Volume 43 Number 6
Water Purification Innovations Head Marquee at NAMA Western Expo in Las Vegas
Each year, thousands of water vending and office coffee service (OCS) executives travel from around the globe to the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) expos to see the latest and greatest products, services and equipment available for vending and OCS professionals. This year's Western Expo -- March 29-31 at the Las Vegas Convention Center -- included a variety of new products designed to condition and purify water, including several systems using new technology to deliver the very best water possible through more convenient delivery systems.
Lots of new water purification innovations and water delivery mechanisms were displayed as well. For example, Crystal Mountain Water Cooler Corp., of Alberta, Canada, exhibited a new point-of-use (POU) model that is connected directly to the water supply. The water reservoir is offered in plastic or stainless steel and is removable without tools to allow cleaning.
For Crystal Mountain's bottled water product, the five-gallon, bottled water jug is placed on top of the unit. Water is available in hot and cold, or cook and cold, configurations. Hot water is dispensed at 185 degrees F for tea at a rate of 30, six-ounce cups per hour and cold water is dispensed at 45 degrees F. To ensure the customer receives the best product possible, the units aren't equipped with standard filters. Instead, customers install specific filters matching the quality of incoming water with the final water quality desired. The refrigerated units will carry the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star logo soon, indicating the unit meets specific energy efficiency requirements for water coolers.
Full bottles of water
This new method dramatically extends the water's time of exposure to the disinfectant -- a factor shown to be critical to any system's ability to destroy pathogens -- while also minimizing the risk of post-treatment recontamination.
For filtration, Pure 1's most popular system is SemperFRESH, which is usually the best choice for customers who use reliable municipal water sources where the water is adequately chlorinated and biologically safe. It's NSF International certified to improve the taste and odor of biologically safe water while removing chlorine, chlorine by-products, sediment, most pesticides and other volatile organic compounds.
Taking a coffee break
For Oasis' water cooler, the company offers a removable, sanitized water reservoir making cleaning easy and convenient. Optional bottle covers are also available with color molding throughout. They're durable to conceal scratches and scrapes.
Ozone and filters
A number of other companies manufacturing water filters for vending machines and OCS equipment also exhibited their wares -- Cuno Inc., Everpure Inc., Hydro Life Inc., Omnipure Filter Co. and VendFriend.
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