Thinking green is good for the environment but it is also good business. Reclaim systems and recapture systems should be used in conjunction to lower water usage and lower water discharge. Generally people want to do the right thing.
Using your carwash becomes the right thing to do.
Reclaim systems have come along way in the past decade. With the large variety on the market it is very important to check references and see the units in action. We have been involved with many projects with reclaim installations. This is an area where buyers should be very careful. We can help you avoid some serious headaches.
For many years carwashes have been built with in bay settling tanks and then sand and oil separators. The bay pits collect the water and dirt from the bays. The heavier product which is the sand settles to the bottom of the tank. The water now less the heavy solids flow over and through a series of baffles to the sand and oil separator and safely discharged into the city septic line for water treatment.
Washing cars at home and parking lot charity washes are very bad practices. Each car they wash uses an average of 120 gallons!!! An average self serve bay wash is only 18-20 gallons. With home and parking lot washes the contaminated water, oil, grease and misc cleaning chemicals run off into the storm sewer which runs directly into our lakes streams and groundwater. At professional car wash facilities all the dirty water is properly contained and treated making self serve washing the most environmentally friendly way to wash a car.
Host charity washes at your car wash. Local schools, churches, boosters and so on. These people washing would be your neighbors therefore they live in your trade area. They are your customers. Do good for the environment. Do good for your community. Market your efforts. Have signs that proudly display that you reclaim water. Have a sign that offers service for charity wash events. It will cost you less than $150 in water and chemicals for the day to host a charity wash in a self serve bay or two. A wash owner would have to spend thousands to get the same marketing exposure. Give a few bullet points
to the charity volunteers so they may spread the word on eco-friendly car washing. If you choose to make tri-fold brochures
or flyers print them on recycled paper with earth kind inks.