Car wash living with conservation measures

By Darrell Todd Maurina

Requests to restrict water use in Clovis won’t be a major burden to at least one car wash, according to Washpointe owner and manager Eric Wuest.
“It may affect us some, but we already recycle our water,” Wuest said. “It’s not like it all goes down the drain.”
Wuest showed a series of three 500 gallon tanks in his business that take water left over after a vehicle is washed, filter out solids, and turn it into “gray water” that is used again. The wash bays are designed to collect water and limit waste, he said.
“The water mostly stays in here and goes in circles,” Wuest said. “It’s a simple system but it works great.”
Wuest said modern car washes are usually designed to save water, partly because of strict conservation rules in California that many businesses elsewhere have chosen to follow even without government pressure because they save money and are good for the environment. Wuest said his business water bill is only about three to four times the bill paid by his father for home water usage.
“The car wash industry went into recycling years ago, it’s nothing new,” Wuest said. “It’s necessary to save money, it’s necessary to save water, it’s only common sense, especially in dry climates like this.”
Conservation is important to Wuest, not only because he wants to save water but also because he needs to cut unnecessary costs.