Amidst rapidly depleting water resources worldwide, car wash owners must turn to more environmentally-friendly alternatives to save their businesses and help the environment. The average car wash uses 60 gallons of city water to wash a single vehicle. This water is used along with soaps, waxes, and/or other cleaning agents to wash the vehicle. Over the course of washing, dirt, oil, and other grime is removed from the vehicle and mixed with the water, leading to polluted water that is impossible to reuse as-is. Over time, hefty water costs, combined with the additional sewer costs charged for water disposal, may lead to a cut in the profits of car wash owners if measures aren’t taken to be more strategic about water use.
Car wash owners have turned to several different solutions to help reduce their water and sewer costs:
- Lower Horsepower Pumps – Pumps are used to move water and cleaning products throughout the car wash cycle. By reducing the horsepower, these pumps are releasing fewer gallons of water during the wash.
- Alternative Soap Delivery Systems – Foam-based systems generate more soap, which requires the wash to use more water for rinsing and leads to more pollution of the water used during the wash cycle. Bubble-based systems reduce the amount of soap generated, also reducing the amount of rinse water needed.
- Water Reclamation Systems – Some car wash systems, such as those designed by Aqua Bio, use reclaimed (or recycled) water for their washes. Water used during a car wash cycle is collected in tanks and filtered to be reused for future uses. The use of water reclamation systems allows car washes to drastically cut their water and sewer costs, as the majority of the car wash water can be reused in future washes. In addition to saving money, these systems help reduce the amount of pollutants entering areas near the car wash, as the water is collected rather than released into sewers or nearby soil.
These alternatives to traditional car wash equipment can make a large impact, not only in the amount of water used, but also in the amount of pollutants released into neighboring areas. Using these strategies can help save car wash owners money, while also helping them to create a healthier environment.
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