Spring is finally here! With spring comes the sun and good weather, which means it’s time to wash your car. Not only is regular car washing important to maintain the life of the paint and finish, but a dirty car is a sad car. Before you grab the old wash rag and hose you may want to consider the effect driveway washing has on the environment.
Driveway Washing Pollutes
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, non-point wastewater runoff is the leading cause of freshwater pollution in the U.S. As a result, various cities and states are urging residents to keep wash water out of storm drains. In some cases, cities have made driveway washing illegal.
When you wash your car in the driveway, all of the soap, along with oil, grease, and loose metals run off into storm drains, and eventually make their way to our rivers and streams where they harm and kill fish.
According to Washington Department of Ecology spokeswoman, Sandy Howard, “The soaps are just as toxic as some of the chemicals we regulate in the industrial [sector]. They kill fish.” Soaps, specifically, destroy the protective mucous layer on fish making them much more susceptible to diseases.
Officials say that automobiles are the main contributing factor to making stormwater one of the biggest threats to waterways in urban areas. That is why cities like Santa Monica, CA have put in place a measure to fine residents $500 if runoff leaves their property. The city of Medford, OR doubled down with their ordinance. A violation there could cost you up to $1000.
6 Reasons to Wash Your Car at Washman
1. You Get a "Sparkling Clean Car with Fast & Friendly Service."
Everything they do is focused on providing the best car wash and customer experience in the industry. Their customers come first, and they're dedicated to delivering exceptional quality on every visit.
2. It's lightning fast. Not literally, but it's quick.
It's not just about getting the absolute best wash in town, it's about your time. You've got things to do. Don't worry. They've invested in a bunch of big ol' computers with super fancy lights that allow them to wash, dry, wax, polish, and tire shine your ride in under 3 minutes. That's barely enough time to catch up on emails.
3. You'll Use Less Water.
Washing at Washman is like giving 30 gallons of clean water back to nature. Let's say you wash weekly (which you should to maintain your ride), that's like 1,560 gallons of water a year saved. Those computers with the fancy lights use just the right amount of water for your vehicle, and all of the dirty wash water gets recycled. That means less water in treatment plants and more water for surfing, swimming, and other nature-friendly water activities.
4. You'll Help Save Fish.
The fish will appreciate your efforts. Washing your car at home puts chemicals into storm drains. When it comes to cleaning solutions, they use only what they need, and they only use biodegradable soap. Nothing more. Nothing less.
5. Auto Manufacturers Approve of Their Wash Process.
Ever feel like your car drives better after a car wash? Even after it gets assailed by sponge and brush, which can degrade its finish? Just wait until it goes through Washman. No scrubbing, no high pressure, no acids, and no heat... just a lot of TLC!
6. Your Car is Their Priority
Everything they do is focused on providing you with a sparkling clean car for a clean image.
So, next time your car or truck is in need of bath, skip the rag and hose, and take a quick 3-minute ride through any of their 17 Washman locations in Oregon and Vancouver.