New sustainable water technology introduced in NSW hospitals

New sustainable water technology introduced in NSW hospitals

By Ashmeeta Subra  February 14th, 2024

NSW Health is advancing sustainability in public hospitals with a new environmentally friendly and clinically safe alternative to cleaning chemicals.


Biodegradable electrolysed water will replace synthetic cleaning and sanitising products in over 160 public hospitals across NSW over the next three years, offering a more sustainable and efficient cleaning alternative.    

Dr. Kate Charlesworth, Medical Director of NSW Health’s Climate and Risk Net Zero Unit, highlights the significant shift towards a cleaner, greener approach, eliminating the reliance on cleaning chemicals that may potentially harm the environment.    

“This change demonstrates our commitment to NSW Health’s Future Health Framework, to deliver an environmentally sustainable footprint for future health care,” Dr Charlesworth said in a press release.    

Healthshare NSW has joined forces with eWater Systems to introduce on-site electrolysed water generators in hospital kitchens across the state. The cutting-edge technology involves using just salt and water to produce environmentally friendly cleaning and sanitising solutions without the need for chemicals.  

HealthShare NSW Chief Executive, Carmen Rechbauer emphasised the organization's dedication to both sustainability and stringent cleaning standards essential for staff and patient safety, adding: 

“By using eWater Systems’ technology, we can reduce the risk of adverse environmental impacts of using chemicals, take better care of hospital infrastructure and equipment, and create a more efficient service.” 

The disinfectant is a unique product, registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as a hospital-grade disinfectant, while the sanitiser holds HACCP certification for food safety. Both products are also Organic Certified. 

According to eWater Systems founder Phil Gregory, the collaboration with Healthshare NSW marks a significant stride toward realising a future where hazardous chemicals are substituted with safer and more sustainable alternatives.  

“It is anticipated when fully implemented the new technology will result in the annual replacement of over 2 million litres of chemicals and a reduction of hundreds of thousands of single use plastic packs across NSW Health. The impact on our waterways and marine life and reduced landfill will be significant, now, and for generations to come,” said Phil.  

Visit the eWater Systems website to learn more.   

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Ashmeeta Subra

With background in international relations and marketing communications, Ashmeeta is excited to use her skills to encourage positive environmental actions through Planet Ark. She believes that by taking small actions, we can help make a big difference and be good stewards of our planet. Outside of work, she loves spending time in nature and enjoying downtime at the beach.

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