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Dirty Cars and Clean Water

There are always a lot of dusty cars this time of year as sporadic rains, morning dew and nightly fogs leave a layer on everything. That inevitably leads to a nice, sunny day when people get the idea to wash their cars. You might not realize it, but washing your car is potentially a huge source of overwatering. Fortunately, there are some easy actions you can take to reduce overwatering and stop polluting.

THE GOOD

The best thing you can do is use a commercial car wash. Commercial car washes follow regulations to minimize potential pollution. They also have the best equipment to recycle water or minimize excessive water waste. When in doubt—go to the pros.

THE BAD

If you wash your car at home, don’t wash it on the driveway. The water quickly streams down to the stormdrain system and takes with it all the dirt, grime, and potentially harmful soaps. Instead, wash your car on gravel, grass, or other permeable surfaces. This slows the flow of water and pollutants and lets the ground act as a natural filter.

THE UGLY

Whatever you do, make sure to use hoses with nozzles that automatically turn off when left unattended. There is no excuse to let a hose spray freely when it is not being used. Using a nozzle saves up to 10 gallons per minute. That means that if it takes you just 20 minutes to wash your car, you’d be overwatering up to 200 gallons if you don’t use the right equipment!

Just like that, three easy actions you can take to stop overwatering.

  • If you’re going to wash your car, take it to the pros
  • If you’re washing it at home, wash it over a permeable surface so the water doesn’t go to waste or to the ocean
  • And whatever you do, make sure your hoses have an automatic shut off nozzle!

Where do you wash your car?

Getting Ahead of the Storm – Part 3

Over the last couple weeks we’ve talked through some great rebates that will help you stop overwatering during this rainy season. While you’re feeling productive, here’s one more great rebate that will make you an even better water steward and save you some money— Change your sprinkler heads to high efficiency nozzles.

This simple change can reduce your outdoor water use by up to 30% just by more efficiently spraying the water and more easily avoiding sidewalks and driveways. There are hundreds of models available for the rebate, with most starting at about $5-6 per head.

If you upgrade 15 or more sprinkler heads, the rebate will cover $4 per head.

That means you can upgrade and get efficient for about a buck a sprinkler!

Click the button below and I’ll walk you through step-by-step how you can get your rebate and answer any questions you have!

Automatic Shut-Off Nozzles – What’s the big deal?

Do you have any water hoses that are open-ended? Are you tired of the old thumb-over-the-mouth-of-the-hose trick? What about of making puddles when washing your car or dog? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a really simple way to save money. If so, it may be time to invest in an automatic shut-off nozzle. I use the word “invest” lightly – these cost around $7. Not only do they solve the problems listed above, they just plain look READ MORE »