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Caring Properly for Wastewater at Your Car Wash


Your car wash is going to go through a lot of water, and that is why a quality water reclamation system is a must. Not only is it good for the environment, but water reclamation can also save your car wash a ton of money. How? Here are two ways that water reclamation is a money saver in the long run.

  1. Reducing your water bill – The more water you can clean and reuse, the less your utility bill will be. You can help the planet and maximize your bottom line at the same time. Now that’s a win-win!

  2. Reducing your wastewater compliance expenses – Car washes also have to worry about state and federal regulations regarding wastewater. Between the pollutants you are washing off of the vehicles and the chemicals used to clean the cars (even environmentally friendly cleaners may not pass regulations), you are going to be dealing with the expense of cleaning up wastewater produced by your facility.

Properly Treating Wastewater at Your Car Wash

The EPA gives you only two options when it comes to dealing with wastewater. You either need to meet the standards of having a closed well where the wastewater goes (a larger initial expense that could lead to massive fines if it ever fails) or pretreating the facility’s wastewater before it heads into the drainage system.


Pretreating the wastewater doesn’t have the same initial expense, and while it may cost you more in the long run, it is also easier to control. So this is one of the things you have to consider during the planning stages, taking into account both federal and state regulations.


Technically, there is a third option. But storing wastewater to have it hauled away is almost never the most cost-effective choice, and it doesn’t solve the problem of producing waste. You are just paying someone else to handle it for you and trusting that they are following the proper guidelines.


The most efficient option is usually to plan for wastewater treatment when designing and building your wash. There are automated systems that meet state and federal guidelines, so you don’t even have to think about this issue.


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