Eco-Friendly Laundry at NVRH

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nvrh thumbST. JOHNSBURY – A new laundry system will help wash away costs for the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and save them up to $18,000 a year.  Thanks to various grants, the hospital was able to install Aqua-Wing's ozone regeneration system in their laundry room over the summer, and has been working with the environmentally-friendly system for the past few weeks.

The system creates ozone which is created when ultraviolet light passes through oxygen molecules, and then injects the compound directly into the washer's water. Ozone reacts with all of the germs inside washer and kills the viruses on the linen.

"I don't have as much re-washing to do; my whites are much whiter, so I really am impressed with the whole system," said NVRH Laundry Supervisor, Lisa Fessenden.

Fessenden is not the only one who is happy with the ozone regeneration system. The Materials Management Director at the hospital, Pete Gummere, is also pleased with the system's performance.

"I have a lot of hope for the real impact on the costs of operating the laundry as well as the environmental impact."

The key to the system is using less water. By using ozone-injected cold water, the hospital saves money and 600,000 gallons of water a year; that is enough water to take about 40,000 ten-minute showers. In addition, the hospital does not have to heat the water anymore, saving 102,000 lbs. of carbon footprint a year. In other words, the system is saving over 5,000 gallons of gas; enough to fill a car's 15-gallon gas tank up almost 350 times.

"We were excited to do it," Gummere says. "I think overall the hospital has been pretty proactive environmentally."

The operation is a trial-run for Aqua-Wing. It is a win-win for both sides, as Aqua-Wing gets feedback on its equipment, and NVRH gets to save water and money.

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