BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — According to an article on wbrc.com, on Nov. 4th, the Birmingham Water Works Board declared the city to be in Stage 4 Extreme Drought Emergency.

However, contrary to popular thought that people would wash their cars less to save water, the article continued, the Mister Car Wash location on Highway 280 actually hit record numbers in October.

While Mister Car Wash has limited some of its services through the different stages of the drought emergency, such as no longer pressure washing all cars that came through and ceasing high-dollar car detailing due to the amount of water it would use, the article stated, Michael Cribbs, who works for Mister Car Wash, said that those losses have been made up for by a spike in visitors that has kept the carwash very busy.

“We use rain days here as a way to get our maintenance done. You can imagine cleaning, say 10,000 cars in a month — that’s a lot of dirt that we have to clean up. So without that maintenance, we have had to come in at night and do our clean and stay until one in the morning to get everything ready for the next day of work,” Cribbs said.

Cribbs believes that people are coming in more frequently both for fear of being spotted washing cars at home and because of the dry and dusty weather, the article noted.

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