Itâ€™s not just about washing cars. Itâ€™s about how we wash them.
Water conservation is central in our sustainable approach to washing cars. We continue to invest in technology that allows us to reclaim, filter and reuse water. Weâ€™ve set a goal for all of our locations to operate using the latest in advanced reclaim technology by the end of 2018. Water is not a resource weâ€™re willing to waste.
Our commitment also extends to the products and cleaners we use in our tunnels. At Mister Car Wash weâ€™ve developed proprietary chemistry systems which are unique within our industry. A major component of our development process is rooted in making environmentally responsible decisions. All of our cleaners, soaps and chemicals are 100% phosphate free and non-toxic.
Our pledge is ongoing and we are continuously searching for new ways to bring greener solutions to our wash process.
Washing at Home vs. Professional Car Washes
When you wash your car at home, the runoff goes right into storm drains and eventually into rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands where it can be poisonous to aquatic life and upsets the ecosystem. Home washing also uses up to 3 times more water than a professional car wash.
Flow Rates: Less is More
Less is truly more in many of our applications. Take air bubbles in foam, for example. Soapy water injected with air increases the apparent volume of the flow rate when in reality we've improved the efficacy of our water usage by expanding the surface area.
We actively process and treat water previously used in the wash cycle for use in the wash process again. On average we re-use 14 gallons of water per car. As reclaim technology improves in sophistication, we will continuously work towards ways to reclaim even more water.
Removing the suspended solids from the water allows us to re-use the water in various cleaning applications such as prep guns and wheel washers.