ESOL™ is an environmentally friendly, scientifically proven alternative to harmful disinfectants.
ESOL™ is the trading name for the Electrolyzed water produced by our generators.
In the past the technology has been confused with other solutions:
- Water filters
- Water purifiers
We want to make sure an ESOL™ generator and ESOL™ electrolysed water is the right fit for you and your needs.
What reasons would stand between you and us working together?
1 – ESOL™ Technology does not filter water
Drinking water will almost always go through a water purification process to ensure that it is safe for consumers; involving physical processes (Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration) to remove organic and inorganic debris and particles, and chemical processes to kill pathogens remaining in the water.
In some cases, people want to be able to further filter their water on a small scale for various reasons/personal preferences such as:
- Skin irritations
- Water fluoridation
- Sensitivity to chlorination
There are many domestic water filtration products on the market today:
8 best water filter jugs:
Water filter systems for your home:
ESOL™ technology is not a physical removal step, such as filtration.
ESOL™ is specifically a safe and sustainable alternative to traditional disinfectants and effectively kills pathogens left in water. Any particles in the water will affect the effectiveness of ESOL™
If you are looking for a whole house water filter system to be installed in your home for everyday use, our systems are NOT for you.
This brings us on to the next reason;
2 – Your water is too contaminated
ESOL™ can be used in various applications;
- Fruit and Vegetable disinfection
- Drinking Water disinfection
- Biofilm control
- Legionella control
- Swimming pool and Spa disinfection
However, like Chlorine, the efficacy of ESOL™ can be affected by organic matter.
Organic matter in water is matter composed of organic compounds that have come from the remains of organisms such as plants and animals and their waste products in the environment.
If the water you are planning on disinfecting contains a high organic load, and has not undergone prior filtration, the ESOL™ will react with these background organics as readily as the pathogens in the water. This will compromise the ESOL’s ability to effectively disinfect.
This issue can easily be overcome with effective filtration prior to disinfection, however, if this is not practically possible ESOL™ alone is NOT the right fit for you.
3 – You want to recycle small scale domestic waste water
Each person in the UK uses approximately 350-400 litres of water per day. It is estimated that an average household uses 900 litres of water over the course of a day.
Water is used daily in many different ways:
- Washing dishes
- Washing machines
- Flushing the toilet
In all aspects of water usage there is an element of waste.
Generally, all over the world water turns from initially clean to dangerously polluted as it travels through each countries water system, rendering future use impossible, until it needs to be dumped often after one use.
Our smallest ESOL™ System produces 60 litres of ESOL an hour which is capable of disinfecting approximately 6,000 litres of water an hour and our largest system is capable of disinfecting ten times this volume.
In the case of domestic water recycling, our water systems may be too large for individual households and therefore NOT a fit.
Related content: "Water and the circular economy"
However, there are several ways that you can save water around your home:
Switch the tap off whilst brushing your teeth - Brushing your teeth with the tap running uses 2 gallons of water per minute (average). That is a lot of water going to waste down the plughole.
Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Save a few gallons of water and turn off the off the tap after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
Head to the car wash. If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the water, rather than washing at home with the hose.
Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.
We found this helpful article on 20 ways to save water around your home
The recycling and reuse of water is essential to the circular economy however, this is an area that is often over looked. Industries that use large amounts of water include:
- Food and beverage
It is safe to say that ESOL™ drinking water systems are typically used in larger operations such as these; so what reasons would there be, for us not to be the right fit for a large industrial company for example?
4 – ESOL™ will corrode low grade metals and plasticise some plastics
You might be thinking if ESOL™ will corrode metals and plasticise some plastics how can it be safe in drinking water or when applied to fruit and vegetables?
ESOL has an extremely high Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) meaning it has a high tendency to take electrons from bacteria, viruses and fungi cells (prokaryotic cells) rendering them benign. It does not have the same effect on human cells (eukaryotic cells) which makes ESOL™ completely safe to humans, animals and the environment.
This strong oxidising ability however also leads to the oxidation (or rusting) of certain metals, and a plasticising of certain plastics. There are other resistant materials out there such as:
- PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) The best known brand name of PTFE-based formulas is Teflon
- High grade stainless steel
- PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride)
However if ESOL™ is being integrated into an environment with low grade material, ESOL™ may NOT be the right fit for you.
5 - You are looking for high chlorine content in your disinfection solution
Chlorine is a tried and tested bacterial disinfectant requiring short to moderate contact times. It may be that your needs require a high chlorine content, perhaps for legislative reasons.
ESOL™ is an environmentally friendly, scientifically proven alternative to harmful disinfectants and crucially it does not rely on chlorine species to do the disinfection.
There is a small amount of hypochlorous acid in ESOL™ however equally important is the oxygen species, hydroxide ions and short lived radicals that are created during the electrolysis process.
The link between chlorine disinfectants and potentially dangerous disinfection by-products is becoming more and more apparent.
With far less reliance on chlorine ESOL™ produces less of these by-products, however, it may be that your industry still requires a certain chlorine level to be reached.
If this is the case ESOL™ is NOT the right fit for this industry.