Zorba’s Fine Greek Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has saved money on water, maintenance and salt by replacing its water softener with the computerized, electronic, water-conditioner Scalewatcher® from Scalewatcher North America. Three months after installing Scalewatcher, the restaurant was able to remove its bulky water softener but still retain the benefits of soft water.
Owned and run by Spiros and Marina Counelis, Zorba’s is not only located in a hard water area but also in a region where water conservation is a major priority for the local water authority. Customers are encouraged to implement water saving strategies which the water authority rewards with rebates.
“Abuquerque has hard water, which resulted in our having an awful time keeping our dishes from spotting and having a cloudy appearance after they ran through the dish washer”, said Spiros Counelis. “We decided to install a conventional water softener but our water bill jumped considerably and we had constant maintenance issues as well as the added problem of buying and storing salt”.
The average restaurant consumes 5,800 gallons of water daily, with 50% being used in the kitchen. If not properly treated, hard water can drain a restaurant’s bottom line due to the early renewal of capital equipment such as water heaters, boilers, coffee makers, dishwashers, steamers and other water-fed equipment. Hard water contains calcium carbonate that adheres to heating elements and the internal surfaces causing scale buildup that impairs efficiency. The limescale that deposits on the heating element will, if untreated, reduces efficiency, induces corrosion of the element and ultimately lead to appliance failure.
In addition in restaurants, hard water also necessitates the use of additional detergents. In fact, for every additional grain of hard water, detergent use increases by between 2% and 4% per 1,000 gallons of water used.
Many restaurants, like Zorba’s use a water softener to reduce limescale. However, water softeners use copious amounts of both water and salt, which are expensive to buy and salt is also bulky to store. In addition, in many States now, including Southern California, municipalities and water departments are severely limiting, and in some cases prohibiting, the use of salt-regenerating water softeners due to concern regarding the increased levels of salt in ground water.
“We contacted Advance Plumbing to see if there was an alternative to the water softener”, continued Spiros Counelis. “They installed an Electronic Water Conditioner called Scalewatcher. Within three months we were able to remove the old bulky water softener and still have great looking dishes. Mission accomplished”.
The award-winning Scalewatcher system not only helps restaurants meet these regulations by minimizing salt usage but also saves money on salt purchase and has the additional benefit of removing scale from water-fed equipment.
Environmentally friendly, Scalewatcher provides a permanent solution to hard water problems without the need of chemicals, salt or maintenance. It works by producing a varying electronically applied force field, induced by a coil wrapped around the outside of the pipework, which keeps the minerals in suspension and thus prevents limescale forming. No further limescale is formed and existing scale is gradually dissolved and dispersed in the water flow.
“I recommend the system to anyone with hard water issues”, concluded Spiros Counelis. “It works without me having to even think about it. I don’t really know it is there and no longer spend money on maintaining an old fashioned water softener plus my water bills are now much lower”.
Scalewatcher models are based on continuous research and over 20 years experience and expertise as market leaders in electronic scale control with countless units sold worldwide. The patented Scalewatcher systems start at $248.00 USD and are capable of treating pipe sizes from one to 120 inches. All Scalewatcher systems come with a full performance guarantee and include free shipping throughout North America.