Sewer VS. Storm Drain – How Washing Your Car by Hand is BAD for the Environment.
Water used to wash your car at home or at a charity wash drains directly into and poisons the environment. At our car wash, the water we use is filtered and reclaimed and all final waste water flows to the sewer for treatment and processing before being released into the environment. Even if you use safe detergents like we do, your wastewater may carry trace amount of metals (copper from brake dust and zinc from tire wear) along with small amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel, oil, grease and antifreeze. When combined with the fact that a professional car wash uses only a fraction of the water used to wash a car by hand, it’s no wonder that The Nature Conservancy and other organizations recommend washing at a professional car wash as the more environmentally friendly choice.
What We are Doing to help the Environment?
- The water we use is filtered and reclaimed and all final waste water flows to the sewer for treatment and processing before being released into the environment.
- Computer controls minimize the waste of any water so you can get a clean shiny car knowing it used only a fraction of the water used when washing by hand.
- Our biodegradable soap and energy efficient practices reduce the environmental impact of getting a clean car.
It’s true! The Nature Conservancy recommends using commercial car washes as a more environmentally friendly alternative to washing at home or using charity car washes that let waste water drain into the environment. If you do wash at home please visit the Nature Conservancy website for easy ways to reduce your negative impact on the environment. If you’re planning a charity car wash, please contact us. We can help you meet your fund raising goals in a more environmentally responsible way!