Methods for Saving Water Supply When Doing Mobile Onsite Detailing

If you own a mobile on-site detailing operation, then chances are you have a truck or a trailer with a plastic water tank inside. Perhaps it is 100 gallon or 150 gallon loaf tank and it has to get you through the day. If you have to stop and get water and refill, this will take precious time out of your day, or cause you to go back to another location, meaning you will spend more time driving in traffic, and a lot more fuel.

Of course, you could get a bigger tank, but the more water you carry, the more dangerous it is when you're driving due to the extra weight, and the worse gas mileage you will get, and at four dollars per gallon that's not something you need right now in your operating budget. This brings me to another issue. Last year, I was having a conversation with someone and Southwest Florida about their automotive detailing business.

They told me that they were going to add another rig because they had a lot of business, but they were trying to decide if they should go with dry wash, or another mobile washing rig which used water and a pressure washer to clean the vehicles. Yes, they too were having a drought in the area. It is not just the Southwest side of Florida, all of Florida is having challenges with water shortages and droughts. The citizens are quite concerned, so when they see a business using water, if they see too much runoff, they get upset.

Recently I read an interesting piece on the issue of water scarcity article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Big Water Users Get Flak in Drought - Calls for Surcharges as Vast Amounts Consumed by Wealthy Palm Beach Residents Draw Ire of Neighbors" by Arian Campo-Flores (published on July 11, 2011). The article discussed the local code enforcement and water police, along with the municipal regulations on water use. Interestingly enough, prior to retirement I encountered these challenges in cities across the country.

Now then, how do you clean cars without using very much water if you are using a pressure washer? Well, what I recommend is that you spray the car for about 40 seconds at 1200 PSI using a 45-degree tip and get it wet, then soap the car, without trying to create too much suds, and then rinse the car with a 25-degree tip 2200 PSI, blasting the water away. It should take you between 20 and 30 seconds to rinse. If you are using a pressure washer which only puts out 2.2 gallons of water per minute, then you only have 1 minute worth of spraying time, therefore you will be well under 3 gallons of water for each car that you wash.

This means there won't be much runoff because the water will be spread around the car, and it will look like you are conserving water by passersby. And the reason it will look as if you are saving water - is because you actually are. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes writing 24,000 articles by July 24, 2011 is going to be difficult because all the letters on his keyboard are now worn off now.

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