Water Treatment for Food & Beverage Companies

Water is a critical factor in every aspect of the food and beverage industry. From cleaning process machinery to incorporation in food and beverage products, quality water is essential to efficient processing and manufacturing. Since food and beverage products can affect the health of consumers, processing and distribution facilities are held to stringent standards for water quality. Also, used water that leaves food and beverage processing facilities must be treated before it is discharged to meet environmental regulations.

To ensure ideal product quality and compliance with regulatory standards, it is important to use reliable water treatment systems tailored to your particular application. Reynolds Culligan’s industrial water treatment systems can be incorporated into production processes to remove contaminants and provide a quality product. We also offer systems to help you recycle and reuse processed water, thereby enhancing system efficiency, reducing water emissions, and improving the overall sustainability of your operation.

What Type of Water Treatment Is Used in the Food & Beverage Industry?

Water treatment in the food and beverage industry varies widely depending on the specific application. Some of the most useful water treatment methods include reverse osmosis, ultraviolet (UV) water treatment, filtration, and deionization.

Food Process Industry

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis is a water purification process that removes a variety of bacterial and chemical contaminants by using a semi-permeable membrane. The extremely fine holes of the membrane filter prevent large particles from passing through for purified, potable water that can be used for food and beverage products.

Ultraviolet Water Treatment

Ultraviolet water treatment purifies water by killing pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoa. While more traditional water treatment processes use harsh chemicals, UV systems allow for water purification without harsh substances. This improves the flavor and quality of the water and reduces the potential for chemical contamination of both end products and wastewater runoff.


Filtration is a fundamental water treatment method that uses a variety of media to remove certain chemicals and solids from water prior to reverse osmosis, UV treatment, or deionization. It is ideal for water treatment plants in the food industry, which often treat wastewater from food processing that can contain a variety of solid and organic waste. Since filtration cannot remove inorganic solids, salts, or minerals, it is often used in conjunction with more thorough treatment processes.


Deionization is a common water treatment process in industrial water purification systems. Water is passed through an electrically charged resin to remove unwanted minerals and ions, leaving pure water. It is a common means of removing calcium, iron, and other minerals for high-purity water that can be used in food and beverage processing and drinking water.

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What Type of Food & Beverage Industries Need Water Treatment?

The food and beverage sector depends heavily on a range of water-related applications. From food ingredients and wastewater treatment in processing facilities to boilers, dishwashers, steamers, and ice machines in food service establishments, purified water is crucial to safe and industry compliant operations.

At Reynolds Culligan, we offer the latest in water treatment technology to meet the extensive needs and stringent industry standards of the food and beverage industry. Our state-of-the-art water purification systems can be tailored to facilitate a variety of applications, including:

  • Food and Beverage Ingredient Mixing
  • Drinking Water
  • Beverage and Ice Filtration
  • Boiler and Hot Water Treatment
  • Process Water Purification
  • Production Utility Water
  • Clean-in-Place (CIP) and Sanitize-in-Place (SIP) Processes
  • Wastewater Reduction
  • Dishwashers, Steamers, and Steam Tables

All of our water purification solutions can be customized for use in food service, hospitality, commercial kitchens, and food and beverage processing facilities. To see how our process can improve your food and beverage business, take a look at this Case Study from one of our customers who benefited from Reynolds Culligan’s commercial water treatment.

Benefits of Water Treatment in Food & Beverage from Reynolds Culligan

Customized Solutions for Food & Beverage Production

Restaurant Industry

Reynolds Culligan treatment systems generate high quality water to the top food and beverage companies in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., N. Virginia areas. These integrated platforms are well suited for ingredient, fluid mixing, processing and utility water.

Fast to Market Systems

Reynolds Culligan’s designs use pre-fabricated components to produce one of the fastest complete systems to market. The end result is we can quickly and efficiently meet your toughest water quality goals. This reduces the use of capital and environmental resources while minimizing opportunity costs.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Reynolds Culligan’s modular construction allows application engineers to build a custom system to remove identified organic and inorganic substances that are found in your feed water. We will ensure that your process water meets all quality assurance and quality control standards.

Increased Return on Investment (ROI)

By working with Reynolds Culligan, not only will you have access to the highest quality water, but you can even expect an increased return on investment. Our customized water treatment solutions are designed to lower consumption of resources while simultaneously providing higher yields.

Improve Resource Sustainability and Minimize Wastewater

By selecting the proper water treatment modules, Reynolds Culligan can assist food and beverage manufacturers with reduction of discharge. For example, reverse osmosis treated boiler feed water can greatly reduce blow downs. Additionally, water softeners featuring brine reclamation technology lower wastewater discharge and chemical and energy consumption.

Total Integration Through Advanced Electronic Capabilities

As a cost-effective measure, Reynolds Culligan treatment systems rely on historical operating data logging, remote monitoring and telemetry that allow customers to examine and trend the performance of their water treatment system. With access to this important data, customers can take action to foster consistency of production while lowering business risk.

Check out our Case Study in the food & beverage industry of a customer who improved their business with a Reynolds Culligan commercial water treatment!

Choose Reynolds Culligan for Reliable Quality Water Treatment

At Reynolds Culligan, we are committed to providing superior water treatment solutions for our customers in the food and beverage industry and beyond. Our cutting-edge filtration and purification technology helps food and beverage processing and service facilities produce safe, clean water for everything from ingredients and processing to wastewater filtration and sanitization.

To learn more about ways that our water purification systems can improve your operations, contact our experts today or request a free estimate.  Our highly knowledgeable staff is standing by to help you find the perfect water treatment system for your needs!

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