Body Beautiful Car Wash is a member of WaterSavers

http://www.carwash.org/watersavers

Body Beautiful Car Wash takes water conservation and discharge very seriously. For conservation, we use the most modern technology in our washes which include pressurized water sprays and timing devices that turn the water on and off only as needed for washing the vehicle which reduces waste. In addition, we recycle a substantial portion of water used for washing cars and use less than 30 gallons of water per car washed, much less than the typical over 100 gallons when washing at home.

In addition, when washing the car at our facility, the unsafe contaminates like oil, grease and other toxic elements are removed and safely transported to an appropriate processing facility rather than into the storm drain and pollute our waterways and ocean. Body Beautiful Car Wash, Inc. is a proud participating member of WaterSavers recognition program from the International Carwash Association® designed to help professional car washes promote their environmentally responsible business practices. We have been a qualified participating member of this program since its inception over four years ago.

WaterSaver Program Qualification Criteria

  • All water discharge must be routed to water treatment or a leech/septic field as permitted
  • A backflow prevention device must be installed and operable on the potable water supply
  • All spray nozzles must be inspected annually to ensure maximum efficiency of water used
  • All water-saving devices must be maintained to original or improved specifications for the conservation of water
  • Spot-free reverse osmosis concentrate (a.k.a “reject”), if such a system is used, must be reused in the wash process
  • Conveyorized or in-bay/roll-over washes average of no more than 40 gallons of potable/fresh water per car

Body Beautiful is committed to being vigilant in its use and discharge of the wash water to minimize its damaging impact on our waterways and use the most modern technology to minimize the amount of water used.

The article below by the Western Car Wash Association (WCA) provides further details of the benefits of washing your car at a professional car wash like Body Beautiful as compared to washing a car at home in a
driveway.

The Dirty Little Secret of Home Car Washing

 

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Most car washing is being done at home with a hose and a bucket of soap in the driveway. A small percentage of residential car washers will use a hose with a trigger nozzle and wash their cars on more appropriate surfaces such as their lawn that will allow the water to seep into the soil, limiting the amount of water used and eliminating wastewater runoff into community wetlands, rivers, lakes and oceans.However, the majority will wash their cars in their driveway with their garden hose using an average of 100 gallons or more of water. (Studies indicate an average of 100 gallons of water flow thru a typical 5/8” garden hose every 10 minutes). The runoff water then becomes wastewater mixed with soaps, road acids, brake dust, and other harmful contaminants.

When wastewater is allowed to run freely down the driveway into the gutters, the water empties straight into the storm drain and straight into our community wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Consumers, on average, are completely unaware of where wastewater from their residential car wash ends up. Why? Because most probably think that the outside water goeswhere the inside water goes—to a treatment plant of some sort. When asked about that black hole at the end of the street, consumers will most often refer to it as the sewer. If they only knew and understood that the water that enters the black hole at the end of the street flows into our waterways, most consumers would willingly adapt to change by washing their cars on their lawns using a trigger nozzle, or choose to use a professional car wash in the same way they choose to use a professional oil change center.

Professional Car Washing Offers an Ideal Alternative

All professional car washes use substantially less water than a typical home car wash and, most importantly, are mandated by all municipalities to dispose of the wastewater only thru the sanitary sewer system. There are three different types of professional carwashes available: conveyor full service, self-serve coin-op, and roll over in-bay automatic (commonly found in gas stations). Professional car wash operators clean approximately 55% to 60% of registered vehicles on our Nation’s roads. However, due to today’s economic challenges, that number has diminished with a approximately 50% of car owners choosing to wash their vehicles at home. Approximately 5% of car washing is being done by independent mobile car wash operators, who rarely use appropriate wastewater capture and disposal methods.

Why is this a concern to city, county and state officials as well as water purveyors? Because of the limited supplies of water in many communities and the impact on the environment due to the polluting of our waterways. There is a myth believed by the public that professional car washers are water wasters and not the most environmentally friendly. This myth holds no water. Numerous studies have been done that indicate that professional car washers typically use far less water than the common residential car washer. Professional car washes are equipped with high-pressure, low flow nozzles that precisely control the amount of water used on a car. Many professional carwashes recycle their water and reuse it multiple times in the carwash process. Wastewater at the car wash is also treated prior to be being released into the sewer system and in most cases, is cleaner than the average wastewater that is disposed to our Sanitary Sewer Systems.

Stormwater Drainage System

The following pollution loads are deposited into the city’s stormwater drainage systems for every 10,000 registered cars.*

  • 30.6 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil
  • 64.51 pounds of phosphorous and nitrogen
  • 9.7 pounds of ammonia per
  • 355 pounds of surfactants
  • 4,838 pounds of solid wastes

*According to a study conducted in Federal way, Washington, The Residential Car Washwater Monitoring Study, published in July 2009.