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How to set up water in your Coffee Cart or Food Van

Setting up the plumbing in your coffee cart or food cart.

Councils across Australia have a variety of requirements but most of them want you to have running hot water in your coffee cart. Please check the specific requirements for your area.

Your set up will need the following:

  • A water tank
  • Food grade piping
  • A pump (either 240V or 12V)
  • An accumulator tank
  • A hot water heater

STEP 1: You will need a water tank or water supply vessell. 

If you don’t have access to a tap then the easiest way to have water is to have a tank or a bladder of water. If your space is limited you may want to consider the Plastimo bladders which come in a range of sizes from 50 to 200 litres and are form fitting so they can squeeze in anywhere. These are available in our sister store Escaping Outdoors. Another popular choice are rigid poly tanks which also come in a range of sizes to suit all coffee cart and food vans and available in our sister store Escaping Outdoors. 

Step 2: You will require food grade hose

When setting up water for you coffee cart pump you will need a food grade hose preferably with a screen filter to run from your water supply to your coffee cart pump. Make sure the hose is reinforced so it does not squash flat as the pump runs.

Step 3: Choose a coffee cart water pump

Choose a small pressure pump for your coffee cart pump that will automatically go on and off when you use the tap. If you have access to mains power the most popular coffee cart pump is the Escaping Outdoors FL43. If not, then the pump of choice is the 12V Jabsco J20 102 supplying 10.9 litre per minute. Either pump is suitable as a coffee cart pump or food van pump and can suck water 2 metres up from the water supply, so mounting it above the tank is no problem.

Step 4: Buy an accumulator tank (pressure tank)

This only applies if you are installing the 240V pump which is the most popular set-up. Extend the life of the coffee cart water pump and your coffee machine and supply constant pressure to your machine by adding a small accumulator tank after the pump. The pump will then fill the tank with water and when you open the tap, the bladder in the tank will push out the pressurized water.

This way the pump runs less frequently and you don’t run the risk of burning out the pressure switch on the pump. It will also protect your coffee machine from water surges. The 12 Volt pump already has this function built in.

This set up will run from 1 to 4 outlets in a standard van.

Step 5: Hot water for your coffee cart

Health regulations throughout councils across Australia require food handling coffee carts and food vans to have a water supply to wash their hands and often require the water to be heated. Check your coucil requirements. Water Pumps Now sell compact electric hot water heaters to fit into a small space which are perfect for this application.

Step 6: We're here to help - Give us a Call

Water Pumps Now stock all the parts and accessories necessary for your plumbing set up for your coffee cart so if you would like to speak to a specialist in this area or if you are having issues with your current set-up, give us a call and have a chat to Paul on 1300 411 366 or contact us at Water Pumps Now.