WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Wichita Falls City Council voted to allow car washes to continue using city water-even after the combined lake levels hit below 20 percent. Car wash owners are happy with the decision, but what do local residents think? Do they value clean cars over saving water?
Some local car wash owners say it should be up to the customer on whether or not they want to use our dwindling water supply to wash their car.
One Wichita Falls resident, who spoke at Tuesday's city council meeting, said he's been a customer of All American Car Wash for the past 20 years.
"Vehicles are usually the second biggest investment that an individual can own," Wichita Falls Resident said. "People, like myself, like to protect that investment by keeping it clean to protect their paint and the value of that vehicle."
After a 20 year long ritual of washing his car on a weekly basis, he says he's had to cut back on how often he shines up his vehicle.
"I have gone from washing my personal vehicles once per week, to about once a month."
Newschannel 6 spoke to another woman at Seymour Highway Car Wash, who says she's also cut back on how often she washes her car. She said she'd rather bathe her kids at night than keep her car clean.
Some local car wash owners say they've seen an almost 30 percent drop in customers since the city forced facilities to close on Sundays and Mondays. But, some facilities, like Seymour Highway Car Wash recently installed wells. The wells allow them to use non-potable water, which in turn helps their bottom line.
After Tuesday's council meeting, councilor's did leave the meeting open to changes should the city go back to a more dire situation.