Save WaterIf you need a lot of ice, you are inevitably going to need a lot of water. With this in mind, we did some research to find out which ice machines are the most conservative in their water consumption. This article will be helpful for those that have high end ice needs (around 1,000 pounds per day) and are looking to cut costs where they can. Doing a bit of research, we looked at three cube producing ice machines that create around 1,000 pounds of ice per day. The ice machines assessed were the Scotsman C1030MA, the Manitowoc ID-1002A, and the Ice-O-Matic ICE1006A. What we found was an ice machine that will consume tens – possibly even hundreds – of thousands of gallons less than the others.

All of these ice machines create around 1,000 pounds of ice per day. These ice machines may be used in large nightclubs like those found in New York City, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas, or in large bars and casinos. We assumed that these venues would create and use around 5,000 pounds of ice per week, as some days are busier than others and may not require as much ice to be produced. We looked at the daily, yearly, five year, and ten year water usages of these three ice machines, and noticed that the Prodigy ice machine, the Scotsman 1030MA, may end up saving your business hundreds to thousands of dollars over its lifetime.

The Scotsman 1030MA consumes 184 gallons per 1,000 pounds of ice created. Manitowoc’s ID-1002A consumes 198 gallons of water for every 1,000 pounds of ice it creates, and Ice-O-Matic’s ICE1006A uses 227 gallons of water to create 1,000 pounds of ice. These values may not seem that far apart. Only 43 gallons separates the ICE1006A from the Scotsman 1030MA, but over time these numbers add up quickly. Over a year at this rate, the Scotsman C1030MA uses nearly 12,000 gallons less than the ICE1006A from Ice-O-Matic. While water rates vary across the country, it doesn’t take an accountant to realize that saving water equates to saving money.

Those numbers simply show one year of ice production and the savings that can be expected with the Scotsman 1030MA. Over a five year period, the C1030MA will use almost 60,000 gallons less – and this is generally half to a third of your ice machine’s life expectancy. A good, well-maintained ice machine can last up to 15 years if cared for properly, and if you’re looking to save money, start by conserving over 100,000 gallons of water over the lifetime of your ice machine.


Scotsman Prodigy ice machines are extra conservative when it comes to consumption of both water and electricity. Their frugal use of resources is what makes their value increase even further over time. You might expect an ice machine that creates ice using less water and electricity to lack in production a bit, but that is far from the truth. The Scotsman C1030MA has the highest maximum daily output of all these ice machines, with the ability to produce up to 1,077 pounds of ice in ideal conditions. Manitowoc’s and Ice-O-Matic’s ice machines produce 990 and 1,010 pounds of ice per day respectively. All of these ice machines are Energy Star qualified, but the C1030MA far exceeds Energy Star specifications.

Scotsman C1030MA Energy Star Ice MachineScotsman’s passion for water conservation goes beyond creating a quality ice machine. They have also partnered with the Women for Water organization, providing water and educational opportunities for women around the world. You can read more about Scotsman and the Women for Water Campaign by following the link. The C1030MA from Scotsman is a great choice if you have higher end ice requirements, and don’t want to see an incredible rise in cost of ownership. All of Scotsman’s Prodigy ice machines show comparable savings with regards to water and electricity as well, so if you’re in the business of saving money, consider a Scotsman ice machine from Ice Machines Plus.