Randy Geisel recently commented about water restrictions and car washes.
I share concerns about the drought, but the comments related to car washes were based on incorrect information.
Car washes use very little water. Self-serve washes use only about 12-15 gallons per wash, conveyors about 35 gallons per car.
Considering annual water use, car washes are not in the top 1,000 largest water users.
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Many car washes recycle. All car washes have “grit traps” where wash water is returned to the sanitary sewer.
Another inaccuracy: “A dirtier car doesn’t cost a person any money.”
Accumulation of dirt and other particles scratches your car’s finish. Bird droppings, acid rain, industrial pollutants, sap from trees and insects also damage paint.
A regular wash prevents contaminants from damaging the finish and the most dangerous problem: rust.
Many have a large investment in their vehicles, and when that investment is damaged, the value is reduced.
Not washing your car does cost a person money.
— Chuck Space, Executive Director, Southwest Car Wash Association, Austin
Protection vs. attention