Hey there and welcome to ‘Car washing and drought in Australia: a users guide’ our guide to how the water restrictions that are in place around the country may effect you and how you clean your car. Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent, we are all a little mad to be here in the first place, it’s no wonder that so many of us make sure we live down by the big blue!
Lazy bloody kangaroos! Don’t they know we are trying to work our way out of a recession!
We regularly have widespread drought in our fair land and that means water shortages all round. The state has long responded by imposing water usage restrictions to manage the problem. These restrictions can have some negative effects on businesses who may, especially in the summer months, have cooling systems that rely on the circulation of cold water. Such systems used to be common place but have been phased out and replaced by high functioning industrial fans from Beatson in most places. Still, it shoes the far reaching effects something as simple as water usage restrictions can have. One of the first targets for restriction is how we wash our cars. Washing your car at home with a hose uses a lot of water…
Put that thumb away! Lives are at stake…
The restrictions vary around the country, with most states operating at various ‘stages’ at different times. Stage 1 for instance, the least restrictive stage, may say you can only wash your car at home once a week or at a commercial car wash. Stage 2 may say you can only do it once a month or at a commercial car wash. Stage three, the most restrictive stage, may say that you cannot do it at home at all, but have to take it to a commercial car wash.
At the commercial car wash yeah!
You can check your local restrictions and how they will effect your life both in regards to cleaning your car and more generally, on the internet and at your local government office. It is important that you do as you can be liable for a fine and maybe even prosecution if you break the restrictions. The more you know!
So be careful out there! Make sure you are aware of your local restrictions on water use!