Did you think that washing your own car in the driveway was green? Think again! I would have answered that question wrong and that is why I wanted to share this post with you.
While I do go through the car wash occasionally, we also wash it by hand fairly often. The kids actually like to do it! Though I will now be thinking twice about this. The dirty water enters storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged.
A study by the City of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into their storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia.
Gross! Let’s talk about water usage.
Washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes, but most professional car washes treat and recycle water, virtually eliminating waste. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, and most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.
WaterSavers professional car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash – that’s less than the typical home washing machine uses per load. The process cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment.
For more information and to find a certified location near you, visit WashWithWaterSavers.com. It’s a good site!
Well my green mamas ~ what do you think?! 🙂
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