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Commercial Car Washes Conserve Water and Protect Water Quality

LINK TO VIDEO FILEhttp://imedia.unr.edu/Tahoe/98_CarWash.asx (01:48)
TitleCommercial Car Washes Conserve Water and Protect Water Quality
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at http://www.tahoe.unr.edu/resources/Segment098.pdf
Date Original2004-12-14
Summary/DescriptionThe Lake Tahoe Report Segment #98 - "Car Wash" (Air Date: December 28, 2004). Mark Lowenstern from Cross Roads Car Wash discusses how his business is using a water reclamation system that saves thousands of gallons of water a week.
SubjectCar washes
Water conservation -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (http://www.lteec.org)
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, http://www.lteec.org or 775-832-4138.
Formatvideo/wmv
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Languageeng
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 98: Car Wash Air Date: December 28, 2004 Anchor Intro: Northern Nevada and California are in the midst of a five-year drought. That means water is in short supply. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes us to an unlikely place for water conservation…Truckee's Cross Roads Car Wash. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) Believe it or not, the Cross Roads Car Wash recycles 90-percent of the water it uses. But that doesn't mean these cars are being washed with dirty water. The recycled water pumping out of this wash is nearly as clean as the water that comes from the tap thanks to some European technology and a simple, yet state of the art reclamation system. ((sot @ 9:13 Mark Lowenstern, Cross Roads Car Wash)) "the cars come out clean and shiny and there's no difference except that locally people are environmentally conscious and they thank me for the fact that I'm saving thousands of gallons a week." ((Track 2)) Not only is he saving water, but money as well in reduced water and sewer fees. This is the way the system works: as the soapy dirty water drips off the cars it drains into a series of 15-hundred gallon holding tanks. The water is kept moving 24 hours a day and eventually makes its way through the equipment room. ((Sot @ 7:51)) "Where the water is aerated and filtrated and there's natural enzymes to eat all the bacteria, so it sort of functions as a stream would naturally flow downstream where it's constantly moving and gets the oxygen in the system and the sediment settles to the bottom." ((track 3)) And the specially designed biodegradable soap that is used in the car wash actually helps in that process to clean the water. The reclaimed water is then put back into the system and is used over and over again to clean cars. The only fresh water that is used is in the final rinsing process. Lowenstern says he installed this reclamation system because it's not only good for business, it's good for the environment as well. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: Mark Lowenstern has a background in engineering. He purchased his water reclamation system from a European company and put the entire system together himself.

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