Car washing is permitted anytime during the period of Seasonal Water Use Restrictions and once per week only during Water Shortage Restrictions. By limiting or avoiding washing your car during the summer months you can greatly reduce your outdoor water use and reduce pressure on our City's water supply.
If you need to wash your car during the summer months, please follow these tips to ensure that you use the least amount of water necessary:
- The most water-efficient way to wash your car is by using a pressure washer at home or at a self-serve bay at a local car wash. Pressure washers use less water at a higher velocity compared to a standard garden hose. Washing your car in a self-serve bay uses approximately 20-60 litres depending on the size of your vehicle.
- Automatic car washes use significantly more water than self-serve bays. Depending on the options you choose they can use between 150-250 litres per wash.
- If washing your car at home, use a bucket and sponge and only allow the hose to run when you are rinsing off your vehicle.
- Don't forget that run-off water that ends up in the street enters our storm water system and drains into the Charlottetown Harbour. Be mindful of the soaps and other chemicals you use when washing your car as they can affect marine habitat. Allow run-off water to infiltrate into the ground rather than running into the street.