Can You Believe This Massachusetts Car Wash Law Is A Thing?
Rain is in the forecast for what seems like thirtieth day in a row here in Massachusetts. Mid-spring, we were under a fire weather warning due to dry conditions, however, the opposite is now the reality.
You know who is not worried about getting shut down at the moment? Car Wash businesses.
I remember as a young boy growing up in Massachusetts when one summer we were experiencing a drought. There were orders from the state to limit water use including your local car wash.
I didn't know this at the time, or maybe it didn't exist back then ('90s), but car washes are actually quite water conscious in terms of consumption and reuse. High pressure hoses and the recycling of water really make a difference.
What you probably didn't know is that although you're spending a little more money, you're doing the environment a great service. Yes, you read that correctly.
Can You Believe This Massachusetts Car Wash Law Is A Thing? Yes.
Here's Why Washing You Car In Your Driveway Is Bad And They Don't Want You To Do It...
The dirt, grime, oil, and soapy water all end up down the storm drain, and that can be harmful to the water supply.
There's no problem with washing your car. It's just how and where you do it. The average driveway car wash uses a total of 116 gallons of water! Most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water in the entire washing process than a simple home wash uses just to rinse off a car.
Most soap contains phosphates and other chemicals that harm fish and water quality. The soap, together with the dirt and oil washed from your car, flows into nearby storm drains which run directly into lakes, rivers, or marine waters.
The phosphates from the soap can cause excess algae to grow. Algae look bad, smell bad, and harm water quality. As algae decay, they use up oxygen in the water that fish and other wildlife need. -mass.gov
In some town bylaws, it may say that a ticket or a fine could be issued if you're caught washing your vehicle in your driveway. Massachusetts as a whole, however, at this time has not enacted any law showing its illegality. If you must wash your vehicle at your home, it has been recommended that you do it on the grass.
I hope you found this post informative.