British Car Wash Association urges members amid drought

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Great Britain has joined the many European countries that suffer from an extreme drought this summer. Wednesday, the CWA urged car washes to minimize water consumption.

At the same time, the British Car Wash Association (CWA) explains to water authorities what measures its members are adopting in order to minimize water consumption in car washes.

The CWA fears possible restrictions that would impact the business of car wash operators.
After record-breaking temperatures and another heat wave impacting this week’s weather, the UK seems to be heading for a drought, with strict limits likely to be imposed on water use.

Hosepipe ban

Countries like Spain Italy, France, The Netherlands and Germany have already taken measures to minimize water spillage. More than 100 French towns have been left short of drinking water, instead relying on emergency trucks for supplies.
Furthermore, water use is restricted in 93 of France’s 96 departments in an effort to conserve supplies amid very high temperatures. In many towns it is not allowed anymore to use hosepipes for a car wash. In some places, even commercial car washes are being closed down, France 3 reports.

In Spain people are suffering from the worst drought in 1200 years. It is now forbidden by law to wash your car in the whole country.

Drought in Europe in July 22

Recycling water

The CWA has explained to the water authorities in the UK that over the years, car wash operators have dedicated much of their efforts in developing methods that decrease reliance on the water companies – using boreholes, installing recycling equipment and implementing water saving through advanced techniques in order to reduce their overall consumption by limiting usage.

Meanwhile, members in areas with an existing hosepipe ban are seeing increased traffic to their car washes. They are encouraged to adhere to CWA guidance, which includes a traffic-light scheme.

Those unable to reduce their water consumption by at least 20% may have to consider whether it is appropriate to continue operations.

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Author: Rene Passet

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