Car washes across the drought-stricken West have taken great measures to reduce their water usage in the past year or two. Most, like Divisadero Touchless Car Wash in San Francisco, have installed systems that reduce per-vehicle water usage.
But now Divisadero is taking their H20 savings a step further by completely shutting down operations on Wednesdays. Starting this Wednesday, if you want to wash your car in Sacramento, you’ll have to go somewhere else or come back on Thursday. But the owner, Robert Bentley, is hoping going someplace else won’t be an option.
“Primarily, the decision was made because we’re environmentally conscious,” Bentley told Hoodline.com. “We’re doing our part to conserve water. We hope that other car washes will follow suit.” He estimates the car wash business will save about 7,500 gallons of water each week by closing on the weekday.
Meanwhile, he’s not letting go of any employees or cutting their pay. Instead, he’s moving some of them to weekend shifts to bulk up on busy days when they’re usually short-staffed anyway. “This has actually enabled us to refine our staffing according to business demands. It’s a win-win situation all around,” he said.
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