ANGLESEA has taken a step towards being chemical free following the installation of a new eWater system in its community house, which is available for community use at minimal cost.
A small electrolysis unit made its way to Anglesea Community House with a warm welcome on Thursday evening offering a more organic and less wasteful method of cleaning for residents.
The system, created and offered by Australian company eWater Systems, uses salt, water and electricity to create a certified organic disinfectant, cleaner and sanitizer, providing a more environmentally friendly method of cleaning. in the House.
“We just wanted to provide the local community with access to low cost electrolyzed water in some way, especially in the wake of COVID-19,” said Dawn O’Neil, General Manager. of eWater Systems and resident of Aireys Inlet.
“The key differences this system offers include a massive decrease in plastics going to landfill using reusable bottles, a reduction in harmful chemicals entering our waterways, a marked reduction in children’s exposure and a reduction in expenses as well.
“For the past 15 years we have focused on commercial sales, but it is only very recently that ordinary households have started to have access to it.
Anglesea Community House’s financial model will work by requiring users to pay an upfront payment of $5 for a labeled bottle, followed by a lifetime of top-ups for a simple donation of gold coins.
The unit, valued at approximately $10,000, aims to get the ball rolling for a community that has been at the forefront of sustainability in the past.
The coastal town became the first in Victoria to go plastic bag free in 2004 and is now striving to become 100% chemical free.
“I think this new system will be huge for Anglesea,” said Anglesea Community House co-ordinator Marcelle Renkin.
“There is already a fairly high level of environmental awareness and sustainability here in town, seeing things gain momentum like the health of the Anglesea River.
“There is already a priority for community action in Anglesea and Aireys Inlet and I think people want to get involved in moving away from harmful chemicals.”
Drop-in visits to the House, located at 5 McMillan Street, are encouraged for residents who wish to learn more about the new system.