Ireland’s Cork Airport switched to an engineered water technology for cleaning that is expected to keep more than 5,400 liters of chemicals from entering the environment each year, according to an article on the Travel Daily News website.
Cork Airport is the first airport in Ireland to use this organic cleaning solution, which turns tap water into a powerful cleaning agent. As a result cleaning chemical usage is projected to be reduced by more than 80 per cent at the airport. The solution, which can be produced on demand, has replaced a wide range of conventional cleaning chemicals at the airport. The process simply adds an extra atom of oxygen to the water molecule - transforming O2 into O3 - which means that normal tap water can be turned into a cleaning agent that is stronger than bleach, but is as safe as normal water, the article said.
The effort is one of several green programmes at Cork Airport, which includes involvement in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) for 2020, to improve energy efficiency.
Switching from traditional chemicals to a form of engineered water is growing in popularity across the world. Similar to the Cork Airport, cleaning staffs at many high-profile facilities have been embracing engineered water. For example, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which was home to the National Football League’s Super Bowl LIII, has been using the technology since the stadium opened in 2017.