JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
September 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON TRANSIT USES NANOSEPTIC AND UVC LIGHTS TO DISINFECT BUSES
JEFFERSON, LA – Jefferson Transit (JeT) is using nanotechnology-powered self-cleaning “skins” to cover high-touch surfaces on the buses, in addition to PURO, which is new ultraviolet disinfection system that uses UVC light to help fight against viruses and bacteria.
"We are thrilled to be in possession of new UVC lights to kill COVID-19 on buses. The UV light that will be used on the buses is very efficient in killing the virus that is responsible for COVID-19. JeT is reducing the level of the virus on the transit system for riders and the community. The dual-headed lamps have efficacy against Class 2 and 3 viruses, including COVID-19, SARS, influenza and Ebola,” said Jefferson Parish Transit Director Ninette Barrios. “These new products not only create cleaner buses, but also allow us to communicate our commitment to the safety and health of Jefferson Parish riders at every touchpoint.”
JeT has purchased five portable units of the PURO system, which are used to sanitize the buses daily after they are out of service. Each cleaning process takes only 30 minutes, and the fleet is ready to hit the streets the next day in a super-clean state. PURO is being used by the New York transit agency in an effort to kill COVID-19. JeT is the first transit system in the state to use this technology.
NanoSeptic skins turn dirty high traffic, public touchpoints into continuously self-cleaning surfaces. Working 24/7, the surface continually oxidizes organic contaminants. Unlike traditional disinfectants and cleaners, the NanoSeptic surface has no poisons, heavy metals or chemicals, and nothing is released from the surface. According to its website, NanoSeptic is “stronger than bleach” in terms of its protection from pathogens. This product is also being used in the some high-traffic areas throughout Jefferson Parish, including health care facilities such as Elmwood Fitness Center owned by Ochsner Hospital.
For more information about JeT, visit www.jeffersontransit.org.
For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.JeffParish.net. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.
Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123
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Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO