The dry weather across the Northstate isn’t necessarily bad for business. Car wash companies are thriving during these unseasonably warm winter months.
“We're definitely not used to wearing shorts and tee shirts and having 80 degree weather in January,” explained Manager Tom Fields of the Clean Car Car Wash in Redding.
Long lines of cars idled, all waiting for a good scrubbing at the Churn Creek Road location. But Fields explained that this winter blessing could become a summer curse. If enough rain doesn’t fall by the time the heat peaks, car washes could see their water usage drastically cut.
Conserving water in the long run is something Fields believes is important to both the community and his work.
"For water conservation alone, you actually spend 40 percent less water at a professional car wash rather than doing it yourself at home,” said Fields.
People who wash their car in their driveway usually use anywhere from 100 to 140 gallons of water per car.
Fields said that’s a major factor in why Clean Car Car Wash recycles their water.
“A lot of car washes in California recycle water and that's huge in itself. We recycle up to 60 percent at a given time,” explained Fields.