Up to 3.2 billion litres of water – the equivalent of 1,250 Olympic-sized swimming pools – is being sent down the drain every year in Greater Manchester, simply by Mancs washing their cars, according to new research revealed by Dropless for World Water Day.

With car washes using an average of 150-300 litres of water per wash, that’s enough water to empty out Chew Reservoir three times over, Greater Manchester’s largest body of water.

With the traditional car washing industry remaining largely unregulated, many sites can contribute to extensive water wastage and environmental pollution from cleaning chemicals being washed into rivers and waterways.

With nearly a third of UK car owners (29%*) washing their car at least once a month, Dropless, an app-based, mobile waterless car washing service, found that these car-proud Brits are responsible for more than 55 billion litres of chemically–polluted wastewater, some of which will end up in local rivers, streams and groundwater. That’s the equivalent of pouring 570 billion pints of beer down the sink!

Dropless is cleaning up the traditional car wash industry with a service that uses just two litres of diluted nano-solution per wash, helping drivers to bring down their carbon footprint and protect the environment.

If regular car washers in Manchester (those who wash their car at least once per month) did just one less car wash per year, or swapped it for a waterless service such as Dropless, we could save up to 117 million litres of water per year, the equivalent of:

1.5 million power showers
1.1 million baths
205 million pints of beer

Coined as the Uber of car washes, Dropless is not only helping Brits reduce their water wastage, but is also freeing up the valuable time of time-poor drivers with a convenient service that can be ordered right to your own home.

Mike Grindy, CEO and Co-founder of Dropless commented:

“The negative effects of the traditional car washing industry are shocking, which is why we created Dropless to revolutionise the unsustainable car washing industry and tackle the water wastage and pollution problem head-on. Simply swapping one monthly car wash for a waterless solution can potentially have a huge impact on water conservation, reducing water pollution and protecting wildlife.”

As a nation, we need to be more water aware and think more carefully about how we use it. It’s quite hard to appreciate how much water is used washing a car the traditional way, either by hand or using a machine or jet wash. It’s therefore really important to highlight the hidden impact of our regular water usage.”


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