While the terms, “Engineered Water”, “Electrolyzed Water” and “Activated Water”, have been freely used – and frankly, abused – it is important to clarify that, in the best cases, related systems produce, not water, but chemical cleaning and disinfecting solutions on-site.
Some systems generate “ElectroChemically Activated (ECA)” Solutions or ECA, and the process uses conditioned water, salt, and electricity, to produce and dispense effective solutions for cleaning and disinfecting respectively.
How can you find the best ElectroChemically Activated (ECA) Solution system? Consider:
- Long-term cost – after initial purchase, an ECA system produces solutions for an estimated one to seven cents per gallon depending on electricity costs and whether periodic cell replacement is included. Durability improves with fewer moving parts, so consider systems that use physics not pumps to move solutions. Check user references for facilities like yours. Consider performance issues related to concentrates versus logistical gains, and advantages of Ready-to-Use solutions. Factor in service needs and plans to arrive at a total cost of ownership.
- Efficacy, Health, Safety – Better products offer proof of performance when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Talk to actual users. Green Seal’s GS-37 recognizes ECA cleaning solutions for performance, sustainability, health and safety, so look for that validation, as well as that of independent labs when using ECA for disinfecting.
- LEED – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), under LEED EBOM-V4, provides LEED points for Green Cleaning using ECA (system performance must be third-party verified). ECA systems reduce or eliminate offsite manufacturing, packing, shipping, storing and disposing of chemical solutions and their packaging, making them very green.
While some companies claim to make “engineered water” – ECA systems produce cleaning and disinfecting solutions cost-effectively on-site. It is important to know the difference.
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