Water Crisis

“A year ago Lake Powell, which borders both the States of Utah and Arizona and serves 7 states, reached its lowest level since Jimi Hendrix played Woodstock and Neil Armstrong made his giant leap onto the moon. A sustained drought had sucked out two-thirds of its water, exposing 140 vertical feet of once drowned cliffs.”

That is exactly how the article in the April, 2006 issue of National Geographic starts out. Make no mistake about it there is a drought on and it is encompassing the entire nation. Just think about it. . .Lake Powell, which has a shoreline of 1,986 miles and upon completion of the dam to create it took another 14 years to fill!! That’s right 14 years long to fill a lake that size and now it barely contains a third of all that water. One of the premier National Recreation Areas in the country for water enthusiasts, until a continuous drought struck at the beginning of the 21st century and now it is drying up at an average rate of an inch a day . . .by last spring more than 100 square miles of canyons had resurfaced for the first time in decades. And yet the people of this and other countries use potable water as if there will never be a shortage . . .well folks there is now.

What DWG International™ promotes is not only water-saving technology but in water-saving period. It is a lifestyle change-over. . .try turning the water off when brushing your teeth or shaving. . .when washing dishes fill the sink with “rinse” water. The point is whether you acknowledge it or not there is a crisis in the making and unless we do something about it then the worse is yet to come. At this time in history our products are more important than ever and showing others the DWG line of great waterless products assists in saving the earth’s most valuable resource . . .WATER!!

We suggest that you go out and get a copy or two of this article and use it to help promote water-saving technologies and to assist in opening the eyes of those that are still in denial about whether there will be plenty of water to go around.*

*The preceding global email contains direct quotes from the April, 2006 issue of National Geographic and the article by Daniel Glick entitled, “A Dry Red Season, Drought drains Lake Powell – uncovering the glory of Glen Canyon.”

SALT LAKE CITY — The city recently unveiled a proposal that would ban home carwashing as part of several restrictions on how residents and businesses use water during times of drought.

Up to now, the city has relied primarily on voluntary measures, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

In cracking down on water waste, Salt Lake City would join Sandy, UT, which last year became Utah's first major city to enact tough water conservation measures, according to the newspaper.

Other Utah cities are expected to follow suit as summer nears, the article said.

The Tribune said that the city's new drought response plan, to be finalized next week, would categorize the drought conditions in five or six graduated phases, based on the state of the city's average water supply. Each phase would bring additional restrictions.

In the "severe" phase, the newspaper said, when supplies drop to 70 percent, outdoor watering would be restricted to two days per week, restaurants could not serve water unless guests ask for it, and cars could only be washed at commercial facilities that recycle the wash water.

Campbell, R-San Angelo, announced the series to educate the public on ways to reduce water usage.
A radio spot features a 12-year-old girl explaining how much water is wasted when people leave the faucet running while brushing their teeth.
Other communities pumping water from O.H. Ivie Reservoir also are participating in the campaign.
Campbell said he has been working on the idea for the program ever since he took office and has garnered support from several representatives. Speaker Tom Craddick of Midland, state Reps. Buddy West of Odessa and Bob Hunter of Abilene are supporting the public service announcements in those areas as well, Campbell said.
Announcements also include how to shop for appliances that conserve water and the type of sprinkler systems to use in landscaping.
''We probably all waste water somehow,'' Campbell said. ''Now, we have to do everything we can to save water. Water is a limited resource and we have to save what we have. It's an awareness program and features some real simple measures that we all can take to conserve water. It's not a law and it's nothing you have to do, but water is limited and we are asking people to help us through conservation.''
WASHINGTON - - Federal regulations are on the way requiring tighter controls on water runoff that ends up in storms sewers and eventually the nation's waterways, meaning detailers may have to control the runoff from cars they are cleaning or face stiff fines.

"Its going to have a tremendous impact on detailers", Prentice St. Clair, president of San Diego-based Detail in Progress and a consultant to the industry, told Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine.

The regulations are part of the Clean Water Act administered through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The requirements include the control of stormwater quality, stormwater runoff into waterways and erosion. Some small communities may be exempt, according to the EPA, but for most the responsibility shifts to the municipalities to limit the pollution that can come from stormwater.

Detailers "need to take steps to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act or face a large fine," said St. Clair.

He acknowledged that some communities may not be as persistent as others, but controlling the pollutants that result from cleaning cars is "something that needs to be addressed, not only from a legal standpoint, but from an ethical standpoint."

The EPA has said that non-point pollution sources, of which runoff is a large part, are the main polluter of water in the nation.

The full story on this issue will be found in the upcoming April issue of Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine.


San Marcos will enter Stage 2 drought restrictions effective Monday, May 7 2012 at noon in response to quickly falling levels of the Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer has dropped 19 feet in the last 30 days.

San Marcos Stage 2 rules restrict use of sprinklers, sprinkler systems, foundation watering, soaker hoses and at-home car washing to limited hours on one designated weekday. Stage 2 also limits watering of golf courses and athletic fields, prohibits filling new swimming pools and outdoor decorative water features, and washing paved surfaces.

Hand watering is allowed on any day and at any time.

· Irrigation with a soaker hose or drip irrigation system is allowed only one day per week on the designated weekday between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.

· Irrigation of golf courses and athletic fields with sprinklers is allowed only one day per week on the designated weekday between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.

· Charity car washes are prohibited except at a certified commercial car wash.

· At-home car washing is allowed only on the designated weekday between the hours of 6  a.m. to 10  a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight and must be done using a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff device.

· Swimming pools located outdoors must have at least 25 percent of the water surface area covered when not in use.

· Filling of new swimming pools is prohibited.

· Operation of outdoor decorative water features is prohibited.

· Washing of impervious surfaces is prohibited unless required for health and safety use.

· Foundation watering is allowed only one day per week on the designated weekday between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.

· Restaurants are allowed to serve water only upon specific request by the customer.

· All other non-essential water use is prohibited.

This fall, the mayor and city council members in Charlottesville, VA, voted to go to Phase II drought restriction — banning all vehicle washing and essentially shutting down all carwashes in the city of Charlottesville. The decision was made without the consultation of carwash operators and forced some to take drastic measures to keep their businesses afloat. Steve Parks, owner and operator of Classy Car Wash, had his water shut off and his wash closed until October 31, forcing him to truck water in from an outside source for over a month in order to stay open. “This had a devastating effect in terms of profitability,” Parks said. According to Parks, the number of customers he would normally see that time of year was off by about 50 percent. Parks, who spent approximately $9,000 not including infrastructure changes due to pressure systems, trucked his water in for 30 days at a cost of $300 a load — 5,000 gallons — and lasted about one day. “We were singled out,” Parks said. While many other businesses were told to reduce by 20 percent, “they just flat shut us down,” he explained. The shutdown took place with only a day or two of notice to the carwashes. Part of the problem is that Charlottesville, like other cities in the region, has had tremendous residential and commercial growth and no new sources of water.

“They have not provided the infrastructure to support the growth,” David Dugoff, vice president, Mid-Atlantic Car Wash Association, said. Two days after the Charlottesville decision was made, Albemarle County followed. Both are serviced by the Albemarle Service Authority. Albemarle County had 15 affected carwashes, of which 11 reopened by trucking water into their facilities. One carwash took an alternative route, transforming itself into a “waterless carwash” by using chemicals for washing and one gallon of water for rinsing.

On October 31, the restrictions were lifted with more than a little help from the relatively new Mid-Atlantic Car Wash Association (MCA), comprised of carwash operators from Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Association assistance MCA played a part in rectifying the situation by openly stating the unfairness of the city’s decision via the local airways. At the same time, it started raining again in the area, refilling the local reservoir. The reservoir was soon hitting 70 percent, the point at which, according to Dugoff, the water authority had verbally agreed to reconsider the carwash closings. “Then the tide really changed,” Dugoff said. “The political tide really just turned for us,” Dugoff commented.MCA saw better than a 30 percent reduction in total water consumption in about a month, and from that, carwashes only accounted for less than one percent. “People in the city and county have gone to extraordinary lengths to conserve water,” Dugoff said. “They’re taking Navy showers out there.”Unfortunately, the wash closings in Virginia this fall were not the first in the region or the first this year that the MCA found itself opposing. Thurmont, MD, located close to Camp David, has two carwashes that the city decided to close in February of 2002.MCA wrote a letter asking the city to re-open the washes. However, before any further action could be taken, the city had a change of heart, realizing that closing the two washes didn’t alter the city’s water situation and the washes were allowed to re-open.“I would like to say that we persuaded the city,” Dugoff said, “but I am not sure that is really the case.”

For many people, especially on the East Coast, the rain and snow seemed like it was never going to quit. Many of those areas may still be experiencing horrific weather conditions even though we are heading into Spring. However, the weather is just the opposite in other states – especially Arizona, California and Nevada where a severe drought is in effect. Although the drought situation is currently focused in California and other Southwestern States, there is still a global water crisis. Simply put, less than 1% of the world’s water supply is suitable for human consumption.
When Dri Wash ‘n Guard was first introduced into the market 24 years ago, the public had never heard of a waterless car wash product. Skepticism was prevalent until a physical demonstration proved how effective Dri Wash ‘n Guard was at cleaning a dirty vehicle without water. The same sub-market that Dri Wash ‘n Guard invented has now grown into a multi-million dollar industry within the car washing industry. It is widely accepted that using Dri Wash ‘n Guard to clean your vehicle without the use of water is safe, easy, fun, and has positive lasting effects from its high level of PolyGuard-3™ protection. DWG International has created a car care industry and we own that market!
I’m often asked the question, “How much water does Dri Wash ‘n Guard Waterless Car Wash and Protective Glaze® really save?” Although this is a simple question with a powerful answer, let’s dissect this question with a couple of Dri Wash ‘n Guard facts: 
• It takes approximately two ounces of product to Dri Wash a standard size vehicle 
• The amount of water actually in the formula is fractional
When a person washes their vehicle at home, the amount of water used is 40-60 gallons of fresh water; assuming the person is using an automatic shut-off sprayer on their garden hose. One trip to a commercial car wash uses 100-150 gallons of precious drinking water per vehicle. Dri Wash ‘n Guard products outperform everything else on the market and have saved billions of gallons of fresh water.
Bottom line, washing your car the old fashion way wastes water! Whether it be 40-60 gallons at home in your driveway or 100-150 gallons at an automatic car wash facility, there is fresh water being wasted on vehicles at the expense of the environment. Dri Wash ‘n Guard has been the solution to this problem for over 24 years!
Now is the time for all DWG International Distributors to spread the word about Dri Wash ‘n Guard. People are busy and they want a product that is easy, quick and can be used anywhere. Dri Wash ‘n Guard does just that and gives a beautiful shine with unmatched protection against the outdoor elements. There are consumers everywhere looking for our product because of all these benefits.
I encourage all of you to join our “water saving crusade” and be part of the solution. Let’s go out and “SQUIRT THE DIRT”!