Each time you wash your car, wastewater is created – it’s unavoidable. However, using a commercial car wash (either automatic or self-serve) rather than washing your car at home can help save water thanks to water recycling processes integrated into modern washing systems.
Automatic Car Wash Water Consumption
While it might seem like automatic car wash systems use excessive amounts of water, updated technology has made it considerably easier for owners to use water reclamation systems. These systems are designed to cleanse used water of debris, making it suitable for reuse. This helps minimize the amount of freshwater lost during each wash cycle – something that is simply not plausible during an at-home car wash.
While the average amount of water used by automatic car washes fluctuates, the water reclamation systems used in many washes help keep numbers quite low. According to the International Car Wash Association’s report, Water Conservation in the Professional Car Wash Industry, on a gallon-per-vehicle (gpv) basis, professional car washes use between 30 gpv for in-bay automatics to 70 gpv for frictionless conveyor car washes. However, the actual amount of water lost can be much less, depending on several factors, like the car wash design and season.
Self-Serve Car Wash Water Consumption
According to the Southwest Car Wash Association, a self-service car wash uses roughly 17-18 gallons of water per car – which is in stark contrast to the average 100 gallons or more of water used in standard home car washes as cited by the Western Car Wash Association. This is likely because, as a business, commercial washes are faced with not only the rising cost of fresh water, but also disposal costs along with rigid environmental regulations. To run their operations more efficiently while complying with regulations, wash owners can integrate a wastewater reclamation system.
Aside from repurposing valuable water, water reclamation systems used in car washes reduce disposal costs while helping to prevent detergents and other chemicals from polluting the environment. One method of water reclamation involves using a filter press, which is available through M.W. Watermark. Designed to remove solids from wash water while allowing soaps to be reused, our filter presses offer an easy opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of your wash while maximizing its efficiency.
Contact M.W. Watermark today to learn more about car wash wastewater recycling equipment.
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