Efficiency is the primary reason why residential water filters aren’t a feasible choice for certain business operations. Commercial water filters outperform home filtration units, especially when it comes to filtered water output.
That said, residential filter systems have become more performant and depending on the profile of your industry, you may very well get away with a high-performing residential unit, however, in certain cases, industrial requirements dictate the need for an industrial water purifier.
In this article, we’re examining the commercial applications that can benefit from a commercial water filter, the various types of industrial water purification systems, and the reasons you need to switch to a commercial water purifier.
Who can Benefit from a Commercial Water Filter System?
Commercial water treatment solutions can benefit nearly every sector where clean, contaminant-free water is required in large quantities and at a fast pace.
Here are some industries that use water filtration either because it’s an industry requirement, or as a measure to save costs and improve quality:
Food service sector
Restaurants, cafes, and all other food service business can benefit from a central water treatment unit, which can:
- Provide chemical-free water for cooking or preparing beverages;
- Overcome pre-existing water contamination issues (sediments, chlorine, fluoride);
- Improve taste and odour of water, which in turn will improve the taste of beverages and foods prepared with water;
- Preventing malfunctions and energy efficiencies due to scale build-up in expensive kitchen equipment;
- Reducing upkeep costs;
- Meeting demand for high volumes of water in a short amount of time.
Therefore, a water filter will not only ensure best-in-line quality water but will also reduce the risk of sudden breakdowns and associated costs.
Another sector that can benefit from high quality filtered water are dental practices.
Dental surgery water filters have surfaced as an alternative to water distillers, which are less efficient (have a lower filtered water output) and have a few drawbacks compared to dental practice water filters.
In medical settings such as dental offices, medical grade water is required for various processes from purifying water used in sterilisers, autoclaves, and medical interventions that require high-purity water to eliminate the risk of infections during surgery.
Dental surgery water treatment systems must be compliant with HTM requirements.
In the pharmaceutical industry, highly purified water is required in production processes. Reverse osmosis is one of the water filtration technologies used in the purification of water that’s added to pharmaceutical drugs.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
High-purity water is indispensable in many medical procedures (e.g. sterile water is required for different types of dialysis).
Water purifiers that are rated for medical use help hospitals comply with safety and quality standards.
Apart from the food service industry and various branches of medicine that require pure water, other industries like the agricultural industry, cooling systems, semiconductor manufacturing industry and power generation in power plants.
Types of Industrial Water Purification System
The most common types of industrial water purification systems include:
RO filters have a wide spectrum of contaminant removal, which makes them a preferred choice in many industries including the healthcare industry.
Commercial reverse osmosis filters have a higher throughput of filtered water and outrank residential models by being more time efficient.
RO filters are relatively low-maintenance and have lower operating costs compared to systems that are electricity-intensive or require regular upkeep.
Used on their own or in combination with other technologies (UV filtration or RO filtration), commercial media filters are affordable. These filters are layered (multiple layers of different media are set up) and have a long service life.
Depending on the purpose of use, however, the resulting water often requires additional filtration with other systems.
Common types of media filters used in commercial setting include sand, coal, garnet, silica sand, activated carbon, sediment filter, etc.
UV Water Purification
Commercial UV water purifiers are also used when bacteria-free water is required. They’re an affordable, easy-to-maintain and efficient way of dealing with microbiological issues.
On the downside, however, UV filters have limited purification capabilities and must be supplemented with other filter technologies to create high-grade purity water.
Deionisation uses cationic and anionic resins to attract positively or negatively charged ions and replace them with hydrogen or hydroxide.
The drawback of this method that it requires additional filters since it doesn’t remove organic particles.
Depending on the purpose of use, various methods of oxidation can be used to eradicate bacteria from water including ozonation, chloramination, UV, bromination, and chlorine dioxide.
Some of the key agents used in oxidation require removal post-treatment to remove the chemical agents added to water if the purpose of use requires it.
When to Upgrade to a Commercial Water Purifier?
As mentioned, some residential water treatment solutions can be used in commercial setting as well if they meet industry requirements.
However, at some point, the water purification requirements of your business may not be met by these filters and you may have to upgrade to a commercial water purifier.
There are various reasons why you may need to upgrade to a high-performance system such as changing industry requirements, the fact that your current system can no longer meet your filtered water needs, better filtration, implementation of new technologies, etc.
If your current system no longer meets your demands, you should find a better performing system that does.
For now, commercial reverse osmosis filters seem to be at the top of preferences for business owners although other systems may be used in industries where filtration methods are prescribed by law.
High quality filtered water delivered in high volumes and in a short amount of time are the primary reasons why commercial water filters are chosen over residential ones.
Built for quality performance, insanely high volumes of water and time-efficiency, commercial filters do cost a pretty penny and have costlier and higher maintenance requirements, however, as always, the benefits of these systems outweigh any cost-related or maintenance-related drawbacks.