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Water Filters for Fountain Beverages

People expect their favorite beverage to taste exactly the same every time they drink it, regardless of whether it comes from a can or dispenser.

Bottling plants use a wide array of water treatment technologies to “standardize” water so that their bottled and canned beverages taste the same wherever they’re served.  Stringent controls assure the quality and consistency of the syrups and flavorings used in post-mixed beverages.  Water used for fountain beverages should not contain any taste or odor. It is the single most important factor in assuring quality and consistency.

Important considerations when selecting the right commercial water filter system are:

  • The water filter system’s rated “capacity” (gal./liters) should be greater than the amount of water used to make beverages for the period between filter changes.
  • The water filter system’s “flow rate” should meet the combined flow requirements of the carbonators and other equipment.

To select the right water filter system and assure consistent beverage quality you must understand a few basic characteristics about your water, such as:

  1. Sediment
  2. Chlorine / Chloramines
  3. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

The following is a snapshot of the contaminants that can be problematic for fountain beverages and the OptiPure technologies used to deal with them.


Fine silt, dirt, rust and other debris causes wear on carbonator pumps and can damage solenoids and valves.  Fine suspended particulates are also said to ‘release’ carbonation more rapidly causing flat beverages.


Chlorine and Chloramines are disinfectants that protect us from water-borne disease and other health risks, but they also impart an offensive Taste and Odor, and can ruin carbonated and non-carbonated fountain beverages.  Chloramines are produced when ammonia is mixed with Chlorine.  When required, Chloramines help water treatment utilities manage disinfectant by-products (DBP’s), and remain in water distribution systems longer than Chlorine.

  • OptiPure Commercial Water Filter systems include high quality Activated Carbons to reduce Chlorine, Taste & Odor and specialized Catalytic Carbons for the reduction of Chloramines. 

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

TDS is made up of an array of contaminants (primarily Minerals) that are dissolved in water.  The type and amount of dissolved solids can vary significantly from one location to another.  TDS does not typically present a problem for beverages, but ‘high’ levels of Dissolved Solids, or excessive amounts of Chlorides or Sulfates can cause a ‘metallic’ or ‘bitter’ taste in beverages.

  • OptiPure OP and BWS models utilize reverse osmosis to remove TDS and allow precise blending of specially filtered water to achieve a favorable mineral balance.

Take a look at our various commercial water filter treatment systems for fountain beverage applications.  For more detailed information about water, as it relates to fountain beverages, and how to select the best system for your equipment download our free Fountain Beverage Water Filtration Application Guide.

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