In a no- or low-rainfall situation, when drought hits hard or when water is simply in short supply, suddenly two hundred years of hard-won lessons in maintaining personal and collective hygiene goes, more or less, out the window. Rather than using water as basis for keeping hands, utensils, equipment and spaces clean, other ways have to be found. We explore some options.
Hygiene is everyone’s problem – and not engaging with it is certain to lead to very significant health issues. So, just because water is now to be kept for nothing but drinking doesn’t mean we can afford to skimp on hygiene – in fact, it requires more rather than less attention. In this regard, we would usually have to revert to things like wet-wipes and pre-packaged cleaning options.
There are some generally applicable solutions, but there are also outfits out in the marketplace whose sole focus is on hygiene and whose products, in water-stressed times, come into their own. Initial is one of these, being a leading specialist in providing hygiene services for workplaces and washroom areas in shops, offices, factories, hotels and leisure facilities.
Their services include sanitary dressing disposal, air fresheners, hand sanitisers and ablution hygiene treatments. Both their Signature and Reflection range of washroom products are exclusive to Initial, Signature having won the prestigious Red Dot award for product design excellence in 2014. Initial also offers workplace hygiene solutions such as floor mat rentals, IT hygiene services, biological dosing for grease traps and CaterClean, an industrial kitchen deep-cleaning service, all designed to minimise the risk of cross-infection in the workplace.
Avoiding Day Zero
Obviously, any company wants to be seen to be doing the right thing. Initial feel the same way and say they are offering their products to a wider range of customers, along with ‘avoiding Day Zero advice’ in order to reduce water usage and help stave off the dreaded day when the water pipes are empty in the greater Cape Town area.
So what,exactly , do they have to offer?
• Hand Sanitisers – Hand washing with the tap open uses 6l of water in one minute. That’s a litre every 10 seconds. Hard to believe perhaps but true. How about, then, a waterless hand sanitiser spray instead of soap to ensure that you continue to prevent cross-contamination without the use of water. Initial offer some options, including their Signature unit or Betasan sanitiser stand, or individual 500ml foam hand sanitiser bottles.
• Hygiene with Antibacterial Fogging – Deep cleaning using a high-pressure hose can use 50-75l of water in just five minutes. Initial’s Ablution Hygiene Treatment requires minimal water due to the use of bio-enzyme preparations, and antibacterial fogging uses virtually no water to disinfect large bathroom spaces. Antibacterial Fogging will be offered to all this company’s customers free of charge during the Cape water crisis.
• eco Cap – Installing Eco Cap in urinals means they only need to be flushed twice a day: morning and afternoon. This could save up to 3000% (on a building with 20 male users) on urinal water usage. Eco Cap contains odour and bacteria neutralising bio-enzymes.
• toilet Paper disposal Bin – Prolong intervals between flushing by disposing of urine-soaked toilet paper in a compact disposer bin. Initial will dispose of paper hygienically and in line with government waste regulations.
• eco Clear Spray – Eco Clear Spray is a bio-enzyme cleaner which is safe for all surfaces, neutralises odour and kills bacteria, without needing additional water for wiping.
• No Flush Spray – Prolong intervals between flushing by spray No Flush into the toilet bowl after urination to neutralise odours while bio-enzymes break down uric acid and the water goes blue.
Initial says it as concerned as any citizen about the effects of running out of water in a major metropolitan area – or anywhere, for that matter. The company says it has committed itself to helping individuals and businesses see out the current water crisis without compromising on essential hygiene.
For more info contact Initial on 0800 77 77 88 or www.initial.co.za