Drought: Some L.A. County Supers Wash Their Cars Multiple Times per Week

Some have even seen usage increase since the water saving mandate went into effect.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is the most frequent washer currently getting a wash over 3 times a week. Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe are both averaging over twice a week. The two newest supervisors, Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, are averaging around one weekly wash.

Mayor Eric Garcetti called for city agencies to consider converting washes to recirculated water. About a third of the city’s carwashes reuse water.

L.A. County, however, currently has no facilities that use recirculated water, meaning each wash is using 80 to 100 gallons of water per vehicle.

The International Carwash Association has published figures placing recirculated water systems around 15 to 20 gallons per vehicle.

None of the supervisors have made comment on the matter yet.

Additionally, there are currently no limits on the use of the car wash facilities.

More on L.A. County Officials washing their cars can be found here.

Image Credit: Flickr User superfem, https://flic.kr/p/Q2XEa via (CC BY 2.0)


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