Sustainable Sanitation at Roosevelt: Electrically Activated Water Technologies

We as the Roosevelt University community have a strong consideration for practicing sustainability efforts in our daily lives. This includes being conscientious of the water we use, of what we throw away, of how much energy we consume, and other ways we can make “greener” choices. However, not many of us think about being sustainable with what we use to disinfect our surroundings.hydris

Sanitizing public areas, especially in educational institutions, is extremely important for eliminating the spread of harmful microorganisms. Epidemics like H1N1 (the flu) have made us more aware of the significant role that disinfecting communal spaces has. Diseases and viruses would spread without the cleaning mechanisms we use. However, the major drawback of using disinfectants is their high levels of toxicity and harmful chemical makeups. Though cleaning keeps us free from illnesses, humans should not be exposed to disinfectants as often as we are. Fortunately, Roosevelt University has recently adopted a strategy that cleans surfaces and eliminates harmful microorganisms in a safe way.

Electrically Activated Water Technologies is a way of disinfecting areas without using harsh toxins, but by simply using different water technologies. The Hydris is an on-site generation cleaning system that refills cleaning products on the spot. This means no shipping, shipping materials, or storage space is required for cleaning products because it is an all-in-one system. The Hydris mixes salt tablets and tap water in its three-chambered electrolytic cell system to produce three different cleaning products. These products include a single-step disinfector, an all- purpose sanitizer and glass cleaner, and a daily floor cleaner. This system will revolutionize our green cleaning future by eliminating the majority of green cleaning products we previously used at both campuses.

For more information about the Hydris System contact Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator, at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.

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