Commercial water treatment for service stations
Commercial water treatment systems are vital for service stations offering products like food, coffee, soda and other beverages, as well as restroom facilities.
When choosing a commercial water system for service stations, business owners should also take into consideration:
- Are there restrooms?
- Will food preparation take place in the facility?
- Is there a need to clean and sanitize equipment in-house?
- Does the station offer a car wash?
- Is the station on city water or well water?
- Is the facility open 24 hours per day?
Some New Hampshire service stations rely on well water, and there are special considerations for a commercial water treatment system on well water.
Domestic water needs for service stations
This is water used in the bathrooms and sinks for customers and employees. If a store is on a well, metals like iron and manganese can stain commodes and sinks. These stains increase maintenance costs for keeping them clean and presentable. Stained restrooms create an unpleasant customer experience. Secondwind offers commercial water treatment for iron, manganese or corrosion (which causes green stains).
Drinking water and food preparation water for service stations
Service stations that prepare food may also be impacted by water hardness. Secondwind treats consumable water differently than other types of water. For example, we might treat the water used to produce coffee and soda to remove arsenic, but not treat the sinks and toilets for arsenic.
This is a common approach when there are chemicals or contaminants in the water making it unsafe to drink but safe for other uses. We treat commercial water for high fluoride, arsenic and per- and polyfluoroalkyl- substances (PFAS) with this approach, which can help lower annual operating costs by thousands of dollars.
The lifespan of dishwashers and hot water systems can also be increased with the right commercial water treatment.
Well water and taste
Many wells located on high traffic roads in NH show signs of road salt contamination. While this does not make water unsafe to drink, it does impact the taste. The taste of drinks, especially coffee, is greatly improved with treatment to remove the road salt. This treatment is not for the entire building, but just those appliances that will benefit.
Car wash water
If a service station has a car wash, it typically comes with its own water treatment. However, NH well water frequently exceeds the capacity of these pre-packaged car wash treatment systems, resulting in higher maintenance costs or unhappy customers. This frequently causes the spot free rinse to not be spot free.
Here’s something else to keep in mind, if a service station prepares food or sells coffee, and water is supplied by a well, it is a privately owned Public Water System and is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Secondwind provides an initial site evaluation at no cost to determine if a store qualifies as a PWS, and we provide services to help systems get registered to comply with the law.