ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Roper’s Restaurant, a cowboy themed restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M. has replaced its water softener with the computerized, electronic, water conditioner Scalewatcher from Scalewatcher North America, according to a press release.

By installing Scalewatcher, the restaurant has avoided paying the $500 quoted for replacement media for its old water softener and also saved hundreds of dollars a year in salt and water thereby providing Roper’s with a short-term payback on the unit, stated the release.

Roper’s Restaurant, part of Outwest Eateries LLC dba, is located in a hard water area. This necessitated Bryce Chant, owner of Roper’s Restaurant using a water softener to prevent scale formation in the kitchen. 

“When I was given the price to repair our old water softener, I decided to install the Scalewatcher from Advance Plumbing,” said Bryce Chant of Roper’s Restaurant. “We have had great success with it. Even though we had a water softener, we still had hard water scale and a white ‘film’ in the dishwasher. Now with Scalewatcher that scale and ‘film’ has disappeared.”

The average restaurant consumes 5,800 gallons of water daily, with 50 percent being used in the kitchen, noted the release.

If not properly treated, hard water can drain a restaurant’s bottom line due to the early renewal of capital equipment such as water heaters, boilers, coffee makers, dishwashers, steamers and other water-fed equipment. 

Hard water contains calcium carbonate that adheres to heating elements and the internal surfaces causing scale buildup that impairs efficiency.