Are Carwashes Eco-Friendly?

Few people realize that washing our cars at home is not eco-friendly. (link) Unlike household waste water that enters sewers or septic systems and undergoes treatment before it is discharged into the environment, what runs off from your car goes right into storm drains – and eventually into rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands where it poses a serious threat to aquatic life. After all, that water contains large traces of gasoline, oil and residues from exhaust fumes – as well as the harsh detergents being used for the washing itself.

Commercial Car Washes Treat Waste Water

Federal laws in both the United States and Canada require commercial carwash facilities to drain their waste water into sewer systems, so it gets treated before it is discharged back into the great outdoors. And unlike a do-it-yourselfer, a commercial car wash is able to use computer-controlled systems, high-pressure nozzles and pumps that minimize water usage.


Did You Know?

The International Carwash Association, an industry group representing commercial car wash companies, reports that tunnel car washes use less than half the water of even the most careful home car washer. According to one report, washing a car at home typically uses between 80 and 140 gallons of water, while a commercial car wash averages less than 45 gallons per car. Talk about environmentally un-friendly!

The team here at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail in Woodstock, GA understands the importance of those numbers, and we understand that taking care of our surrounding community  is as important to others as it is to us.


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