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Fines For Washing
updated: Feb 07, 2014, 2:56 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I just heard that the Cities of Solvang & Buellton are fining people for washing their vehicles. Is this true? Does anybody living in the SY Valley know this to be fact? If so, how much is the fine & are there "Water Cops" driving around hunting down the violators?

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 COMMENT 493017 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 03:05 PM

No, this is not true. For Stage 1 drought, they recommend commercial washers or home hose/bucket. Overall, goal is to reduce household usage by 15%. No water police (yet).


 COMMENT 493020 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 03:20 PM

I've been bathing in the dolphin fountain at the wharf.


 COMMENT 493022 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 03:22 PM

I live in Buellton and just received the water bill, no mention that Buellton residents will be ticketed for washing their cars. City of Buellton is excellent at informing its residents of all issues. Washed my car last Saturday on the lawn to make best use of water resource, but no ticket!


 COMMENT 493025 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 03:28 PM

Try a no rinse car washing solution. I use less than a pint of water to wash mine and it takes 20 min total. As recommended by SB Auto Detailing.


 COMMENT 493027P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 03:33 PM

The problem is the people who wash their vehicles in their driveways/out in the street, using non-biodegradable product(s) and then these chemicals find their way into the storm drains and into creeks and the ocean.

Despite educational clips on t.v. and elsewhere, there are a great many people (99% guys, I'm gonna say) who don't have a clue that they are harming the environment---they think they're saving money by not going to the car wash. At the car wash (even the do-it-yourself kind), the waste water is filtered to keep junk out of our ocean.

Washing your vehicle doesn't waste nearly as much water as does soaking your lawn or letting your toilet/bathroom faucet/kitchen faucet leak water for months on end.


 COMMENT 493077 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 04:40 PM

I would love to see one use 1 pint of water to wash a car. Sorry, don't believe it.


 COMMENT 493109P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 06:43 PM

One pint for a car wash? Not a chance!


 COMMENT 493115 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 06:58 PM

022: you have a lawn???


 COMMENT 493119 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 07:17 PM

022 here, we hardly water the lawn and have planted the flower beds with California natives and other drought tolerant plants, use some gray water for those and have drip irrigation (fresh water) in our veggie garden. I also use a shower head that I bought and have used since purchase during our last big drought in late 80's that easily allows control of water flow and shutoff for lathering etc. So, yes we have a lawn, but we use many methods to keep our water usage low. Our neighbors however do not conserve.


 COMMENT 493124 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 07:55 PM

thanks for the tip 025! I looked it up on amazon and it gets rave reviews. I'm going to start using this method to wash my car and save a ton of water!


 COMMENT 493132P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 08:46 PM

A pint for a car wash - not a chance ????

Google the following:
no rinse car washing solution

Thanks for the tip #25 - excellent.


 COMMENT 493169 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 07:43 AM

While our water use is curtailed, Southern California Gas is expanding their Goleta facility, drilling new wells and using a lot of new water. Thank you Gas Co.


 COMMENT 493181 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 08:29 AM

After we stop using so much water, let's just stop using so much gas.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 08:33 AM

This sort of guilt induction is grotesque. Ordinary people are told they cannot do something as simple as wash their car or flush their toilet or shower without being accused of anti-social behavior (or even criminality) but the biggest wasters of water are ignored and even claim the right to more at tax payer expense for "employment" and "export" and such. What they mean is that business interests have a right to make money which supersedes your right to comfort. I refuse to patronize car wash places that exploit workers. I refuse to curtail my very very careful water use so that refineries and rice growers can make money from our limited resource without conservation that would pretty much eliminate the CA shortage.


 COMMENT 493185 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 08:45 AM

Please do explain your definition of "exploited" workers at car washes.


 COMMENT 493188P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 09:03 AM

+1, 185

How are they exploited? They choose to work there & accept the wages the owner pays. Simple.

"You want to work here, then you work by my rules or go elsewhere; it's a free country."


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 09:05 AM

Have you never used a car wash with these workers? Look around. They work without breaks, without a fair salary, depend on 'tips' and do not complain for fear of consequences to them or their families. They are replaced by the bosses if they do not keep up with the line since there are many who will do the job under slave like conditions if they falter. Or you can just close your eyes and pretend that the employer loves all the workers and they love the boss man too.


 COMMENT 493193P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 09:09 AM

188P - really? Your eyes are closed thanks to dogma. When there are multiple job seekers for one job, then one cannot just leave and find another job. That is la-la land, not reality.


 COMMENT 493201 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 09:32 AM

RHS - If you boycott car washes because you think the workers there are exploited, then I hope you don't eat any fresh produce.


 COMMENT 493221 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 11:20 AM

When an employee knows that if he/she voices any form of complaint or stands up for his/her rights, they will get fired and replaced - this the new form of slavery or indentured servitude. One could also, realistically, call it a form of terrorism: "economic terrorism".

The greatest fear, or TERROR - for countless 10s of millions of Americans today, one paycheck away from homelessness - is to lose that job that keeps the roof over the head. Employers are abundantly aware of this fear, and often abuse their power using this threat, to great effect.

It's no wonder that the powers-that-be have, in recent years, put so much energy into union-smashing - because trade unions are the only way that the ordinary worker can exert their rights - collectively.


 COMMENT 493225 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 12:03 PM

This could be a huge financial boost for city. The cops could just stakeout the Quick & Clean on Hwy 246 and start handing out tickets.


 COMMENT 493226 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 12:16 PM

go to a car wash that recycles their water, that helps


 COMMENT 493240P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 01:18 PM

RHS - How do you actually know the car wash workers are working for less than fair wages? Have you ever asked if they get breaks? Sure, they might choose to not take a break so they can get more tips, but again, that's their choice! Heck, that happens all the time in the restaurant industry.

What about all fast food places? Wal-Mart, etc?

Nobody put a gun to their heads & said they have to work there! They can walk away if they choose. This isn't North Korea. Duh


 COMMENT 493346 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-08 08:34 PM

I could be totally mistaken, but for the last 40+ years, it's been my understanding that fresh produce, if grown here in California, is harvested/picked by workers who have UFW Union representation. Not so the lowly workers at your local car wash. I'd be willing to bet lunch that the farm workers make a substantially higher hourly, with far more humane working conditions than do the car wash slaves.

"Free Country" - yes, but with soaring unemployment caused by crony capitalism giving humongous tax breaks to mega corporations that have literally off-shored millions of decent American jobs, the working class in this country has been gradually painted into a corner that there is no escape from. Get a dose of reality before you blame the victim for the crime.


 COMMENT 493444 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-09 02:22 PM

Well - first step is to dust bath your car. Starting with water will just smear the dirt around. After you knock a lot of the dirt off, use one bucket and a sponge and use a squeegee to keep streaks from forming on the windows


 COMMENT 493654 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-10 12:05 PM

Just noticed people had commented doubting that I can wash my car with a pint of water. Not sure how people think they can doubt something I've done with my own hands many times now. I was there, you weren't? I just did this yesterday. I do have a 2 seat sports car, so we're not talking about a van, SUV, or even large sedan.

As someone said, google no-rinse car wash. It takes 15-20 min total and is very easy.


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