Washing Your Car Can Get You Up To $1,000 Fine – Is Your City Affected?

SACRAMENTO has issued a “Water Alert” asking residents and businesses to reduce their water use by 20%

This warning can result in fines of up to $1,000 for car washing.

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Sacramento residents are only allowed to wash their cars during the city’s watering schedule.

The Sacramento website states that locals:

  • Wash your car before 10am and after 7pm
  • Prevent wasted water from running onto sidewalks or forming ponds.
  • Skip washing your vehicle 48 hours after an eighth of an inch of rain.
  • Wash their cars with an auto shut-off nozzle.

Landscapes are exempt from these rules if there are two or more consecutive days with 100 degrees or hotter weather in Sacramento, depending on the location of the city.

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Sacramento residents who do not comply with the city’s water warning rules will:

  • Receive an alert on their first notification
  • Pay a $50 fine for their second termination
  • Pay a $200 fine for their third infraction
  • After a third notification, pay $1,000 for each offense

Sacramento’s $50 fine for a second water alert can be waived by participating in a water conservation program, Fox reports.

California isn’t the only state enforcing drought restrictions.

The city of Texas Coastal Bend, Corpus Christi, has put its drought reduction plans into effect as water levels in the region drop to 43.7%, 3News reports.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has published some tips for conserving water when washing your wheels.

A standard garden hose uses 100 gallons of water per minute, which equates to 100 gallons for a ten-minute wash, reports the Maryland Department of the Environment.

An automatic shut-off nozzle on your standard garden hose will save you up to 70 gallons per wash.

Drivers with access to a pressure washer save even more water since pressure washers use around 2-5 gallons per minute.

If you don’t have the resources to mindfully wash your car, visit a car wash that recycles their water.

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Many modern car washes recycle their water and end up using far less water than car washes that don’t, reports the Maryland Department of Energy.

Check your city’s website to stay up to date on all water use restrictions enacted and skip fines. Washing Your Car Can Get You Up To $1,000 Fine – Is Your City Affected?

Chris Barrese

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