Commercial Food Service Water Filtration

Better water is better for business.

Help improve product consistency, customer experiences, business continuity and your bottom line with filtration solutions from 3M.

Quality water filtration is key to your success.

  • Restaurants, cafés, quick service restaurants, coffee shops, convenient stores, and other foodservice outlets rely on fresh and clean water for daily business. Controlling water quality can be vital to your brand identity and building customer loyalty.

    You may consider incoming water to be fixed, stable and unchanging, but quality varies widely from region to region and even street to street. High levels of dissolved minerals, the use of disinfectants and the presence of tiny solid particles—or even residual bacteria—may result in unpleasant taste. And untreated water may cause scaling on internal parts, corrosion on metal surfaces, and degrade gaskets and seals within your valuable appliances.

Why filtration matters for your business

Smoother coffee. Clearer ice. Combi ovens running at full steam. In the foodservice industry, quality water is essential in helping to ensure positive customer experiences. High quality filtration helps reduce impurities that can have a negative impact on the taste and the look of your beverages and ice. It also helps reduce scale buildup in your machines, so they run smoothy and require less maintenance.

Quality, Taste and Consistency

One of the most noticeable problems – usually leading to customer complaints – is that untreated water may result in off-flavors. These may be caused by a number of contaminants that may be present in your water including dissolved minerals and sediment particles to disinfectants like chlorine or chloramine. Reducing such contaminants helps products taste better. For example:

  • Coffee has a richer, more subtle flavor and is not tainted with bitterness, odour, flatness – or, on occasion, surface scum
  • Cold beverages can be made using the recommended level of syrup as there is no need to use more to hide off-flavors and drinks have maximum fizz rather than being flat
  • Drinks from vending machines and water coolers taste better with no evidence of chlorine
  • Ice is not tainted with a ‘chlorine’ odour or sediment that makes cold drinks look and taste unpleasant
  • Food prepared or cooked with water tastes and looks better, with no flakes of hardwater scale present
Equipment Efficiency and Life

Even if customers have no complaints over sub-standard food and beverages, low quality water can damage machinery. One of the most damaging water quality issues is scale caused by dissolved minerals deposited onto machine surfaces. This may lead to more machine breakdowns, require more maintenance – and ultimately reduce machine lifetimes.

  • Scale on heating elements can reduce energy efficiency as it reduces heat transfer
  • ‘Hidden’ scale – which blocks pipes, valves and other internal components – reduces flow rates and can also cause internal leaks
  • Scale build-up can cut machine lifespan despite a lifetime of increased maintenance to keep it running
Business Impact

Unhappy customers and unreliable machinery can only lead in one direction: a negative effect on business. Here are just a few examples of how poor water quality can directly affect business:

  • Machines break down more frequently, or work sporadically – so may not be available when they should be generating income and lead to an overall higher cost of ownership
  • Brand reputation may become tarnished. Customers will either leave or complain if they are unsatisfied with beverage and even steamed food quality
  • Unreliable working conditions, regular disruption from service engineers and handling customer complaints may affect the morale of staff
  • Ultimately this all links back to an increase in running costs for the business and therefore reduced profits

  • From the ice in your beverages to the steam in your combi oven, the quality of your water makes an impact on the quality of your customers’ experiences.

  • As a brewer of beverages, almost everything you serve starts with water, and the quality of your finished drinks is reflected in the quality of your water.


  • Excess sediment can clog your revenue streams.

    Help maintain consistent, quality, better tasting beverages by reducing chlorine taste and odour. Reduce particulate matter which can shorten the service life of expensive parts of beverage and post mix machines with the 3M HF series.

  • Ice is 100% water. Great water makes great ice.

    Reduce scale build-up with the 3M HFS series. Help increase equipment life while reducing maintenance costs. Reduce bitter chlorine tastes and ice bin corrosion with the proper water filtration system.

  • Providing the best possible quality water to enhance your brand, protect your machine, provide great tasting water and increase your profits. These are the common challenges addressed by 3M Water Filtration solutions for Point of Use Water coolers.

  • Bid farewell to bitter beverages.

    Help maintain coffee and tea clarity, consistency, and full flavor along with the 3M HFMS series. Reduce particles in your water that can shorten the service life of your coffee, tea and hot water boilers.

  • Get chlorine under control.

    Reduce water hardness and chlorine, taste and odour from incoming water with 3M™ ScaleGard™ Pro and Blend Series, improving your espresso and vending beverages. Our ion exchange systems will lessen bitter chlorine tastes while decreasing scale build-up to ensure you produce the best tasting product possible.


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