Water shortage? You can spray that again!
Well, actually, you can’t, according to Britain’s water companies. The firms are bringing in hosepipe bans across the country, signalling a potential end to the traditional car wash.
Drivers in the South-East of England will be the first to be affected by the ban – introduced because of a lack of rainfall over the winter months – but it could spread nationwide. Now, leading car care produce manufacturer Comma has tapped into the problem and issued a new list of recommendations for saving valuable water while still giving your motor a clean.
An estimated 6 million drivers wash their vehicle every weekend and 57 percent of those have admitted that they do it by hosing down first, according to Comma’s research. Ignoring a hosepipe ban introduced by your local water authority could mean a fine of up to Â£1,000 and a criminal record, so the firmâ€™s advice should be taken by the bucket load. “With so many people in this country grabbing a hosepipe, a change of habit is required,” explained company spokesman Mike Brewsey. “You only need one pail of water to clean the car, and another to wash it down.”
Comma claims a staggering 84 million gallons of water could be saved each weekend if more drivers converted to buckets instead of hoses.
Figures released by supplier Three Valleys Water show that a hose pipes use 20 gallons per wash – which compares with only 3 gallons for each bucket.
Top Water Saving Tips When Washing Your Car
1. Clean your car from the roof down to the wheels
2. Always wash in the shade to avoid drying marks and repeat cleaning
3. Wring your sponge or chamois out over your bucket
4. Use a sponge to wash down with one hand, and a chamois in the other to dry off immediately
5. Wash your car after a rain shower – it will already be wet, so you won’t need a hose to rinse it first