My neighbor washes his behemoth of a monster truck in his driveway at least once a week, and every time he does it, I can’t help but think two things:
1. My car is filthy and I should be ashamed
2. All that water, all that soap. I cringe.
Washing a vehicle yourself uses a heck of a lot more water than you might think. In five minutes, you can go through more than 60 gallons of water with a hose!
And then there’s the fact that the dirty water doesn’t have a chance to be treated before being washed down storm drains, and the chemicals and detergents could end up polluting streams and rivers.
To tell you never to wash your car at home isn’t realistic. We’re all time-crunched, and it’s convenient. Plus, everyone should experience it in their lifetime as a rite of passage.
Because it’s just plain fun.
But, if we can use a WaterSavers professional car wash on occasion, they use an average of no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per vehicle (less than home washing machines) and they either responsibly dispose of or recycle and re-use the water runoff.
And when I hear about studies like the one in Federal Way, Washington which found 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil, 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen, and 60 pounds of ammonia pollutants in their storm sewer system…well, I can’t ignore that.
Check washwithwatersavers.com to find a location near you.
I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.