The Right stuff for NC House Bill 845
Meeting the requirements of NC House Bill 845.
The intention of NC House Bill 845 – known as the North Carolina Healthy Schools Act for 2017 – is clear: improve the health of students by replacing conventional cleaning products with safer, “green” alternatives. If your school is looking at compliance with this ruling for the 2017-2018 school year, then take a closer look at stabilized aqueous ozone from The eWater System.
The eWater system, which includes lifetime warranty & support and unlimited online training for your staff, provides cleaning without chemicals using safe, natural and effective stabilized aqueous ozone (SAO). The patented technology of the SAO system transforms ordinary tap water into the world’s most effective chemical-free commercial cleaner. It eliminates germs, odors, stains, mold, mildew and other contaminants on any item or surface before changing safely back into water and oxygen. Better for your students & workers, better for your facility, better for your bottom line. Hear a facilities manager talk about the value of this technology.
SAO ewater is a rare example of when the right thing to do is also the economically smart thing to do. Benefits include:
- single solution replaces multiple cleaning products
- no health risks for staff – no related worker comp claims
- storage and management simplified
- ready-to-use product means cleaning gets done faster
- lack of residue means surfaces stay cleaner longer
- no packaging waste, no container disposal
- simplified training and no PPE required for staff
- compliant with the intent of NC House Bill 845
- a FREE, NO OBLIGATION TRIAL TO PROVE IT WILL WORK FOR YOUR SCHOOL
The eWater® System represents science & technology that belongs in your school! You will benefit from highlighting the sustainability value of ozone ewater to students, and the safety factor to concerned parents. It’s worth a few minutes of your time to check it out — ewateradvantage.com/education
THE VALUE OF SAO EWATER TO SCHOOLS
Schools have become the cornerstone of the sustainability movement in North America. Groups like AASHE and Second Nature are leading the charge to ensure that school campuses – primarily higher ed – are doing all they can to teach & deliver responsible management of natural resources. From divesting investments in fossil fuel production, to installing solar panels, to managing how trash is disposed of, schools face myriad ways to make an impact.
With much tighter operating budgets even public school systems are getting into the act, both in the classroom and in practical ways where the safety and well-being of students remains a top priority. By removing harsh and potentially hazardous chemicals schools can make a direct and lasting impact on building – and therefore student & staff – health.
SAO ewater solutions deliver the needed value — effective cleaning and safer buildings. SAO ewater is so safe that even students and teachers can be given the product when cleaning up! Try that with your conventional packaged chemicals. As one school housekeeping director said:
“If you’d have told me ten years ago that we’d stop using cleaning chemicals and be using “water” to clean – I’d have laughed at you. It makes no sense to people that this kind of chemical-free water could be an effective cleaner. All I can tell you is – it works, we love it – and we’re not going back to chemicals.” — Jodi Krause, University of Wisconsin-Madison
eWater solutions work — if you’ve not tried it yet, you’re missing out.
8 building blocks of a successful sustainability strategy
- Understand your power as a purchaser — every purchase creates an opportunity to support better, healthier ways of delivering cleaning — voting with your dollars as it were. Choose to take seriously your opportunity and your obligation to look for more sustainable ways to maintain your facility. Innovation happens — even to something as “routine” as cleaning — so support it!
- Instead of focusing on being clean, focus on health and safety — if you do, the appearance factor of cleaning will take care of itself. For a facility to be truly clean it must encompass the health & safety of building occupants. If you take that into consideration, while still ensuring you are properly cleaning, you’ll end up with the right result.
- Reduce your overall volume of consumption. This sounds obvious, but really paying attention to the amount of paper towels, chemicals or energy you’re using can be eye-opening. Learn to be more efficient and choose more efficient products or materials. Sometimes choosing cheap paper towels or products results in more being used which ends up costing and wasting more.
- Have a thorough written policy to make clear your commitment to better practices for a safer workplace and healthier planet. Writing it out forces you to be organized with your plan and it creates the accountability you’ll need to make it become a reality. Developing a written policy will require the input of others, which builds support for your plan.
- Engage your stakeholders. When setting out to implement a green cleaning plan don’t go it alone — it’s hard to take that hill by yourself. You need the support of influential people in each department that’s impacted. Call them your “green team” (or something more inspired!), share your passion and start a movement! (Have you seen this TED talk?)
- Empower your cleaning staff with education. Since labor accounts for 60-70% of your costs, invest in your team to ensure they know how to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. A great example is engineered water technology — helping staff understand that ewater is an effective cleaner, even though it makes no suds and has no scent, is crucial for successful adoption.
- Measure for progress. You know the saying – what you can’t measure, you can’t manage – so you need ways of measuring your processes and improvements. Trying to be responsible with water? Track consumption data. Monitoring surface cleanliness? Try ATP testing and record the results. Wondering about “green” attitudes at your company? Use surveys and track the trends.
- Embrace continuous improvement. Recognize that there is no fully achieving a sustainability plan. Every day technologies and methods improve and you’ll need to embrace that, not be frustrated by it. Innovation even happens in the cleaning industry with new on-site technologies changing the face of cleaning and impacting health and safety for people and the planet.
Thanks to Steve Ashkin of The Ashkin Group for this wisdom, which was presented during an event sponsored by eWater.
Welcoming Park and Market Apartments
eWater is pleased to welcome Park and Market Apartments of Raleigh, NC, to the world of cleaning with aqueous ozone ewater! Ashley Hawkins, Community Manager of the complex, providing the following comments on working with the ewater.
What caused you to want to start working with aqueous ozone solutions from eWater Advantage?
“The main reason was to find cost savings in our cleaning expense. But also, out of curiosity that the product would actually work.”
What was your first reaction to the idea that your own tap water could be turned into a cleaner without chemicals?
“I would certainly say that we were skeptical. We had no idea how it could work, and even after watching the videos, were still a little unsure. But after testing the product, our opinions became very positive.”
What have you found to be the most surprising capability or benefit of the ewater?
“Aside from the cost savings, I’d say not having to worry about how the chemicals will affect our team and residents is fantastic.”
When did you first realize that ewater really works?
“I’d say the first time we used it to clean our guest suite. We got to see it work on so many different surfaces and in different areas.”
What are the various ways you’ve been using ewater?
“Hallway carpets, bathrooms, gym equipment, counters, desks and all other areas of our leasing office and common areas.”
What has been the reaction from your staff in no longer having to use potentially harmful chemicals?
“It’s certainly been a positive reaction … they love how much better it is on their hands and skin.”
Has the eWater Advantage team been responsive to your needs?
“The team has been wonderful! I love that they consistently check in and like to speak with our housekeepers since they are the ones using the product the most.”
If you could say something to another business considering using aqueous ozone water what would you tell them?
“Your skepticism is understandable, but you’ll quickly change your mind!”
Thanks, Ashley! We look forward to working with you!
Yes! We do carpets!
Cold ozone ewater in a powered carpet extractor may equal the cleanest carpets ever, for two very good reasons.
- Cold ozone does a great job loosening dirt and debris allowing it to be drawn out, along with any left over shampoo residue from a prior cleaning, and
- Unlike conventional carpet shampoos, cold ozone ewater leaves no residue behind, and since it is chemical residue that attracts and traps dirt, carpets cleaned with ewater stay cleaner.
Here’s a quote from one of our customers who recently began using The eWater System for all their carpet maintenance. They went into the carpet cleaning skeptical, but came out with this:
“We have found the ewater to be not only an excellent all-purpose cleaner, but a terrific alternative to carpet shampoos. We had a particularly tough, set-in stain in a neutral-colored carpet and using just the cold ewater in a rented carpet extractor, the stain came right out! I was surprised to see it work so well. We are now using the ewater when we clean carpets throughout the building. We are excited to be able to extend the life of our carpet with the cost-effective, routine use of the ewater system.” — Laura Witter, Facilities Manager
Here’s some proof — the removal of an old stain that was believed to be coffee:
Create that sustainability plan
Sorting through all the options for undertaking a sustainability plan causes may organizations to give up – except for perhaps a couple of obvious steps like light bulbs and recycling bins. If you’re looking to do something more than that and need some help with the hard part — which is getting started with a good plan — you might appreciate this great TED talk about how to solve problems. Let it speak to you!
Here’s the link to the talk on TED if you’d like to visit.
The recognition of aqueous ozone ewater
Recognition of the value of aqueous ozone ewater is steadily increasing. Starting decades ago with the treatment of drinking water and swimming pools, the use of ozone ewater spread to food processing facilities, and nowadays it is finding its place in the world of general custodial care.
Universities, business campuses, restaurants, high schools, entertainment sites and more are all turning to ewater as way to clean without chemicals. But it’s not just for the sake of eliminating chemicals. It’s also because of the anti-microbial value of ozone to help control unwanted germs and microorganisms. Faced with the prospect of having to use far too much chemical-based disinfectant, many of which present health risks of their own, conscientious facilities managers are incorporating ozone ewater to minimize the requirement of harsh disinfectants.
Consider this recent story from Corrections.com that highlights the need for microbial control and the promise of aqueous ozone ewater for prisons. Here’s an excerpt:
For many correctional administrators, the way to address infections that are spread via contaminated surfaces is to step up the use of EPA-registered disinfectants. “EPA-registered” means the disinfectant has been tested and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, this alone will not address the problem. Read more…
The opportunity of ozone ewater is that, when used according to directions, cleaning can be undertaken with a persistent sanitizing effect – and done so without any risk to people or property. When ozone ewater is used sanitizing is extended to surfaces that are not normally disinfected. This reduces the need for chemical disinfectants and can, at minimum, limit their use to areas like bathroom fixtures.
After all, why trade one problem – harmful microorganisms – for a different problem – the overuse of chemicals linked to many types of health risks? Ozone ewater presents an opportunity to do more with less.
Need help with your “green cleaning” plan?
Here’s how to start a movement!
OK – this is a little bit of humor, but mixed in is a whole bunch of truth. It may not help you directly with your efforts to push more “green” policies at your company, but it’s very useful in understanding that people like to get involved in something that is gaining momentum. Enjoy… and learn. And after the video, here’s an earlier post that will help with your efforts.
Here’s the link to TED.
KILROY CLEANS WITH AQUEOUS OZONE
Here’s another great example of the importance of aqueous ozone ewater and the kinds of companies that are adopting it for reasons of health, sustainability and cost-reduction.
Kilroy Realty Corporation is a west-coast commercial real estate firm that has served a range of dynamic industries for over 65 years. Their premium commercial properties total more than 14 million square feet from Seattle to San Diego. Kilroy recently adopted aqueous ozone technology at some of their properties and has this to say about it …
“11 buildings in San Diego eliminated the need of most cleaning chemicals, replacing them with aqueous ozone for all janitorial services, both day and night crews. This has resulted in an annual cost savings of $21,600 and a healthier environment for both janitors and tenants.” Here’s the source.
Congratulations, Kilroy, for the leadership you’re showing — not just talking about sustainability, but doing practical things that make a difference.
All-stars enjoy the benefits of aqueous ozone ewater
The 2016 MLB All-star game was played at the popular, Petco Park, in San Diego, California, to the enjoyment of millions.
While players and fans alike saw a great game in a beautiful setting, what they didn’t see is one thing that makes Petco Park a special place — that aqueous ozone (what we call ozone ewater) is used to keep the entire facility clean and sanitary. What’s special about ozone ewater? It cleans without chemicals, eliminating the potential hazards and lingering impacts of chemical-based cleaners. Better for the athletes, the fans and the dedicated staff at Petco Park… and better for the environment. Watch the video to learn how the ozone ewater is used at the venue…