The United Nations observes World Water Day every March 22, upholding a convention that underscores the importance of universal access to fresh water for everyone on our planet. The annual recognition reminds people of the need for sustainable management of fresh water resources worldwide.
We’re ahead of the game at BLISS. We know that water conservation, or prudent water use, will be the norm soon. Possibly, it won’t be a choice. Despite the recent rains, we are still in a drought in California. There are many things that people can do besides turning off their sprinklers. Taking shorter showers, not washing cars at home, shutting off the water when brushing teeth or shaving and exploring various ways to save water — without any life-altering changes — can help.
In the United States, we don’t always use water wisely. We often waste water when we could be saving precious resources. At our car washes, our guests have saved over 150 million gallons of water, and counting, washing their cars at BLISS. We are also helping the environment by only using cleaning products that are biodegradable and our machinery is energy efficient.
As Water Warriors, we treat World Water Day as a holiday right up there with the likes of Earth Day. We never forget that water is our planet’s most precious resource. Water is essential to life, yet, according to Water.org, 771 million people in the world – 1 in 10 – lack access to it. Drought has parched us for much of the past two decades in California.
In their warrior mode, BLISS team members thrive on fighting water waste. They’re informed about the need to preserve and practice water savings at work, of course, but also at home with their families.
At BLISS, we use a Smart Meter technology that constantly monitors fresh water usage, keeping it down to approximately 24 gallons of fresh water used to wash each car plus using 70% reclaimed water. We also donate a fresh water well to Wells Bring Hope each time we open a new car wash and we are scheduled to open a new location in the City of Industry in April. The need in Western Africa for wells is dire, and the ability to provide them changes lives exponentially and for generations.
As we celebrate World Water Day and focus on the importance of fresh water, we’ll keep on as Water Warriors at BLISS and share what we learn as we go.