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New Zealand Bans Car Washing In Driveways; Car Wash Businesses Rejoice

Who can forget this scene from Cool Hand Luke? (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)

Who can forget this scene from Cool Hand Luke? (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)

A new rule in New Zealand will force residents of one city to stop washing their cars on their driveways. According to The Dominion Post, The ban aims to improve water quality in the city.

Now instead of hosing suds and dirt down the pavement into the city’s storm water system, residents are being encouraged to wash their vehicles over grass or to take their cars to a good, old-fashioned car wash and pony up for a real wash. Car wash businesses are already hooked up to wastewater systems that don’t pollute.

Some residents aren’t happy with that idea though and say they can’t afford the money it would cost to get even the occasional wash. Those residents say they don’t plan to follow the ban.

One woman without a yard told The Dominion Post that she would have to drive onto a berm to meet the requirements for washing on a lawn or head to the city and pay $15 for someone else to do it. “And my kids love doing it in the summer, coming out with the hose, and giving it a wash. Get the old bucket with bubbles in it and away they go.”

Those in support of the new rule say it will help the environment, something everyone should be happy to benefit from.

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