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June 2020

5 Waterwise Hygienic Quick Wins For The Office

Written by Bakang Kganyago
Environment and Green Hygiene

Water and sanitation are a critical part of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. With people and businesses making use of significantly increased amounts of water it’s no surprise that our dam levels have taken strain. It has recently been reported by Rand Water that Vaal Dam level dropped to 48% last week, compared to the same time last year when the dam was 70% full.

With that in mind we have decided to put together a list of 5 waterwise hygienic quick wins for your business/office.

1. Deep Cleaning and Anti-bacterial Fogging treatment:

Deep cleaning is a service delivered by Initial’s hygiene experts to sanitise toilets, bathroom fixtures, and surfaces while also eliminating persistent odour problems. Antibacterial fogging - offered free of charge to our deep cleaning customers - is an extremely effective, waterwise service that uses a fine disinfectant mist (and thus virtually no water) to disinfect large bathroom spaces. And in addition, the preparation used by our technicians requires minimal rinsing after the treatment.

Initial employee deep clean fogging bathroom

2. Hand Sanitisers:

Did you know that hand washing with the tap open uses 6L of water in 1 min - which amounts to a wastage of 660 litres of drinking water by one person in 11 months. Limit your water usage by wetting your hands, closing the tap, washing your hands with soap and rinsing in the shortest time possible. If you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water due to a water shortage, we recommend using waterless hand sanitiser as an alternative to hand washing.

Hand sanitiser when water is in shortage

3. Eco cap urinal solution:

An eco cap is a plastic cap inserted over the drain in a urinal that helps break down uric acid, salts, and scale to prevent build up on urinals. Additionally, it helps prevent foreign objects from falling into the urinal that usually cause blockages. With an eco cap installed, urinals only need to be flushed twice a day: morning and afternoon, thus saving quite a lot on water usage. According to Waterless.com it is estimated that in an office with little over 20 people using the urinal 3 times a day, a single urinal can use anywhere from 75,000 to 170,000 liters of water each year.

4. Toilet Paper Disposal Bin:

Simply providing a compact toilet paper disposal bin in the bathroom stalls helps prevent people from flushing used toilet paper in toilets thus preventing extra flushing. According to home-water-works.org toilets made after the year 1994 use around 5 liters of water per flush, now imagine the amount of liters of water being wasted on flushing paper that could have been thrown away instead.

Initial hygiene waste disposal services

5. Install autoflush urinal:

Another water saving solution is to install urinals that have an auto flush function that works on a timed system as opposed to people flushing after every use. This coupled with the eco-cap solution we mentioned earlier will insure less water is used while still maintaining good hygiene standards.

Here’s a quick bonus list for those working from home and wishing to save water:
  1. Use waterless surface cleaners (some sanitisers double as good surface cleaners)
  2. When you are facing a water shortage and you can't wash your hands with soap and water, you can use hand sanitisers as an alternative.
  3. Shower less often - or for far shorter -  while still using deo and wet wipes
  4. Collect grey water which can be used to wash floors and rinse and recycle
  5. Use water poured into a cup when brushing teeth instead of running water

Saving water is a joint effort and it is therefore important that systems are put in place and that employees are well aware of their role in saving water.

If you wish to help fight the drought and help those that might be in need visit the Water Warrior site. It is a registered non profit organization whose sole purpose is to collect water from the public and businesses through donations and distribute it to areas in need.

I hope this will help you stay hygienic while saving water. Please share your water saving ideas that we haven’t mentioned above on our Facebook page.

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Bakang Kganyago

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang is a Digital Marketing Executive for Rentokil Initial. A germaphobe at heart, he's passionate about learning and sharing insights on how to defeat the enemy we cannot see. Join his journey as he writes about the impact of germs in our daily lives.

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