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Chico businesses working to conserve water in drought

50 of California’s 58 counties are now under a drought emergency and local businesses are doing what they can to save water.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 4:43 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2021 10:51 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Eric's Car Wash in Chico is still able to wash cars while doing everything it can to conserve water.

Carol Sanchez headed out Wednesday afternoon to get her car washed, but not without a little hesitation.

"I was thinking to come to the car wash but I was really concerned thinking they were going to shut them down because we are in a water drought so that was a worry,” Sanchez said.

"People have not been coming in actually,” Manager at Eric’s car wash Katie Jenkins said. “One because of the temperature and because of the drought people think we are using gallons and gallons of water which is not true."

Jenkins said not to worry because Eric's Car Wash recycles its water.

"If you see a spout with a red, that usually means it is recycled water and one of the other spouts we have is actually our freshwater which we are not using too often,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said it has a reclaim switch that turns on the recycled water.

"All of the recycled water just goes through this one machine and then it comes back out our hoses,” Jenkins said. “The only time we use freshwater is when we rinse them off to make sure they are actually clean and then we send them through a machine and hand dry them at the end."

"It is perfect," Sanchez said. “If they are recycling, then it is more power for them and they are able to stay up and working."

Jenkins said the car wash is certified green by the Car Wash Association.

Other car washes in Chico like the Surf Thru Express and the California Car Wash also recycle their water.

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