The pressure on primary schools to get their kitchens ready for the introduction of the Universal Infant Free School Meals programme in September has been well-documented, but it isn’t just new ovens and fridges they need to think about.
Water treatment specialists are eager to point out that dealers helping schools with their kitchen improvements need to remember to include key water treatment products such as drain flow waste pumps, water softeners and CTUs in their plans.
Dan Twiss, commercial sales manager at European Water Care, said that with many primary schools intending to install or upgrade their kitchen facilities over the summer, buyers needed to be made aware of products that can be fitted to combi ovens and dishwashers, for instance, to facilitate the flow of waste water and lengthen the lifecycle of commercial kitchen equipment.
He said: “The advice given is that upgrading can be a viable option for any school having an uptake of 100 meals per day or more. There will be problems in updating or installing equipment such as ovens and the need to make sure that all the services required for them are accessible.
“Water and electric can be dealt with relatively ease, but the problem of waste water drainage in older and non-purpose-built areas can prove difficult and costly, as well as greatly restrict where the new ovens can be sited.”
Twiss added that in situations where there is no direct drain access available, for example, the deployment of one of its DPS drain flow pumps would be a potential solution.
“This is the only pump specifically designed for the transportation of waste water from ovens, pumping water to a three-metre head, up to a temperature of 96°C, at a capacity of up to 11 litres per minute,” he said.