Update: And the winner is…Annie M. I have forwarded the winner's information to the sponsor. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Whether a Saturday morning ritual or charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. A study by the City of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into their storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia.
Plus, professional car washes are typically a much greener option for washing vehicles than washing your car in the driveway at home. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, and most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.
WaterSavers professional car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash. The process cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment. For more information and to find a certified location near you, visit WashWithWaterSavers.com
This summer we are on severe water restrictions due to a drought in my area. We are only allowed to water our lawns once per week, and we can only wash our cars at home with a shut-off hose. In Michigan, we conserved water as much as possible, but this is the first time I've felt like the lack of water was such a serious concern. Plus, with the rising cost of water, it makes more sense to wash our car in our local car wash when needed.
The International Car Wash Association (ICA) has offered to give one (1) lucky reader a WaterSavers Prize Pack, including:
- Branded USB Car Charger
- Pop-Up Trunk Organizer
- Car Vent Clip
- $20 VISA Gift Card
You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to win.
Just fill out the form below to enter – one entry per person. I am asking for shipping information only for the purpose of mailing the winner’s prize. This information will not be sold, traded, or given away.
You have until Tuesday (8/6) at 11:59 pm ET to enter the giveaway. Please enter only once. The winner will be chosen randomly. After the giveaway is over, I will update the winner’s information (first name and last initial) on the top of this post.
Disclosure: I received the same gift package that the winner will be receiving to facilitate my review. I did not receive any compensation to write this post. The opinions are all mine!