We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
When we first moved in to this house we heard peepers every night in our little vernal pool. (Spring peepers are tiny frogs with big voices; you can hear them singing here.)
The next spring I eagerly awaited the peepers, having learned what they were (city girl born and bred, I knew nothing of wildlife and its calls until I moved out here). And I heard them down at the creek at the end of our road, but I didn’t hear them in my yard. And I haven’t heard them since.
I’ve thought and thought about it, and my thoughts point to all the times we washed our car near that pond. All that runoff.
This specific experience was what prompted my firm decision to “go green,” and out of that this blog was born.
Now, I’ll start by saying that my instinct is to think that rain is enough to wash my car. I couldn’t care less about how my car looks. But my brother, a former mechanic, says that car washes are important to keep rust from happening and stuff like that— helping to preserve the resale value and whatnot. (Although I plan to hand my minivan off to my children as they start driving. This thing is probably never going to see a second owner.)
In most instances, the green way of doing things coincides with the DIY lifestyle, but car washing is one exception. Washing your car at home with a garden hose uses about 7 gallons of fresh water every minute, amounting to nearly 100 gallons of water in 15 minutes.
But car washes enrolled in the WaterSavers program (meaning they meet certain environmental standards) use 40 gallons of water per car, max, in conveyor and in-bay/rollover systems. Self-service washes in the program use 3 gallons of water or less per minute.
Given that there are over 110 million registered vehicles in this country, if everyone switched to professional car washes that’s a savings of a hella lotta water. AND, car washes in the WaterSavers program treat and recycle their water, keeping it from poisoning our waterways and spring peepers.
There are more than 800 WaterSavers car washes across the U.S. and Canada; check to see if there’s one near you.
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‘Fess up, now. How often do you wash your car?