April 22nd is Earth Day. The idea of Earth Day is to find ways to reduce human impact on the environment. One way you can reduce your impact is to wash your car at a car wash, not at home in the driveway. When you wash your car at a local car wash there are three main benefits.
1. – Use Less Water The average 5/8” hose with 50 pounds per square inch gallons of pressure uses 10 gallons of water/minute. The average at home car wash uses between 80 and 150 gallons of water. Bridge Street Car Wash uses high pressure nozzles and pumps that minimize water usage, with the average car wash using 45 gallons of water. This results in 40% to 70% less water usage.
2. – Waste Water is Treated When washing your car at home the waste water enters the storm sewers which flow directly into our rivers, streams and wetlands. The waste water contains residue from gasoline, oil, exhaust fumes, road grease, road salt (depending on the time of year), dirt and the detergent you use. This combination of contaminants and dirt can pollute the water and threaten the fish, birds, and other wildlife that depend on clean water. All car washes in Canada are legislated by law to treat their waste water. The Bridge Street Car Wash has taken an extra step and made the environmentally conscious decision to uses phosphate-free, biodegradable detergent and wax.
3. – Protects Your Automobile By washing your car at home you are removing the residues and dirt from your car, but most people don’t apply a protectant. The wax that the Bridge Street Car Wash uses has been specially designed to inhibit rust, corrosion and fading of paint. It has additives that provide an ultraviolet sunblock to protect clear coat finishes on your vehicle. By keeping your car clean and adding a wax protectant you are preventing corrosion and rust. This extends the life of your car and also helps to keep the resale value up.
Earth Day is about the three R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle. By washing your car at a local car wash, such as the Bridge Street Car Wash, you are doing all three. The amount of water used is reduced, the waste water is treated and reused, and by extending the life of your car you are providing for a higher resale value and thus recycling your car. To promote Earth Day and washing your car at local carwashes, on April 22nd from 4pm to 7pm, the Bridge Street Car Wash will give you half of whatever you spend back in tokens for your next car wash. This is equal to the amount of water that you saved by choosing a local car wash instead of your driveway.