Heat wave in Germany: use the car wash!

The summer heat, which has battered parts of Europe in recent weeks, has also reached Germany. It affects car washes too, but in a rather positive way. “If you want to wash your car, go use a car wash”, is one of the pieces of advice given by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries.

The water federation (BDEW) strongly advises against hand washing during the recent heat wave. But this is only part of the story and far from the only tip they gave. In fact, the state-controlled organization compiled a list of water-saving tips.

One tip will especially be received with praise by car wash operators. In its water-saving measures, the German organisation issued the advice to use car washes instead of a hand wash. These are “very efficient nowadays and use much less water than washing your own car at home.”


Despite the advancing summer, there are currently no publications on the drinking water use hierarchy under the National Water Strategy. Whether this complex, political decision will be made after or before the summer recess is still uncertain.

At the same time, it can be assumed that the amount of drinking water consumed by a car wash will become increasingly significant in the future. The current state of washing technology is making more and more progress in this regard.

Changes, such as the use of water reducing water nozzles in a car wash can also have a noticeable impact on water consumption.

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Author: Rene Passet

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