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Navigating California’s Wastewater Regulations for Car Wash Businesses

Operating a car wash business in the sunny state of California comes with its own set of rules and responsibilities—particularly when it comes to managing wastewater. In the face of increasing environmental concerns, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region’s Order No. 93-600, sets forth comprehensive guidelines that businesses, including car washes, must adhere to for the disposal of wastewater.

This stringent regulation falls under the larger umbrella of efforts to protect our precious water resources and ensure that the local ecosystems thrive without the adverse impacts of industrial waste. But what does this mean for car wash operators in California? Here’s what you need to know to stay compliant and contribute positively to our environment.

Understanding the General Waste Discharge Requirements

The Order stipulates that all on-site subsurface wastewater disposal systems, catering to a range of businesses such as fuel service stations, auto garages, vehicle maintenance or wrecking yards, machine shops, bus washes, and naturally, car washes, must meet specific requirements to operate legally within the state.

Compliance with these regulations is not just about ticking the box; it’s about actively participating in a movement that aims to drastically reduce environmental pollution. For car wash businesses, this means adopting practices that ensure wastewater from their operations is properly treated and disposed of in a manner that does not harm the environment.

Car Wash Disposal Solutions

  1. Pond evaporation was developed to meet the ever-growing demand for environmentally sound, clean, and cost-effective waste water disposal. The facility is located outside of Phoenix, AZ, and can logistically service customers throughout the southwestern US. We use a series of lined evaporation ponds to accept only specific non-organic waste water and sludge from water treatment sources.
  2. The facility is fully permitted, 100% compliant and operated on 10 acres of zoned property with the capability to manage in excess of 10 million gallons annually. The team is comprised of state certified operators, nationally recognized water & wastewater engineers and management with 20+ years industry and operating experience.
  3. By providing clean technology, a low carbon footprint, and long-term waste and liability reduction, VLS is an industry leader in waste water management services.

The Bigger Picture

Compliance with Order No. 93-600 represents a critical step toward environmental stewardship. By proactively managing wastewater, car wash businesses in California not only adhere to legal requirements but also contribute to a larger goal of protecting our water resources for future generations.

As a car wash operator, your commitment to environmental compliance reflects a broader dedication to sustainability and corporate responsibility. In turn, this can bolster your business’s reputation among eco-conscious consumers and the community at large.

Partnering for a Sustainable Future

At VLS Environmental Solutions, we understand the challenges and opportunities that come with managing car wash wastewater within the confines of California’s regulatory landscape. We are committed to providing innovative, compliant, and sustainable waste disposal solutions that help your business prosper while safeguarding our planet.

Stay ahead of compliance, protect our environment, and drive your business forward with confidence. Reach out to VLS Environmental Solutions today to learn more about how we can support your car wash business in navigating California’s wastewater regulations seamlessly.