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April 2018

How to think waterwise and flush less

Written by Nicole Horne
Environment and Green Hygiene

With the water crisis very much still on the minds of Capetonians (and indeed on many other South Africans), there is ever-increasing pressure to save as much water as possible. Western Cape citizens have been urged to adhere to the 50 litres of water usage per day, which if you think about it, isn’t a lot of of water at all!

In a previous blog, “To flush or not to flush? Is that the question?”, we talked about flushing the toilet versus not flushing. While there are pros and cons of each, when faced with a water crises we have to adopt a water-efficient mindset.

We’ve put together a few eco-friendly ideas on services that can be implemented to save water, specifically when looking at toilet and urinal hygiene.

...I’m not flushing the toilet, so what now? What about odour?

Flushing the toilet takes up to 9 litres of water, so if you think about it - if you are a Western Cape citizen - that’s a fifth of your recommended water usage! But if we apply this rule “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down”, we can save a lot of water.

Of course, no one wants to walk into a cubicle containing a a smelly and unappealing toilet bowl, However, you needn't worry about that as we have the perfect solution for this; Initial’s No Flush Spray. The spray extends the period between flushes by dying the water blue. It is sprayed directly into the toilet bowl after urinating. The bio-enzymes in the No Flush Spray break down uric acid, thus neutralising odours, The spray also contains a pleasant lemongrass scent. What’s best of all is that it’s environmentally friendly too!

You may be wondering what you are going to do with the used toilet paper; good question! Initial provides a toilet paper disposal bin into which you can dispose your toilet paper, thus preventing a plumbing disaster. We’ll collect and hygienically dispose of this in line with a government waste regulations.

… What about flushing urinals?

By implementing an Eco Cap solution urinals only need to be flushed twice daily. In fact, in a building containing 20 male users, this can save 3000% on urinal water usage! Like the No Flush Spray, the Eco Cap contains odour neutralising bio-enzymes which break down uric acid, ensuring pleasant smelling bathroom facilities.

Along with these products, Initial also provides an Eco Spray. This all-purpose cleaner can be used at the end of each day, only requiring a wipe-down after application. This eliminates the necessity for cleaning products that requires a large amount of water to rinse away the residue.

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Check out our blog, The dangers of harsh chemicals, and why we clean with bacteria to find out which chemicals you want to avoid. 

Other water saving services

Initial also provides hand sanitiser solutions that can be used in place of washing hands with soap and water that can save almost 700 liters per person per annum!

Advanced Deep cleaning services require minimal water by using safe, patented, and biodegradable bio-enzyme preparations versus traditional bathroom cleaning products. Along with this service, Antibacterial fogging is offered, providing tiny droplets of specialist disinfectant that covers every inch of your bathroom surfaces in areas that are out of reach of your daily cleaner.

Find out How to save more grey water [in your office and home] for some more great insights. 

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Nicole Horne

Nicole Horne

Nicole is a Digital Marketing Executive at Rentokil Initial Hygiene in Johannesburg. A self-proclaimed germaphobe, her love for hygienic environments and curiosity of all things “beneath the surface” fuels her enthusiasm for writing about the impact of germs in the workplace. She is passionate about creating awareness and sharing her knowledge on the impact of good hygiene practices. Follow Nicole on Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on the the good, the bad and the germy.

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