5 tips for washing your car without wasting water

Despite discussions of possible (albeit questionable) solutions, Cape Town’s biggest fear is fast becoming a reality: As at January 15, Cape Town has less than 90 days of water in its reservoirs. Day zero continues to loom.

Whether right or wrong, the burden of the biggest drought in a century has been placed squarely on the shoulders of the public. From bucket-filled homes to possible drought levies, frantic Cape Town citizens are monitoring every drop to avoid the scenario of queueing for 25 litres of water daily.

Bottled water is always an option for those who can afford it, and many homeowners have become innovative in their water-saving endeavours in and around the house. But what happens when it comes to cleaning your car?

Here is Auto Detail Centre’s 5 best tips for washing your car without wasting water:

  1. USE GREY WATER
    Even a bucket of grey water will do the trick. When you consider that a standard garden hose uses almost 40 litres of water per minute, the water wastage when using a hose speaks for itself.
  2. POLISH YOUR CAR REGULARLY
    Not only does a layer of polish provide a waterproof layer for dirt to run off, it also removes surface scratches and leaves your car looking newer than before.
  3. TREAT YOUR CAR LIKE A PRIZED PIECE OF FURNITURE
    Use furniture polish to keep your car shiny in between washes. While it can’t replace a proper wax, it’s quick and easy to apply for a quick shine.
  4. INVEST IN WATERLESS PRODUCTS
    Waterless products use a special spray that breaks the dirt down so that it can be easily removed without water. While it still uses some water, it can use as little as one cup of water per wash!
  5. WASH YOUR CAR WHEN IT RAINS
    Under normal circumstances, you would avoid the rain at all costs after having your car washed! With the drought, however, a summer rain shower is the perfect opportunity for you to get your car cleaned.

Added tip: Did you know that where you wash your car  makes a difference to the quality of our local groundwater? To prevent our local groundwater from being infiltrated, wash your car on a solid surface, such as a driveway or road, thereby forcing the water to run into storm drains.

Do you have any other tips for saving water when washing your car? Please feel free to comment below.

FYI, the current state of water augmentation in Western Cape: Click here for interview between John Maythem and Peter Flowers, Water and Sanitation Director, City of Cape Town

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