Would you be surprised if I told you that when you are washing your car at home, you are wasting A LOT of water! I am guilty as charged but by learning the facts from WaterSavers, I am now going to get my car professionally washed, as it is much greener for the environment.
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. The dirty pollutants are then entering our environment.
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.
WaterSavers®, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA), wants to give you more information on the environmental benefits of washing your car at a professional carwash.
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.
This summer, instead of grabbing a bucket and hose, take your car to a local professional car wash to help save water, protect aquatic life and preserve the environment. Be sure to follow WaterSavers on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!
I know I surely will be going to the car washes now, rather than washing my car at home! Will you join us in helping the environment?!!
GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive special WaterSavers prize package including Branded USB Car Charger, Pop-Up Trunk Organizer,Car Vent Clip, $15 VISA Gift Card. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me if you use professional car washes in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. Us only. Good luck!
* 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.