It’s business as usual for Kemar, an employee from the Ultimate Car Care and Sports Bar is washing the car mats using a pressure pump machine. | JamaicaObserver.com

It’s business as usual for Kemar, an employee from the Ultimate Car Care and Sports Bar is washing the car mats using a pressure pump machine. | JamaicaObserver.com

While the drought in California has affected car wash owners there, it has also challenged many to innovate, creating “waterless” car washes and trying to thrive in less-than-ideal conditions. It’s also prompted those who typically wash their cars at home to visit a car wash instead because of certain water restrictions put in place in various counties. Car washes are generally more eco-friendly than the standard driveway wash.

But such has not been the case in parts of Jamaica where car wash owners there say similar weather conditions and restrictions have harmed business. The Jamaica Observer is reporting that many people assume car washes are closed these days given the drought conditions and won’t even stop by to check.

“Business is really bad,” said Shay Newman, owner of Just Clean Car Care Services in St Andrew. “Everything dead, people don’t come. It stop business big time.”

The paper reports that most car wash businesses have remained open by relying on water trucks to bring their water supply. But that method has proved unreliable and many owners say customers want their vehicles power washed, not cleaned with a hose. Read more about the problems Jamaican owners are facing at JamaicaObserver.com.