 31 states, affecting millions of people. So what is to be done about this modern-day plague? Residences protect themselves with point of use systems that employ a number of technologies, including reverse osmosis and UV filtration. Businesses on the other hand, generally incorporate application-specific technologies such as those for coffee and ice filtration. Regardless of your specific water concern, it’s important to inform yourself about the quality of your drinking water – it may not be as clean as you think.

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Revolutionary Personal Water Filtration

Over 1.2 billion people around the globe don’t have access to potable water. Many of them live in the continent of Africa. So it should come as no surprise that a solution to this problem might come from an inventor who lives there. Meet Dr. Eugene Cloete. A microbiologist by training, Cloete is currently the Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to his teaching ability, Dr. Cloete apparently has a knack for invention. With nine patents to his name, the first of which he earned at the age of 23, Eugene has adopted a way of thinking different than that of most peoples’. “[creativity is] like reading and writing,” said Cloete, “the more you use it, the better you get.” With much of South Africa’s tap water riddled with disease-causing bacteria, heavy metals, and pesticide residue, something needed to be done. In short, Dr. Cloete has invented a disposable filter, which looks very similar to a tea bag, to filter water as it is poured from a bottle. Each filter is capable of ridding bacteria, heavy metals, and harmful chemicals from about 15 liters of water before it needs to be thrown away. Cloete, an expert on inhibiting growth of bacterial slime, says he came up with the idea while on a faculty tour of his current department. He happened to notice a tea bag sitting on the break room counter when he started to explore the idea. It wasn’t until he watched a presentation at the university during which a student demonstrated how to spin nanofibers – filaments finer than human hair – that he figured out how to do it. He combined this technology with both that of the anti-bacterial membranes he had already been working on, and the traditional water filtration component activated carbon to yield the filter. Since announcing the invention in July, Dr. Cloete and his team of two post-doctoral colleges have received hundreds of inquiries from excited philanthropists, aid organizations, and retailers. This little tea bag is sure to save lives.

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Nylon Filter Housings Offer Economical Alternative

Traditionally, water filter housings to be used in high-temperature applications needed to be constructed of stainless or carbon steel. They were difficult and costly to produce, they were subject to oxidization (the result of years of exposure to chemicals and reaction-catalyzing temperatures), and they would retain heat even hours after the water supply had been shut off, making maintenance time consuming. In recent years however, an alternative to these costly housings has arrived: the nylon filter. Actually composed of a glass-reinforced nylon, these filter housings are more than capable of performing the same tasks of their now-outdated steel counterparts, housing standard high-temperature sediment and carbon filter cartridges with ease. Not only are nylon filter housings cheaper to purchase and maintain, but many models can withstand the same high temperatures as traditional steel housings – in most cases, Nylon filters are also ideally suited to industrial applications. Though they should not be used with ketones, an excellent chemical compatibility allows glass-reinforced nylon filter housings to handle organic solvents, sea water, alcohol, petroleum, and vegetable oils. New developments continue to be made in filtration systems each year, making purchase, maintenance, and repair easier and more cost effective than ever.

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Point of Entry Filters (POE) vs. Point of Use Filters (POU)

In many commercial applications, several water filters, including those which are dedicated to specific pieces of machinery, are needed. In these cases, individual filters, known as “point of use” (POU) water filters are located inline just before the water is dispersed or enters the machinery for which the water is intended. As POU filters are usually application specific, they can be tailored to the needs of the user, and are often used in place of a generic reverse osmosis system. This fact makes a standard POU water filter easier to maintain, but usually more expensive. Because of this, it behooves the business owner to take measures against the premature degradation of the POU water filter. The easiest way to accomplish this is to install a “point of entry” (POE) water filter. POE water filters perform water filtration for the entire commercial water service. They are responsible for purifying the water supply to all faucets, pieces of machinery, and toilets. The advantage of this approach to water filtration is first that only one system must be purchased for an entire service, and second, that it greatly improves the life of any other filters present down-line. The most popular POE filters used are either sediment prefilters, or carbon filters.

  • Sediment filters are responsible for removing sediment that can clog softeners, prematurely foul carbon filters, or ruin the down-line plumbing. In addition, they reduce TDS (total dissolved solids) or many other harmful chemicals like nitrate, nitrites, etc.
  • Carbon filters are effective for certain trouble water conditions such as bad taste or odor.

Still other POE filters are designed as an entire system. These units typically employ a four-stage filtration process. The first stage of filtration removes sediment in the water that may clog the filter, reducing its effectiveness. The second stage uses a chemical process called water atomization to alter the molecular structure of chlorine and turn it into the harmless molecule, zinc chloride. The third and fourth stages of filtration involve activated carbon filters to filter pesticides, and other harmful chemicals. By removing chlorine and other harmful chemicals at the point-of-entry, the whole service is provided with cleaner, healthier water at a reduced cost to the business owner. Pre-filters are typically much less expensive than down-line, application specific filters, making their replacement cheaper than that of the filters the POE filter is saving.