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Recycled water for car washing in Karnataka, India

A water recycling unit at a service station in Bengaluru (Karnataka, India)

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), which pushed service centres here into offering water washes only if they have treatment plants, said there was a 90% compliance so far.

“There are around 125 automobile service centres around Bellandur lake, Vrushabhavathy valley, and Hebbal lake and most of them have either installed treatment plants, or are continuing to offer dry washes. We will begin inspections soon, and those not complying with the rules will be closed down,” KSPCB chairman Lakshman has said.

The board’s directions, communicated to service centres around June, had caught them off guard, though there is an existing rule that requires them to install treatment plants. This is because the final solution out of vehicle washes contains oil, water and detergent, which finally flows into the lakes.

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