For months on end, I worked next to my employees 10+ hours a day at my own company washing and detailing cars. My employees were only making $8.50 an hour, but it was way more than me. My loans to start my business kept growing every month because of interest. At the start of 2018, I wanted to sell my carwash. Luckily, my wife saw everything through and knew things would work out.
By the grace of God, I attended that conference in August of 2018. By the end of the year, I had a new business plan. I was going to rebrand my failing company into “Tuscaloosa’s Alabama’s Favorite Eco-Friendly Car Wash”. At the time, this claim couldn’t be further from the truth. I can proudly say that we currently operate solely on eco-friendly principles and get more business than ever.
Wash, Rinse, Reuse … Repeat
Throughout the month of January, we closed our doors and underwent construction with the help of Aquabio Technologies. I don’t fully understand every step of the process, but will try my best to summarize our renovation. Essentially, we installed a full water restoration system. The system captures, filters, and neutralizes the odor of used wash water allowing us to reuse it throughout the entire wash cycle.
By the end of March, our newly remodeled car wash was averaging just 12 gallons of water per vehicle Before implementing our new systems, we were averaging 52 gallons of water per vehicle. We don’t just clean cars anymore, we make an active difference in our community as an eco-friendly business.
Water is undoubtedly the lifeblood of our business, but we recognized reducing water usage wasn’t the only way we could positively impact our environment.
Thank you for reading part #4 & #5 of my 8 part series: My Carwash Success Story! See you soon for the next part of my series!