Water - its importance and source

Water is one of the most important substances on earth. All plants and animals must have water to survive. If there was no water there would be no life on earth.

Geowash is not only mobile and luxuriously convenient, it is 100 % ecological and environmentally friendly, saving millions of litres of water annually. Eco-friendly Geowash is saving hundreds of litres of water by cleaning hundreds of thousands of cars around the world.

Apart from drinking it to survive, people have many other uses for water. These include:

  • cooking
  • washing their bodies
  • washing clothes
  • washing cooking and eating utensils; such as billies, saucepans, crockery and cutlery
  • keeping houses and communities clean
  • recreation; such as swimming pools
  • keeping plants alive in gardens and parks

Water is also essential for the healthy growth of farm crops and farm stock and is used in the manufacture of many products.

It is most important that the water which people drink and use for other purposes is clean water . This means that the water must be free of germs and chemicals and be clear (not cloudy).

Water that is safe for drinking is called potable water.

Disease-causing germs and chemicals can find their way into water supplies. When this happens the water becomes polluted or contaminated and when people drink it or come in contact with it in other ways they can become very sick.

Water that is not safe to drink is said to be non-potable. Throughout history there have been many occasions when hundreds of thousands of people have died because disease-causing germs have been spread through a community by a polluted water supply.

One of the reasons this happens less frequently now is that people in many countries make sure drinking water supplies are potable. Water supplies are routinely checked for germs and chemicals which can pollute water. If the water is not safe to drink it is treated. All the action taken to make sure that drinking water is potable is called water treatment.
(Source: Australian Govt. Health Department)

Water Scarcity: The Importance of Water & Access

Water is scarce. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it. Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. It is the foundation of life, a basic human need. Yet today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it. The importance of access to clean water cannot be overstated.

Wastes Water and Leads to Water Pollution

Most people who wash their cars at home don't realize where the contaminated water goes or how much is wasted. Home car washing releases contaminated water directly into the environment or into storm drains intended for rainwater. This causes pollution in our rivers, lakes and streams. Also, engineering studies show that a 5/8" hose running at 50 pounds per square inch uses 10 gallons of water per minute compared to washing your car at a self-serve car wash for only 11.1 gallons.

We have learned our lessons about polluting the environment. We disposed of trash by burning it in open areas until environmental concern decreased this form of pollution. It's time to recognize that home car washing is another serious pollution but it can be eliminated simply by using professional car washes.
(Source: The Water Project)

Professional Car Washes Use Water Safely and Efficiently

The Clean Water Act requires professional car washes to pipe their dirty water to water treatment facilities or into state-approved drainage facilities designed to protect the environment. Automatic and self-serve car washes also use water efficient equipment such as computer controlled systems and high-pressure nozzles and pumps, allowing them to clean cars thoroughly while conserving water.

10 Tips to Save Water

  • Check all your faucets for drips. By completely turning off faucets and reducing your amount of water used for tooth brushing, hand washing and shaving, you will help reduce your personal water consumption.
  • Install flow restrictors and other conservation devices on showers and faucets. These water savers are available in most hardware, grocery and discount stores.
  • Use your automatic washing machine and dish washer only for full loads. You will make the most of the water used.
  • In removing rust-causing salt from your car, use a professional car wash. Automatic and self-serve car washing uses far less water than the home wash that may result in wasted water, needlessly running hoses and tipping buckets.
  • Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers can waste up to ten gallons for each unused minute.
  • Place plastic bottles in your toilet tank. Fill them with water to weigh them down, placing them away from operating mechanisms. In the average home, this action can easily save ten or more gallons of water per day.
  • Check for leaks in your household pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. These can be found by thoroughly examining your pipes and plumbing systems. It's less expensive to fix than to continue paying for wasted water.
  • Instead of hosing, use a sweeper or broom to clean the garage, driveway, floors or sidewalk.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in your refrigerator. This is important to avoid wasteful running of tap water to cool it off for drinking.
  • Teach your children the facts of water usage. Practicing the tips listed here will help us have enough water for future generations.

(Source - GeoWash)

Washing your car at home not only uses more gallons of water than a commercial car wash, but it also can introduce soap, oil, and engine grime to the environment.

Professional Carwashes Are The Environment's Best Friends

By taking your vehicle to one of the many professional carwash facilities you are helping to preserve one of our country's most valued assets - the environment. Did you know that professional carwashes only use eight to 45 gallons of water per car depending on the type of carwash? Washing your car at home in the driveway, for only 10 minutes, wastes 80 to 140 gallons of water. To top that off, the untreated waste water and soaps, oils, and sludge from a home carwash seep directly into the environment via storm sewers, which are not intended for this type of use. The dirty water at a professional carwash is either treated and reused, piped to water treatment facilities or runs into municipal-approved drainage facilities & endash; much better solutions for the environment. Unfortunately, not enough motorists are aware of these facts.

Nearly 40 percent of the motoring public washes at home. This is a tragic reflection on how many of us treat the environment. But it doesn't have to be.If you haven't tried a professional carwash or you haven't been to one lately, there is no time like the present to get your vehicle thoroughly cleaned and conditioned while protecting the environment we all cherish.Another Danger to the Environment - Acid Rain.

Did you know that another danger to the environment & endash; acid rain & endash; is also a danger to your vehicle's finish? You don't have to look any further than your car's finish to see the effects of acid rain. Acid rain damage to automobile finishes is widespread and manifests itself in dull-looking spots that are etched into you car's finish. As a result, the professional carwash industry urges motorists to wash their cars after a rainfall in order to remove acid-containing rainwater produced by emissions from fossil-fuel burning engines or plants that react with your car's paint to form sulfuric and nitric acids.A professional carwash is able to remove this harmful acidity.

The International Carwash Association (ICA)

headquartered in Chicago, IL, recommends frequent washing (every 10 days) to help eliminate the problems of acid rain and keep your vehicle looking new. The average passenger car on the road today is nearly eight years old, which means car owners are keeping their cars longer and taking better care of them. Frequent professional car washing should be an important part of that care. Professional carwashes help preservethe environment while takingexcellent care of the investmentyou've made in your automobile. High-pressure nozzles and pumps at professional carwashes are designed to get the most use out of water flow and conserve water. Full-service carwashes use 15-32 gallons of water per cycle. Exterior-only carwashes use 15-28 gallons of water per cycle. In-bay automatic/rollover carwashes use 24-45 gallons of water per cycle. Self-serve (coin op) carwashes use 8-12 gallons of water per cycle. In 60 seconds, a typical five-eighths inch garden hose running at a typical household pressure of 50 psi (pressure per square inch) uses 14 gallons of water. Many carwashes recycle water or adjust spray nozzles to even further reduce overall water use.
(Source: ICA)