A new, smart, but simple cleaning system is having a significant impact on the sustainability of some of Australia’s most iconic buildings.

Developers and architects of hospitals, aged and child care facilities, government infrastructure, educational facilities and restaurants are discovering the benefits that come from specifying electrolysed water as part of a product kitchen design and as a general on-site cleaning and sanitising system.

Using only tap water, electricity and table salt, eWater Systems are able to produce effective sanitising and cleansing solutions that are more economical, sustainable and safer than other packaged chemical alternatives.

By using electrolysis – a similar principal used in salt water pools – eWater produces solutions that can reduce the cost of traditional cleaning and sanitising chemicals by 70%.

Research has shown eWater solutions are effective against major bacteria including listeria, salmonella, e-Coli, staph as well as viruses and moulds.

Benchmarking and life cycle analysis undertaken by RMIT showed that eWater clearly outperformed other packaged cleaners tested on environmental factors including energy usage, waste generation, toxicity of constituents and environment ecology.

It is well recognised that traditional packaged chemical cleaners present health and environmental concerns, but as eWater Systems are an on-site facility for producing cleansers and sanitisers, resources needed to manufacture, package, ship and store traditional cleansers are eradicated.

Risks associated with handling caustic and other packaged chemicals as well as the need for disposal of harmful toxins into waterways is also eliminated.

Many of Australia’s leading aged and health care facilities, government buildings, entertainment venues and top restaurants are already using eWater Systems.

These include the Royal Children’s Hospital, Austin Health, Monash Health, Melbourne Grammar, Melbourne and Brisbane Convention Centres, as well as many schools, TAFE colleges, aged and child care centres around Australia.

Restaurateur Shannon Bennett is using the eWater system throughout his restaurant group and believes it makes sense in so many ways.

 “It has proven to be highly effective and it does not taint the taste of food. It’s not wasteful. By literally producing our cleaners and sanitisers on site, the need for packaging, transportation and production of emissions usually associated with chemicals is virtually eliminated.”

Executive chef at Epicure at the MCG Peter Haycroft says, "Our eWater System is safer to use than chemicals, and it directly addresses the social, environmental and financial issues that face our generation."

Extending the shelf life of fresh products is a big part of the sustainable ethos behind eWater Systems. Food items ranging from seafood and meat to fruits and vegetables can be washed in the electrolysed acidic water before rinsing with water and either serving or storing for later use.

Queensland Childcare Service general manager Jacky Purcell says the reason they chose eWater was because it’s effective, safe near children and it helps prevent allergies and asthma.