With summer's hot temperatures, washing your car in your driveway sounds like the ideal way to cool down and save some money at the same time. but before you grab that bucket and hose, think about what it's really costing you. When you wash your car yourself, you use a LOT of water -- and all that soapy water flows into storm drains and maybe even the ocean. It's actually better to take your car to a professional car wash! Many professional car washes treat and recycle their washing water, which helps \save water, protect aquatic life and preserve the environment.
WaterSavers®, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA), has some eye-opening information about the environmental benefits of washing your car at a professional carwash:
Whether a Saturday morning ritual or charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged.
A study by the City of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into their storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia.
You may be surprised to learn that professional car washes are typically a much greener option for washing vehicles than washing your car in the driveway at home. Washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes, but most professional car washes treat and recycle water, virtually eliminating waste. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, and most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.
WaterSavers professional car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash – that’s less than the typical home washing machine uses per load. The process cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment. For more information and to find a certified location near you, visit WashWithWaterSavers.com
A car wash can cost as little as $5 for a basic run-through service; with a coupon, I pay just $13 for a wash and wax plus interior vacuum and dusting! It saves time, hassle and the environment!
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