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.
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.
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.
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