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A cleaner way to clean

By Dale Johnson Posted: April 30, 2015 9:30 a.m.

 Kevin Gallant (left, rear) and Annie Corpuz (front, right) with Facilities Management use ozonated water instead of chemicals to keep the University clean.
Kevin Gallant (left, rear) and Annie Corpuz (front, right) with Facilities Management use ozonated water instead of chemicals to keep the University clean. U of R Photography

The University of Regina is using a new method of keeping the campus clean.

By taking ordinary tap water and infusing it with electricity, the result is a chemical-free cleaner and sanitizer.  

It’s called Lotus Pro®, and this cleaning system is used at other universities in Canada and the United States, as well as hotels, hospitals and airports.

Already the results are apparent at the University of Regina.

“Custodial staff with skin allergies have reported that their problematic skin conditions have cleared,” explains Elaine Groenendyk, Manager of Custodial Services with Facilities Management at the University of Regina.

The product is virtually odorless. Chemicals leave a residue, but this product doesn’t – so fewer slips and falls are predicted.

“There is no waste to this product. Any remaining product can be poured down the drain and there is no impact on the environment. The ozonated water continues to provide cleaning to the pipes as well. Water is placed in buckets to soak equipment so that it can clean and refresh mop heads, buffer pads and cleaning cloths providing longer lasting equipment,” says Groenendyk.

The new approach is a collaborative effort that includes input from the Biology Department, Human Resources, Facilities Management, and custodial teams.

This new cleaning process is being recognized at this year’s Best Practices in Collaboration in Education for Sustainable Development Forum, being held in Saskatoon on May 6.

The Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development Saskatchewan (RCE Saskatchewan) Recognition Program celebrates innovative projects, research, and other activities promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the prairie region. This year will be the seventh annual ESD Recognition Event.

This new cleaning approach fits in very well with the University of Regina’s Strategic Plan, peyak aski kikqawinaw - “We are one with Mother Earth.”  There is recognition in the Strategic Plan of the importance of promoting a healthy environment: “At the University of Regina sustainability is deeply rooted in social justice and is taken to encompass economic, cultural, social and environmental sustainability.”