Facts & Myths
Many in our communities are not aware of the efforts of the car wash industry to conserve water. Sometimes when communities face water need issues there is a tendency to base decisions and rules on reactions rather than facts. Many times these misunderstandings result in decisions unfair and inappropriate to the car wash industry. The Southwest Car Wash Association wants to be an active community partner in helping to provide correct information and assist in creating solutions to water conservation based on facts and fairness rather than on old misconceptions or misunderstandings.
Top Ten Facts
Did you know research shows...
1. The average professional car wash uses LESS water than may other businesses in a community.
2. As an example a self serve car wash uses on the average 17-18 gallons of water per car.
3. The full serve conveyor will use 30 - 40 gallons per car.
4. An average shower uses 35-40 gallons of water and a top load washer, 35 gallons per load.<
5. Average professional car washes use LESS than .2% of the total municipal water supply.
6. Residential water use will average 60-70% of which lawn watering is over 50%.
7. In most cities car washes are not even in the top 1000 of the largest water users.
8. Individuals washing cars in their driveways or the many charity car washes you see on parking lots are using 100-140 gallons of water per car with an open hose.
9. Professional car washes water drains into the sanitary sewer that actually replenishes the water system.
10.Water conservation and efficiency is just good business and enconomic sense for car wash operators.