The speed and convenience of washing your car at Metro Express Car Wash are obvious upon your first visit …which can take as little as five minutes from the time you pull in until you exit. But less obvious is the important fact that we reclaim the water used in our washing process, send the dirt and grime we collect to the landfill to be safely disposed of, and then discharge the excess water into the local water treatment facility. Computer-controlled metering of precisely the amount of water required for efficient cleaning contributes further to conservation. So, here’s how it all comes out “in the wash”:
Water consumed washing your car:
- Home Car Wash: 80-140 gallons
- Automatic car wash: 30-45 gallons
Modern car washes are the most environmentally friendly way to wash your car and the car wash industry and officials recognize Metro Express Car Wash as a leader in protecting water quality. Thanks to water conservation and recycling, one of our car washes uses about as much water as a mid-sized restaurant. In 2009, the City of Meridian gave us an Environmental Excellence Award for our water reclamation efforts.
Our soaps are certified biodegradable and any runoff from our site must be treated. Federal, state and local officials make periodic visits to make sure our pH is within regulatory limits. We spend about $40,000 a year to haul extracted dirt to the Ada County landfill, keeping that sediment out of the air and waterways. We also participate in the International Car Wash Association’s Water Savers program, which promotes environmentally responsible business practices.