Water is the lifeblood of the car wash industry, but it is not an unlimited resource. Research has revealed that washing a car in a parking lot or driveway can use 150 gallons of water. Even the average automatic wash bay uses 50 gallons of water per car. That makes a water reclamation system a must both for reducing utility bills and for reducing your car wash’s environmental footprint. Here are 5 questions you need an answer to regarding water reclamation.
How many gallons of water does your establishment currently use per wash? This gives you a baseline for determining how much you will save by installing a water reclamation system.
What are your water reclamation goals? Modern closed-loop systems have made it possible for water to be cleaned and reused to the point that you are just using the same water over and over again. These systems are more expensive and require more space for installation. As a result, most owners set a reasonable percentage of recycled water versus new water.
How many cars do you typically wash in a day? It takes time to clean water and run it back into the system. If you deal with hundreds of cars on a busy day, you don’t want to run out of the recycled water while the system is struggling to catch up. That means installing a larger system that can hold more reclaimed water.
What is the quality of your water? If you are using high-quality water, you need to maintain that same quality so that consumers don’t see a difference. Many people already have concerns that recycled just means dirty. Since the whole point of your business is getting cars clean, you need to be sure that you are providing the same quality of cleaning while simply reusing a percentage of the water.
Do you have an industry professional to provide advice, equipment distribution, and installation? This isn’t the sort of project a car wash owner can tackle alone. You want someone in your corner with experience who can help you to select the right water reclamation system, sell it you at a competitive rate, and even install it for you.
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Car Wash Pro Designers have over 26 of car wash industry experience. We are equipment distributors and installers. So before you buy your next water reclamation system, get in touch with us. And if you are new to the car wash industry and are looking to make an investment, check out our turn-key express wash design and construction services.