Can I wash my vehicle when we are in water restrictions?

  • January 8, 2015

Yes, if the City is under Stage 1 or Stage 2 water restrictions, you can wash your vehicle at your residence on your designated outdoor watering day, during the allowed times, or you can take it to a commercial car wash facility any time.  However, if Stage 3 water restrictions are in effect, vehicles can only be washed at a commercial car wash between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Commercial car washes are not restricted during Stage 1 or Stage 2 water restrictions because they’re more efficient than washing a vehicle at a private residence.  They capture and treat the dirty, soapy water onsite, or through the wastewater lines, rather than letting the water drain into the stormwater system, which is what happens when vehicles are washed at home.  The commercial equipment uses more pressure and less gallons of water per minute than home washes, so overall they use less water per vehicle.