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CCA members answer Frequently Asked Questions

Why should people use a carwash rather than washing their cars at home?

With the environment being top of mind for most consumers it’s important they understand that professional commercial car washes are far superior for the environment then washing one’s vehicle in the driveway. Professional car washes use up to 80 percent less water than a driveway wash and what most people don't realize is where that dirty contaminated driveway water is going once it leaves their driveway. It’s going directly into the storm sewer which drains untreated right into local rivers and lakes. Whereas commercial car washes have to separate the sands and oils in large separators that licensed haulers have to remove, and the remaining water goes to the local sanitary systems where it gets cleaned and then discharged into the local water ways.

Many local municipalities and cities around the world are now making driveway washing illegal do the pollution and amount of water used. A good source of reference is the ICA program call Car washes in an effort to reduce cost due to the extremely high cost of water in some parts of the country are putting in reclaim systems which can reduce fresh water consumption upwards of 50% for most car washes. Reclaim systems have advanced in recent years and the quality of the water is very good and the only fresh water needed is for some detergent mixing and for the final vehicle rinse.” – Mike Black, Owner Valet Car Wash & Past President ICA. more

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