Car washes can reopen, Metro government says

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1:55pm
Staff reports

The Davidson County car wash industry is back in business this week — for limited hours.

After the historic flood earlier this month, car washes were temporarily shut down by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Metro government as part of the city’s effort to conserve water and curb usage in the aftermath of the flood.

But water reserve levels remain stable, and the K.R. Harrington water treatment facility, which was submerged and has been offline since May 2, is nearly repaired. In light of that, TDEC and Metro are permitting car washes to run from 4-9 p.m. today through Friday, May 28.

At the end of the restricted-hours week, officials with Metro Water Services will evaluate capacity levels and determine whether to reopen car washes to normal hours or continue restricted operation.

In an emailed statement, the Middle Tennessee Carwash Association said the 76 Davidson County car washes use less water than other industries and are responsible for less than 0.7 percent of Nashville’s daily water consumption.

They also note that professional car washes are much more efficient with water than owners washing their own vehicles. Many car washes reclaim and reuse water, unlike home car washes. MTCA said home car washing is the second greatest source of residential water use after lawn care. Professional washes use a tenth of the water used in home car washes. 

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8 Comments on this post:

By: dangerlover on 5/25/10 at 2:13

I wash my car at night so that less water evaporates. But that's just me being a tree hugger.

By: dargent7 on 5/26/10 at 6:17

If washing your car was off limits, illegal, how you figure doing it at night was ok?
You're lucky no one turned you in for the reward.

By: gdiafante on 5/26/10 at 7:11

I have news for Metro, car washes have been open since the flood. Oops.

By: dustywood on 5/26/10 at 7:45

Went to Murfeesboro Monday to get my car detailed. NOW the car washes will be open! Don't most commerical car washes filter and reuse their water?

By: calpalntn on 5/26/10 at 12:01

A lot of the car washes that ARE open do not use Metro water...they are under different utility districts, such as Madison, Lakewood, Old Hickory, etc. I am sure there are some Metro ones that have been open, but they have also been visited by Metro Police.

By: dangerlover on 5/26/10 at 2:02

dargent7, you don't get it. I don't wash it at night to avoid getting caught...I do it to save water.

By: d4deli on 5/26/10 at 6:05

My hats off to the carwash owners whose livelihood depends on folks washing their cars. They have taken a hit in the pocketbook while most folks are only thinking of their inconvenience. As far as being green.....I once saw someone from another country wash their car with a single bucket of water and a chamois. If you want to be green, there's a lesson to be learned. By the way, it works great!

By: dangerlover on 5/26/10 at 6:57

Yeah, but did they do it AT NIGHT.