Birmingham car wash benefiting from drought conditions

Published: Nov. 5, 2016 at 2:00 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2016 at 2:20 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Water Works Board issued a Stage 4 Extreme Drought Emergency on Friday.

One would think that being in a drought would cause less people to get their car washed to help save water. It has actually had the opposite effect.

A car wash on Highway 280 hit record numbers in October.

Mister's Car Wash has limited some of its service as we hit different stages of the drought. At Stage 3, they completely stopped pressure washing all of the cars that came through.

They are also turning away high dollar car detailing because of the amount of water they know it will take to finish them.

Michael Cribbs works for Mister's Car Wash and says even with all of that, the losses have been made up by overall demand which has kept these workers 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 says he believes people are not washing their cars at home in fear that a neighbor or someone will see them. He also thinks people are coming in more frequently because of the dry, dusty conditions.

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