Drought is spurring innovation in Lebanon where a new car wash is offering services that only require one cup of water to clean an entire vehicle. The new car wash is based in Beruit where a drought is expected to hit the region soon. Wamda.com reports that the car wash started in November as a mobile app and has taken off.
“An average sized car would take around 250 liters of water at a carwash,” said Rami Hallal, cofounder and CEO. “We on the other hand use only one cup of water, along with other chemical products.”
The startup says they use a mixture of imported polishers, surfactants, which are detergent-like substances, and other wax-based compounds to perform what is known as dry car washing, a method they say is more effective and eco-friendly than using water.
The app allows users to book a service for as early as 15 minutes later. Their employees then use electric bikes to ride over to the customer’s vehicle, making them a pretty green business. The men who started the group actually met at a car wash and later launched their app. When they saw how well the company was doing on social media, they quit their jobs to pursue it full time.
The owners said it’s also the kind of business that attracts employees who like flexible schedules, including college students. The people who ride bikes to service vehicles are considered partners and don’t work directly for a boss.