In recognition of Earth Day, Rain Tunnel Express will wash hybrid cars free of charge at all of its six locations in Missouri and Illinois on Monday, April 22.
Beyond Earth Day, Rain Tunnel Express employs methods and technology that eliminate the wasted water and harmful pollutants that are common byproducts of everyday residential car washing. By precisely measuring the water before the wash, Rain Tunnel Express uses less than 30 gallons of water on each vehicle it washes. Hand-washing a car at home can use in excess of 120 gallons.
Rain Tunnel Express also keeps a significant amount of hazardous wastes out of the local environment. Based on a study conducted by the Surface Water Management Division of Federal Way, Washington, it has been determined that residential car washing deposits such pollutants as petroleum products, phosphorous, ammonia, surfactants and solid wastes directly into storm sewers, which drain the tainted water into environment.
Rain Tunnel Express reclaims the water used after each wash and sends it to a water treatment facility. Every year, Rain Tunnel Express and its customers help keep approximately 1,200 gallons of petroleum, 2,300 pounds of phosphorous and nitrogen, 300 pounds of ammonia, 14,000 pounds of surfactants, and 190,000 pounds of solid wastes out of our local rivers, streams and ecosystems. (Based on the findings of the Federal Way study and the average number of cars that Rain Tunnel Express washes annually.)
To read the full Federal Way study, visit the city’s website at www.cityoffederalway.com or check out the “EcoJournal” on the Rain Tunnel Express Facebook page. For more information or questions about Rain Tunnel Express, please contact owner, Scott Knight, at (314) 849-1313.
Established in 1995, Rain Tunnel Express offers high-quality car wash services at six locations throughout the St. Louis Metro Bi-State area. Our advanced automated car-wash technology is constantly updated to provide the safest, gentlest, most effective and environmentally friendly system for protecting our customer’s investments, as well as the local ecosystem.