Cape Town Drought: How to Save Water while Washing a Car

Cape Town Drought: How to Save Water while Washing a Car

February 24, 2020
Posted by: Estefan

Cape Town’s water drought is only worse and reports state that the City is driving rapidly toward ‘Day Zero’.

While the eco-friendly majority of the Western Cape are following the Municipal’s stricken guidelines on water-saving, the benighted minority continue to live by the dense philosophy of ‘why should I cut down on water consumption when it’s not my fault that we’re in a drought?’ Yes, there are indeed those out there with this mindset.

But, consider the effects of retaining untaught knowledge about the implications of Cape Town’s water crisis:

When day zero strikes, you would wish you had joined the rainbow nation’s water-saving movement.

In sight of water conservation, the City of Cape Town mayor, Patricia De Lille, announced on Thursday a set of new level 6B water restrictions. The new restrictions entails that from Thursday, 1st February 2018, residents of Cape Town will be restricted to 50-litres of water per day rather than 80-litres, as the City’s dam have dropped a gear level down to 13%.

One of the biggest water usages comes from washing a car, however taking a few steps goes a long way to saving water…  

With Cape Town’s 50-litres per day drought-caused water restrictions, here’s how you can save water while washing your second hand car in 7 efficient ways:

7. If you prefer using a car cleaner, ensure that you buy a waterless car cleaner with a microfibre towel.

6. Using a microfiber cloth, dry your car by wiping it in a circular motion.

5. Wash your car in a shaded area to avoid fast water evaporation that comes with washing your car in the sun.

4. If you’re using a hose to wash your car, attach a nozzle to the hose to regulate water flow.

3. Use a bucket of soapy water instead of an open hose.

2. Lessen the frequency of your car wash by washing your car once a month or even every 2-months.

1. Take your car to a commercial car wash, as it will use much less water than washing the car yourself. Many car washes try to reduce their water consumption by recycling 10% to 80% of the water used; as well as recycling harmful chemicals through a sanitary sewer which carries the dirty water to a wastewater treatment plant.

If you’re a car owner, then you’d know that a vehicle’s radiator requires a coolant to keep it from overheating. However, the coolant requires a mix of a few litres of water – generally, a 50/50 ratio of coolant and water. The amount of coolant and water required for the average vehicle, depends on the size of the vehicle and its radiator, of course. Not to mention, your window wipers also require a 1 to 2-litres of water.

So, ask yourself this question: is owning a car really worth the unnecessary consumption of water during a water drought which limits you to 50-litres of water per day, as Cape Town draws closer to Day Zero?

Sell your car for cash to and use cash in hands to stock up on gallons of water before Day Zero hits. You’ve only got less than 3-months to save water. Get a free online car valuation and book an obligation-free inspection to get more for your second-hand car.

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