Sustainable hand hygiene: saving water each hand wash with CleanTech® Handwashing Stations
With at least 40 states anticipating water shortages by 2024, the need to conserve water is critical. Every time we turn on the faucet to wash our hands, it's key to make sure we're saving as much water as possible. However, during the pandemic, we've also learned how important it is to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds. So how do you balance saving water with effective pathogen removal? That's where CleanTech® automating handwashing stations come in.
Zero water waste and less water usage per hand wash
Think about the last time you washed your hands for the full 20 seconds with a manual sink. You turn on the faucet, and while the water is running down the drain, reach over and grab some soap from the soap dispenser. Then, you wet and scrub your hands, following all the proper handwashing steps. During that scrub time, water continues to run down the drain, not touching your hands until you rinse them off. Then, while the water is still running, you take a paper towel, dry your hands and when your hands are dry, use that to finally turn off the water faucet.
Whew! That's a lot of water just flowing down the drain during just one hand wash!
With automated handwashing stations, handwashing time is cut in half, and CleanTech® uses only 0.6 gallons of water during each hand hygiene event. Plus, during an automated hand wash, every drop of water is used to ensure proper pathogen removal. No water is wasted just going down the drain.
Saving water with CleanTech® Automated Handwashing Stations
How much water can you save with CleanTech®? Well that depends on what type of hand hygiene method you're currently using, how many people are washing their hands each shift, and how many times per day each shift is washing their hands. However, we've had customers see significant water savings already. Take Kern Meat Company for example. They recently won the 2021 Food Quality & Safety award in the small business category and talked about the water savings they've seen with CleanTech® during their interview:
"Kern Meat Company also invested in two handwashing stations for its processing room that Dr. Sherman says delivers a safer and cleaner handwashing solution than traditional soap and water. The stations achieved the same efficacy in 12 seconds as handwashing reached in 20 seconds. The handwashing stations also provided some energy savings. At the former plant, which was five times smaller than the new one, the company consumed about 400 gallons of water per day for employee handwashing; the new stations cut that in half."