Photo of St. Scholastica staff with new water treatment processing unit.
The College is significantly reducing the amount of chemicals it uses in cleaning.
Terry Belich, the College's manager of buildings and grounds, has invested in a new technology that will replace many traditional chemical cleaners with treated water. The process involves tap water and salt being subjected to an electric charge, creating alkaline and acidic "streams." The alkaline solution can be used in sprayers, scrubbers and carpet cleaners, reacting with dirt during cleaning.
"This is a good fit with the College's values, especially stewardship," Belich said. "Many of our students and their parents are interested in us reducing our chemical use and our carbon footprint. That's a very positive side to this."
Eventually the College will also save money through not buying common industrial cleaners.
"This was the right thing to do at the right time," Belich said.