Six ways restaurants are fighting the drought while keeping water glasses filled.
In any foodservice operation, washing dishes is an indispensable routine that does not get a lot of attention. Yet customers consistently rate cleanliness of tableware as highly as they rank food quality and taste. A well-trained dishwasher, properly balanced dish machine, and good cleaning program will help you meet customer expectations for a clean and safe environment. The good news is you do not have to compromise between saving water and offering clean dishes. Here are a few methods restaurants can take in the back of the house to reduce costs and save water:
1. Full racks in restaurant dishwashers can save up to 12,000 gallons of water a year.
2. Low-flow spray valves could save almost 17,000 gallons of water a year.
3. Replacing dishwasher rinse jets and arm assemblies can save 37,800 gallons a year.
4. Point-of-entry water softeners can save up to 40,000 gallons a year.
5. A typical kitchen can save almost 16,900 gallons of water per year by switching to low-flow aerators in their faucets.
All over California, restaurants are on the frontline of the fight to save water. What most people do not realize is that the smartest businesses are fighting the fight from the back of the house.
About the Author
Leah Larson, director of Foodservice and Warewashing Marketing for Ecolab’s Institutional business, is responsible for understanding the customer and market, developing products and program innovation, and positioning Ecolab as a business partner and thought leader with customers in this industry. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Based on 10 percent rack reduction in operation running 350 racks per day.
- Savings based on conversion from 1.42 GPM to 0.65 GPM for one hour per day of use. Savings based on an operation running 350 racks per day.
- Conversion 1.8 GPM to 1.49 GPM flow rate through replacing worn rinse jets. Savings based on an operation running 350 racks per day.
- Based on 50 percent water savings during regeneration as compared to a standard single tank timed unit.
- Savings based on 10 employees washing their hands 10 times a day for 20 seconds of each wash. Flow rate goes from 2.2 GPM to 1.0 GPM.