When professional crews implement procedures to flush fire hydrants, everyone who uses the community’s local water supply in a restaurant benefits. This is possible because the hydrant flushing process removes iron, which is a harsh substance that contaminates food and drinks, produces stains, and harms plumbing systems.
Iron Harms Food and Beverages
After iron contaminates water that flows to faucets in restaurants, soups, stews, and other foods that are cooked with the contaminated water will have an odd taste. Also, since iron has a very strong flavor that’s unpleasant, it can overpower beverages that are made with tap water, such as tea and coffee.
If a water supply is severely contaminated, a chef may not be able to serve any food that requires vegetables to consumers. The big problem is that iron will soak into the veggies throughout the cooking process. Then, as heat increases the temperature of the vegetables, they’re outer portion will blacken, and the burnt areas will give the food an unappealing taste.
Iron Generates Stains
Besides food preparation problems, iron can also impact routines that are done after dishes are served. For example, if enough iron contaminates water to travels to sinks in a restaurant, many dishes will stain as they’re washed. Also, if the crew that washes the dishes touches their clothing, the fabrics will stain as well.