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The US states where you will be fined for washing your car

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If you are going to wash your car, be careful! Starting in 2022, some states will begin charging car wash fines to people who engage in water-wasting practices. In some cases, these fines can be as much as $1,000 dollars. Incredible, but true!

But it’s not all bad news: Although it is true that local governments have taken drastic measures to avoid water shortages, it is also true that residents who wish to wash their cars will have a special period when they can avoid fines. Here are the states that have fines for car washing!


A person washing one of the cars on a site

The scarcity of water has led states like California, specifically the city of Sacramento, to be on alert. They have even asked the largest companies to reduce their water consumption by 20%. Meanwhile, residents have received word that they will face stiff fines if they decide to wash their cars at times designated as “unsuitable” by the local government.

If a person violates the the law once, they will receive a warning. On the second notice, they will have to pay a $50 fine. At the third infraction it goes up to $200 and, ultimately, the payment will be $1,000. Landscapers will be exempt from these fines as long as a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit is recorded for two consecutive days.

Texas will charge you fines for washing a car

Finishing the waxing of one of several cars

In Texas, two cities are implementing measures to reduce excessive water consumption: Portland and Corpus Christi. Both are in the first stage of restrictions, with the aim of educating citizens on the correct use of water. This includes restricting the use of irrigation systems between the hours of 10:00 and 6:00.

Stage 1 restricts residents of Portland and Corpus Christi to washing cars once a week, and only on the day designated for garbage collection in their area. In addition, any decorative fountain must be disabled inside and outside homes.



The Maryland State Department of the Environment is already implementing a plan to conserve water in homes, especially when washing cars. This activity can use 2 to 5 gallons of water per minute, a figure that can rise when the car washing is not carried out following the official guidelines.

At the same time, the state of Maryland claims that up to 70 gallons of water can be saved by putting a special nozzle on hoses used to water the garden or wash cars. To save water, citizens are also invited to turn to water washing experts.

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