Don't Wash Your Car Challenge: Summer 2014

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You Can Still Save Water


.... Even if the "Don't Wash Your Car" Challenge is officially over.  Skipping a car wash in July and August was the first step of our working together during this historic drought to stretch Ventura's local water sources.  You can still show your support of water conservation by driving a dirty car to raise awareness that everyone needs to do their part to save our water.  But, remember, keep those car windows clean -  its safety first.


"This fun challenge engages people to take action in the face of a serious and growing water shortage," said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann.  "Letting your car get dirty may seem like a small step but when we work together, the results can lead to big water savings.  It’s also a visible way to show how much Ventura values our 100% local water sources.”


On The Radio


Ventura County radio stations KBBY, KHAY, KRRFand KXLM broadcast radio spots about the "Don't Wash Your Car" challenge in July 2014. 


A Professional Car Wash Is The Smart Environmental Choice


“Don’t Wash Your Car” contest also educated car owners about the best option for the environment.  Did you know that a commercial car wash uses only about 45 gallons per car and typically recycles the water, too?  Compare that with the 80-150 gallons used when washing your car at home.  And, when the soapy water, and dirt and grime washed off your car drains into the street, it can cause unnecessary pollution on our beaches and ocean.  

Prizes Awarded To Dirty Car Pictures


During the months of July and August, Ventura Water’s Facebook fans had fun posting pictures of their dirty cars along with their water saving words of wisdom page to enter the contest.  

August's Top Prizes Awarded

Preston Tucker's Car won a "Complete Car Detail", compliments of Five Points Car Wash, 2912 Telegraph Road, Ventura, California.

The cars of Regina Byars, Heather Carpenter and Christina McCrory each won a car wash, compliments of Five Points Car Wash.

July's Top 3 Grand Prizes Awarded

Marla Bradshaw Germanson's Car won a "Complete Car Detail", compliments of Five Points Car Wash, 2912 Telegraph Road, Ventura, California.

Jacqueline Eldridge's Truck won a "Complete Car Detail", compliments of SoCal Auto Body, 511 S. Dawson Drive, Camarillo, California.

Charles N Ward's Car wons a "Complete Car Detail", compliments of Camarillo Auto Body, 695 Via Alondra, Camarillo, California.


Surprise Prizes For Dirty Car Drivers


Dirty car drivers all around Ventura were surprised ... on the spot with prizes!

Dirty Cars In The News


Ventura County Star "Eye on the Environment: Right way to wash a car," August 24, 2014

NBC Bay Area "Parched California Finds Clever Ways to Save Water," August 22, 2014

Watch Weather Channel "AMHQ with Sam Champion" Segment: July 30, 2014

Watch Ch. 4 NBC Video: July 28, 2014

Ventura County Star "Eye on the Environment: Dirty cars are visible sign of drought," July 27, 2014

Watch Ch. 3 KEYT Video: July 2, 2014

Ventura County Star "Ventura holding dirty-car contest": July 6, 2014

KABC Ch. 7 "Ventura Challenges Drivers to Skip Car Washes in July": July 7, 2014

We Are In A Drought: Get The Word Out


Last February, Ventura Water proactively requested customers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by at least 10% in response to diminishing water supplies.  While the spring rains helped boost water levels, those gains have been erased by the warmer than normal summer months.  For more information and customer resources to save water and stop water waste, visit

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