CHARLOTTE, NC — A columnist with the Charlotte Observer here praised the environmental advantages of professional carwashing.

The April 18 column stated that at-home washing is one of the most environmentally unfriendly ways to clean a vehicle. Writer Terri Bennett pointed out that oil, brake dust and harsh detergents run down driveways into storm drains that lead to rivers, lakes and streams.

Bennett said in the story that she preferred visiting a responsible carwash facility. A carwash uses half the water of a driveway wash and the used wash water will be routed to a sewer system for treatment.

Many carwash also recycle water and sell carwash vouchers for “better” fundraiser wash events, the story noted.

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