Technology

Scale Inhibitor

Food-grade polyphosphate dissolves slowly & uniformly over the life of the cartridge to inhibit scale formation in steamers, combi-ovens and brewing equipment.

Removing Contaminants

Water can pick up contaminants at any stage of The Water Cycle, a continuing process of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff.

The most common sources of water contamination include:

  • Naturally occuring chemicals and minerals, such as arsenic, radon and uranium
  • Agricultural land uses, such as fertilizers, pesticides, livestock and concentrated animal feeding operations
  • Industrial wastewater from manufacturing processes
  • Sewer overflows
  • Malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems, including municipal and septic systems

In the United States, some 260 contaminants are found in the nation's tap water; more than half are not subject to drinking-water safety regulations of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Half of the nation's water systems have violated standards for microbes and cloudiness (turbidity) in their drinking water, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has associated waterborne disease with public drinking water at a mean of 16.4 million annual endemic cases. Some 82% of the population gets its drinking water from large municipal systems that comprise only 8% of distribution systems.

Contamination in municipal water systems can come from:

  • Corrosion: Degradation of metals
  • Biofilms: Physical, chemical, and biological factors that influence biofilm growth within drinking water distribution systems
  • Bacteria growth: Biofilms and turbidity
  • Aging water infrastructure: An estimated 240,000 water breaks per year