How to Conserve Water in the Summer with WaterSavers

I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own. 

Did you know that washing your vehicle in your driveway is harmful to the environment? I really had no clue about it until recently thanks to WaterSavers, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA). I think back to my childhood where I have so many memories of my dad out in the driveway washing the vehicles. He lives for the outdoor type of jobs and is always outside either mowing the lawn (a few times a week it seems!), plowing the driveway (in winter) or washing the vehicles. When I became an adult and had my own vehicle, my dad would offer to wash my car because he loved doing it so much. I always took him up on his offer and most times would pitch in and help him with the job. I don’t think my dad is aware that it’s not good to wash your vehicles in the driveway so I’ll be sharing this information with him later.

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When you wash your vehicle in the driveway (or parking lots), the dirty water enters the storm drains and DOES NOT undergo treatment before it’s discharged. There was a study by the City of Federal Way, WA that found that residential car washing led to a large number of pollutants being released into the storm sewer system. The amount of pollutants is quite staggering to me: 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil, 400 lb. of phosphorus and nitrogen and 60 lb. of ammonia.

Plus, washing your car with a garden hose in your driveways uses a  large amount of water to the tune of 60 gallons in as little as 5 minutes! After you have finished washing your cash, you will on average have used 116 gallons of water. This statistic is provided by the Mid-America Regional Council.

When your car is dirty and needs to be washed, visit a professional car wash instead of grabbing the hose and bucket. It’s a much more environmentally friendly way to wash your vehicles and you won’t be using nearly as much water! In fact, you’ll be using 60% less water than you would use just rinsing the car off. Also, most car washes recycle and treat the water to almost eliminate all the waste.

If you can find a WaterSavers professional car wash near you, then that is the perfect one to go to! WaterSavers car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash. They also clean and re-use the water for future car washes or treat water before returning it clean to the environment. You can check online for a location near you.

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

Conserve Water this Summer with WaterSavers

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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