A Canadian car washing company has been approved to use well water.
A car wash called Wash 66 in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada, will be allowed to use a drilled well for its operations if it follows a series of conditions.
The council voted 5-1 for drill well operations, just three months after denying the car wash owner’s request to use well water, reported Country 94.
Wash 66 has been trucking in thousands of liters of water each week since its opening in May 2019.
According to Country 94, the original development agreement between Wash 66 and the town allowed owner Jeff Sheppard to apply for permission to change the water source as long as a full comprehensive hydrogeological study was completed.
Based on the findings of the study by Fundy Engineering, the water supply is not a concern in the area. Instead, the study noted there would probably be more than 11 times the maximum daily consumption by Wash 66 available from the well.
Councillors were asked again to reconsider their decision and were presented with an amended developer’s agreement, which included a list of conditions and were previously proposed.
Based on the new agreement, the business must comply at all times with the Clean Water Act, which governs how much water can be extracted from the well, according to Dwight Colbourne, the town’s municipal planning officer.
Under the provincial regulation Wash 66 can use up to 50,000 liters of water daily without having to undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment, reported Country 94.
Another condition in the agreement is that water levels within the well must be measured daily and holding tanks must be filled during non-peak residential use.
If water levels drop 20 meters below the ground surface, Wash 66 will have to revert to bulk water imports. In this case, a licensed engineer or geoscientist could determine if further pumping is sustainable, reported Country 94. The car wash will also have to continue recycling at least 50% of the water used in the car wash and will not be able to expand without approval from the town.
“It’s a new business in the town and this is a first car wash like this in the town,” said Mayor Gary Clark when asked about the mitigating measures. “There were some certain concerns from residents in the town and they were certainly addressing their concerns and we were listening to them. We’ve done the due diligence and there have been hydrogeological studies done showing that the water is there and there’s sufficient water in the ground. We looked at all of that and we took the staff’s recommendations to move forward.”