News from Kamloops

July 17, 2012

City Introduces Chemical Free Cleaning Technology

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops currently uses about 6,000 litres of cleaning chemicals per year to clean its many buildings, facilities and vehicles. Recognizing the potential impact of these chemicals on the environment, the Sustainability Department saw an opportunity to start replacing these chemicals with alternative products or technologies. After extensive research, consultation with various City departments and a thorough bid process, the City identified the Lotus Pro product to start replacing these chemicals.

The Lotus Pro device uses electrical energy to create ozone from the air we breathe. This ozone is water soluble and is infused into tap water, creating liquefied ozone. Liquefied ozone is much safer than gaseous ozone and unlike many chemicals, it produces no emitted gases also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

This new technology will replace up to 70% of the current cleaning chemical products used by the City including:

Various City departments including Parks, Fire and Building Maintenance plan on using this new technology to clean everything from windows, mirrors, counters, floors, appliances, bathrooms, vehicles, carpets and fabric. The technology has been proven to kill viruses, bacteria including E.coli, salmonella, MRSA, C-difficile, and hundreds of other common germs. It removes stains and odours and is 3000 times faster and much stronger than chlorine bleach and chlorine-based cleaners. However, it is non-toxic to people and our environment. It reverts to water and oxygen after cleaning and sanitizing, and is 100% chemical-free, leaving no residual vapours or chemicals.

In addition to its environmental benefits, this new technology will allow the City to continue using all of its existing equipment from floor scrubbers, hand held sprayers, mops and buckets, resulting in cost savings. It will also provide the City with an opportunity to reduce its cleaning costs and eliminate the need to purchase, transport, warehouse, distribute, store and restock inventory of multiple cleaning chemicals. It also requires no safety training, compliance or reporting expenses. A smaller version is available for consumer use as well.

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Media Contact:
Glen Farrow, Environmental Services Supervisor
City of Kamloops