Monday, August 12, 2013

Conserve Water this Summer with WaterSavers {Visa Gift Card Prize Pack Giveaway}

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As summer starts to wind down and thoughts turn to fall and back to school, many people make one last  effort to get things cleaned and organized. One more time shaking out the throw rugs; one more time sweeping out the garage; one more washing of the car so that it's ready for autumn, too.

However, whether done by pulling out the hose at home or pulling up to a charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can actually do far more harm than good. Surprised? It's because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged.

In fact, a study by the City of Federal Way, Washington, 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.

Can we say Yuck? Might as well just wash your car right in your local river, lake or ocean!

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Fortunately, we can all make better choices by listening to the knowledge and information from WaterSavers, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association (ICA), that is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly car washes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment.

In fact, professional car washes are typically a much greener option for washing vehicles than washing your car in the driveway at home. Washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes, but most professional car washes treat and recycle water, virtually eliminating waste.

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% less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.

reclaimed water

WaterSavers professional car washes actually  use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash – that's less than the typical home washing machine uses per load. Plus, the process then cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment.

So no more polluting our waterways or wasting precious water by washing your car in your driveway or conducting a car wash fundraiser in a parking lot! Head to WashWithWaterSavers.com to find out much more information and to find a certified location near you (you can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter as well).

As this summer comes to an end, instead of grabbing a bucket and hose, take your car to a local WaterSavers car wash to help save water, protect aquatic life and preserve the environment.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be even more prepared to be eco-friendly this season and beyond, because...

One lucky person will win a WaterSavers Prize Package*!

WaterSavers Summer Prize Package
*Prize Package includes (1) $20 Visa gift card, (1) Pop-Up Trunk Organizer, (1) WaterSavers branded USB Car Charger and (1) Car Vent Clip.


I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

271 comments:

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wen budro said...

I take it to the car wash every so often....I don't wash it very much.

Unknown said...

I actually rarely wash my car & if I do it's at home.

Unknown said...

We wash our cars by hand at home

Admin said...

we just wait for rain-our cars are old!!!
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Unknown said...

Well, i hate to admit it but it is the rain that washes my car :)

Unknown said...

Well, i hate to admit it but it is the rain that washes my car :)

Anonymous said...

We take our car to the 5$ car wash, it works great!

CSeppala said...

Our kids wash the cars. Yeah!!! : )

Roy F. said...

I wash it myself at home

Madonna said...

I go to the automatic car wash

ReviewsSheRote said...

my kids and the hose--or wait for rain =}

mecarolks said...

We take our car to the car wash.

kolpin said...

we do the drive-thru at the gas station.

Crystal said...

I rarely get around to washing mine, but when I do I usually take it to a car wash!
CrystalW07 (at) aol.com

Unknown said...

I go to one of those self car washes where you put quarters in depending on what you want to do

Francine Anchondo said...

at home but sometimes go through the car wash

CarrieAnn13 said...

With a hose & bucket at home

Unknown said...

I have my daughters wash it for me.

Unknown said...

My son in law takes care of that for me and he uses a drive thru Car Wash.

Darlene said...

We usually take our car to the car wash

kim burnett said...

We take our car to the car wash

sparkedcat said...

I wash my car at the carwash.

Melissa Storms said...

I use a bucket and sponge and start at the top wiping the whole cart hen use the hose to rise then dry with old cloths.
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sheila ressel said...

My husband takes it to the local car wash.
sressell@earthlink.net

Susan Christy said...

I usually go through the $5 automatic car wash.

Leenburke said...

In the summer, we wash at home, in the winter at a car wash.

Eileen Burke

Bo said...

I take my car to a drive through car wash.

Megan Parsons said...

I prefer to wash it at home, but we do use the car wash occasionally.

Unknown said...

My husband usually takes it to our local carwash but sometimes the grandkids and I wash it in the driveway. Thanks.

Lisa Ehrman said...

I go to the automatic carwash

Crystal McCord said...

I usually just go to the automatic car wash and run it through there.

Anonymous said...

I use shampoo & wash my car in my driveway.........something constructive to do on a nice day

Rebecca W. said...

Outside with the kids!

cman said...

Driving around in the rain ;)

Yesenia said...

I only wash my car like 2 or 3 times a year and I wash it at home.
morales_y at yahoo dot com

katlynwomack said...

We go to the carwash.

Unknown said...

My hubby washes it in the driveway

Unknown said...

I usually take it to the local car wash. But it's not an auto wash its the type you pay to use the sprayer and cleaner and wash your car yourself.

Erika P. said...

I wash it at home

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

My husband always takes our vehicles to the carwash to clean them.

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kelly said...

The car wash when it get's really bad. I like to let the rain do it.

Unknown said...

Usually I take it to a car wash, but do occasionally wash it at home.

DC said...

I go to the car wash down the street.

LesleyfromWI said...

Car Wash!

Michele C said...

We wash the car at home...when it's raining!

Katrina said...

I wash my car once a year at the carwash. Otherwise, never. :)

susan1215 said...

I take my car through a car wash.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I almost always go through the car wash.
Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My hubby washes mine at home.

laurasloves said...

We usually wash the car as a family every Sunday. It makes it more fun.
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

Roxann said...

We wash it about 50% at the car wash and 50% at home.

Unknown said...

I take it to a car wash about once a month.

EverythingSarah said...

I usually wash it myself
crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

Wash by hand

Kat said...

Drive thru car wash

Kristen said...

We go to the car wash.

imaclutz89 said...

I take it to the car wash!

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richelle bowers said...

we take our car to a car wash

Kim Reid said...

I wash my car at home, thanks!

kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

susansmoaks said...

i wash it at the car wash most times
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Karrie said...

I usually take the car to the car wash KMillheim609@aol.com

Karrie said...

I usually take the car to the car wash KMillheim609@aol.com

trixx said...

We usually hand wash it at home unless we're feeling really lazy. :D

buzzd said...

we wash them at home

Ryan said...

Take to car wash usually.

lmurley2000 said...

I usually go to the car wash

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KrazeKatLady said...

At the car wash, by hand.
krazekatlady at gmail dot com

Bakersdozen said...

My husband washes the car.

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway…wash & wax the cars at home 80% of the time (we wash them on the grass to prevent runoff), the rest of the time at a car wash.

Breanne said...

I wash it at home

lilyk said...

I wash my car at home.

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