This summer we have seen record temperatures across the country and as a result many parts of the country have been experiencing extreme drought. This has led many people to take measures in order to conserve their water usage. These measures can include limiting sprinkler usage, monitoring the use of faucets in the household or not washing the car. But there are ways to wash the car and still conserve water. So for drivers that want to keep their car looking clean while still remaining conscious of their water use, there is an answer. Read on to learn about ways that you can conserve your water use while keeping your car clean:
Use a Bucket for Water
The use of a bucket is an easy way to control the amount of water used while washing your car. Simply fill a bucket with water and soap and only refill as necessary. If you are conscious of the water you use you will not have to refill your bucket at all. While washing your car make sure to wring out any rags or sponges you are using, in order to conserve water. The water in your bucket will serve as your cleaning supply and, eventually, you can use it to rinse off your car.
Using a bucket to hold your water supply will limit the amount of water you would use by keeping it at a set amount, in one place. Often times using a constantly running source of water to wash your car can lead to lots of water wasted, but by using a bucket you can limit the amount of water wasted while washing your car this summer.
Use a Spray Nozzle on your Hose
Using a hose that is constantly running is the largest source of water wasted while washing a car. But having to constantly turn the hose off and on while washing your car can be a huge hassle that slows down the process of washing your car, especially if you are not near the hoses power source. To rectify the situation consider attaching a spray nozzle to your hose. Spray nozzles allow you to control the amount of water you use while washing your car by only allowing water to flow while the nozzle is engaged. Many spray nozzles also have multiple settings that control how much water flows through the nozzle. While washing your car, simply use a lower setting to rinse your car before applying cleaning solutions and a higher setting to rinse off the cleaning solution.
By attaching a spray nozzle to your hose you will limit the amount of water wasted while washing your car by controlling the amount of water that flows through your hose. These nozzles, when properly used, will not allow water to leave the hose until it is engaged. Using a nozzle that has multiple settings also allows you to control the amount of water that you use while engaging the nozzle, by controlling the amount of water released.
Go to your Local Carwash
The easiest way to ensure that you wont waste water while washing your car is to go to a professional carwash. Carwashes know the exact amount of water it takes to get your car cleaned the way you would like it cleaned. This allows them to clean your car methodically while not wasting any water in the process. Another plus to having your car washed by a professional is that they dispose of their water properly. Often the water used while washing your car manually can run off into the soil or into storm drains. As this water is contaminated this can have negative environmental repercussions.
If you are going to wash your car this summer, remember that there are ways to conserve the amount of water used while washing your car. By being conscious of the amount of water you are using while washing your car, you will be able to limit the amount of water wasted and you can use the water saved for other things like watering your flowers or lawn.