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 building customer loyalty and maintaining brand identity.

    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. Untreated water may also cause scaling on internal parts, corrosion on metal surfaces and degradation of gaskets and seals within your valuable appliances.

Solutions to meet your filtration needs.

Don’t choose between providing high-quality water and protecting your equipment — both are possible! Protect your business’s bottom line by implementing a filtration system that you can trust.

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    Restaurants and QSRs

    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.

    Learn more about restaurants and QSRs

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    Coffee and Tea Shops

    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.

    Learn more about coffee and tea shops

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    Convenience and Grocery Stores

    Help ensure your grab-and-go products and beverages taste as good as they look with high-quality water filtration.

    Featured Applications:
    Ice | Multi-Equipment | Cold Beverage
    Coffee Tea | Espresso

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    Treat your patients, visitors and staff to the best with high-quality filtered water in your foodservice operations.

    Featured Applications:
    Ice | Multi-Equipment | Cold Beverage
    Coffee Tea | Espresso

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    Hospitality and Recreation

    In your business, the quality of your guests’ experiences are everything. Keep them coming back for more with high quality water, ice and beverages.

    Featured Applications:
    Ice | Multi-Equipment | Cold Beverage
    Coffee Tea | Espresso

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    Education and Commercial

    Help your food, ice and beverages earn an A+ for taste, appearance and quality with high-performing water filtration.

    Featured Applications:
    Ice | Multi-Equipment | Cold Beverage
    Coffee Tea | Espresso

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Filter out the doubt.

Now you can have confidence knowing your water is protected from municipal chemical treatments with the 3M™ High Flow CLX Series.


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 unfiltered water may result in off-flavors. These could be caused by a number of contaminants that may be present in your water, including dissolved minerals and sediment particles or 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, odor, 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 offset off-flavors, and drinks have maximum fizz rather than being flat
  • Drinks from vending machines and water coolers can taste better with no evidence of chlorine
  • Ice is not tainted with a ‘chlorine’ odor or sediment that makes cold drinks look and taste unpleasant
  • Equipment in which you display your food appears cleaner, with less flakes of hard water scale present in the oven
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. For example:

  • 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 buildup 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 can break down more frequently or work sporadically if scale is present and may not be available when they should be generating income and lead to an overall higher cost of ownership
  • Customers could become unsatisfied with beverage quality, therefore tarnishing the brand's reputation
  • 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

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Find more filtration resources from 3M.

To help reduce food and beverage quality impacts, business interruptions, added cost and, ultimately, reduced customer satisfaction, follow recommended guidelines on when to change your 3M water filter. Knowing more about what affects your local water quality will help you manage integrating water filtration into your business.

  • 3M replacement filters
    Replacement Cartridges

    Already have a 3M filter? Check out our replacement cartridge page to learn:

    - Where to buy a 3M water filter cartridge

    - Why you need to replace

    - When and how to change

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    Additional Resources

    Looking for something more specific? Check out other resource pages:

    - Find a Dealer

    - Find My Filter

    - Foodservice FAQs

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