Un lavage à haute pression consomme entre 50 et 60 litres d'eau.

Drought: Toulouse residents not ready to give up their car wash habits

While Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, and Lot have begun to put in place measures to restrict water use for farmers, communities, and individuals, vehicle washing is one of the activities subject to restrictions. In theory, and many are unaware of it, regulations (recorded in departmental health regulations) It is already forbidden to wash your car on the street or even at home On a private road, compared to the discharge of wastewater on a public road. There are still car washes, often frequented by ordinary employees who have made cleaning their cars a mandatory and regular pass.

One in five drivers washes their car once a month

Once every three/four weeks or even once a week they all say it in chorus at many resorts in Toulouse and Venue, when it’s not pollen or mosquitoes, pollution, or weekend activity polluting their car and requiring a high-pressure jet Or go under the pulleys. They don’t know it, but the first method takes 50-60 liters of water, 100-350 liters for the second method. No one hesitates to say it quite frankly They never ask themselves the question of water consumptionincluding in the summer.

In 2017, IFOP conducted a study on these consumer habits of the specialized Kleen company, we learned that 18% of motorists wash their cars at least once a month and 34% wash them once every 2-3 months. 1% of households admit to never washing their cars.

Environmentally friendly alternative solutions

Car wash centers obligated to recycle their wastewaterLoaded with oils and fuels. But they end up being rejected in the natural environment via the rainwater network, in Toulouse in the Garonne.

In Saint-Alban, north of Toulouse, Claude Paris created Cocoon Auto In 2018. Defining itself as a hub for environmental and solidarity car detailing and initially focused on private customers, its employees now go to company parking lots to clean company cars, without water. But at the Saint-Alban site, cylinder and several high-pressure aircraft are used by employees. “We have a plant purification basin with drains, bacteria decompose substances and we find drinking water at the outlet. We collect, store and reuse rainwater in a closed circuitClaude Paris explains that other centers treat waste water for reuse without being potable.

At Cocoon Auto in Saint-Alban, water is completely recycled in a closed circuit. © Radio France
Benedict Dupont

Finally, dry cleaning is clearly the least water consuming solution. in Montauban, Vulcanite It’s been a hit since 2006, particularly with vintage and luxury car owners, with a wipe-down solution that traps all kinds of dirt. It’s still a waste, but Eric Berenson, the boss, is at least satisfied with not using water, he knows the “car wash” world so well. “The regulations are set so that we measure the rate of pollutants per liter of water. By shedding a lot of water, we can shed a lot of pollutants. The more diluted it is, the more acceptable it is. Therefore, large car wash chains are interested in using as much water as possible.‘, is the detail.

In France, Wash, a subsidiary of Total Energies, which owns about 1,100 independent stations, dominates the car wash market, ahead of the famous Elephant Bleu (470 stations).

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