Water Quality and Affects on Ice 

Commercial ice machine manufacturers recommend using a water filter with every ice maker to prolong the life of the machine and increase customer satisfaction. Water hardness, chemicals and sediment in water can all affect ice production and ice taste. Hard water can leave mineral deposits on an ice machine’s internal components and water lines which will slow down the flow of water. A water filtration system helps to reduce the buildup of mineral deposits and ensures the ice produced tastes great.  

Water Filtration Benefits

  • Higher Ice Quality
  • Better Tasting Beverages
  • Increased Machine Efficiency
  • Lower Energy Usage
  • Extended Machine Life

Optimal Parameters for Maximizing Ice Quality

Below are general guidelines for optimal parameters for maximizing ice quality and reducing water related equipment problems. Please refer to the manufacturers equipment manual for requirements. 

  • Hardness – <85 ppm
  • Alkalinity – <150 ppm
  • Chlorine – <0.05 ppm
  • Iron – <0.25 ppm
  • pH – 6.8 to 7.4
  • Chlorides – 80 ppm
  • TDS – 70 to 200 ppm

Types of Ice and Common Uses


Cube Ice is the most common type of ice used in commercial business and is great for restaurants and bars as it melts slower than other types of ice and dilutes drinks at a slower rate.


Nugget Ice is most commonly used in healthcare facilities, health clubs and quick-serve restaurants; it is low melting, softer and easier to chew than cubes. Nugget ice displaces more liquid which reduces the amount of drink syrup required per beverage.


Flake Ice is almost exclusively used by grocery stores, markets, and restaurant buffets in displays for chilled meats, seafood or salads. The soft flakes cool food rapidly and molds well around any shape. Easier to chew and soft, flake ice is also great for blended drinks.

Ice Quality and Business Profit

The quality of your water and ice has a direct affect on your business profit. Nobody wants a beverage with cloudy and bad tasting ice. A water filtration system ensures less particulates are in your ice which ensures good tasting water and very nice ice. An ice machine that is performing efficiently costs less to operate and that means more savings for your business. Call us at 1-800-951-FILTER (3458) and see how we can help you improve your ice quality and business profit.

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