A bill that forces new car wash facilities in California to use at least 60% recycled water has been sent to the governor for signature.
Assembly Bill 2230 requires car wash facilities permitted and constructed after Jan. 1, 2014 to include a water recycling system. An amended version of the bill passed the Senate on Aug. 20 and the Assembly two days later.
In a letter to the newspaper Los Feliz Ledger, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, the main sponsor of the bill, said water recycling technology has advanced to the point that there is little difference between the recycled water and water from the tap.
"Car washes, by their very nature, can play an important role too," he wrote. "They can use the same water again and again. Filtration technology can remove the dirt and detergents and turn it into water that is just fine for rinsing or washing a car."