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January 25, 2012
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Colorado's largest tunnel to give away 10,000 washes


GRAND JUNCTION, CO — Colorado's largest tunnel carwash here will give away 10,000 free washes to celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting, according to a press release.

The Dec. 19 release stated that the Splish Splash Car Wash opens after Christmas, and the business is a $4.5 million investment that offers state-of-the-art technology with 24 free vacuums, free mat cleaners and free tire air stations.

The wash will be environmentally friendly, using non-toxic chemicals and green cleaning products, the release noted. Splish Splash will also reclaim and reuse the facility's water, which will save 150 gallons of water per minute.

The tunnel will be able to wash 200 cars per hour in an assembly line fashion with no waiting, the release stated. Splish Splash intends to "Eliminate the Wait" using the latest technology in automated conveyor tunnels.

The tunnel will offer heated power dry, underbody flush with rust guard, triple foam protectant, tire and wheel cleaner, clear coat protectant, tire shine and complete surface protectant.

Autobell's reclaim the toast of WaterSavers stop


RALEIGH, NC — The International Carwash Association (ICA) brought its WaterSavers Tour – Go Pro for H20 here to inform customers about the environmental benefits of professional carwashing, according to a press release.

The Sept. 29 release stated that the tour stopped at an Autobell Car Wash in Raleigh, and there ICA CEO Eric Wulf was joined by Monty Rast, director of operations with Autobell.

To demonstrate just how clean reclaimed water from carwashes can be, the pair shared a toast of reclaimed water from the spigot in Autobell's Aqua Bio 100 percent reclaim water treatment system, the release noted.

According to the release, as the two men raised their champagne glasses filled with reclaimed water, Rast said, "Here's one small sip for a man," then Wulf added, "one giant gulp for mankind's recycling."

The pair sipped the water and described it as "clean and refreshing," the release stated.

New Auto Spa can wash 180 cars per hour


LAFAYETTE, LA — A new $3 million conveyor carwash, Classic Auto Spa, is scheduled to open here in June, and will be able to wash 180 cars an hour and will have a 160-foot tunnel from Tommy Car Wash Systems, theadvertiser reported.

The April 12 story said the tunnel will be made of windows to offset any feelings of claustrophobia. It will also have outdoor and indoor waiting areas and a separate detailing area.

Owner Mark Veverica has a 30-year lease for the 1.6-acre property.

A 750-gallon tank will collect and treat a lot of the water used. Veverica said in the story, "We can't reclaim all of the water, as it would be cost prohibitive, and in Louisiana, it's not an issue like it is in other states that get far less rainfall."

New carwash and multi-profit center okayed for MN


LINDSTROM, MN — The Lindstrom City Council has approved plans for a new carwash/c-store and gas station multi-profit center, according to a Chisago County Press story.

The Aug. 25 story stated that a conditional use permit was issued for the business in a 4-0 vote which will allow for open outdoor storage, a parking area and general site improvements.

The multi-profit center will be open 24/7. The carwash will recycle and re-circulate filtered water through a buried settling tank.