Sustainable filtered water systems brand EauVation – owned by warewashing equipment giant Winterhalter – has got operators thinking about bottle cleanliness after unveiling an integrated system that sterilises, fills and delivers bottled water.
The company believes the ‘industry first’ will be a hit with customers that want to know bottles are hygienically cleaned inside before being refilled.
The HydreauBar system is produced by Winterhalter’s British subsidiary Classeq and it has already attracted significant interest from larger sites that could see the benefits in terms of efficiencies and savings.
Sales director Nick Burridge explained: “If you just put the empty bottles in a standard glasswash rack, the jet of the glasswasher is never going to get inside the bottle because the neck is so narrow, so you can never guarantee that the inside of it is washed. This is the only system on the market that will sterilise the inside of the bottle.”
Users simply need to invert the bottles and place within the sterilisation section, where a liquid is propelled into the bottle eradicating microbial organisms on internal surfaces not achieved by washing alone, thereby completely removing all traces of any bacteria before re-filling them.
The product comes in both a free-standing and under-counter format and fits into any standard kitchen design.
The free-standing version can fill six bottles a minute – 360 an hour – and the under-counter system can deliver 100 bottles an hour.
Burridge said the company designed the system after feedback from the growing number of hospitality firms that are using freshly filtered water as an alternative to single-use plastics.
He said: “It is very difficult to get people to wash the bottles in the first place. So we just wanted to create something that is simple and convenient as opposed to putting them in a glasswasher and then having to let them cool down before refilling them with the chilled water.”