ISTOBAL focuses on innovation for lower water consumption in the face of droughts

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  • It develops recyclers capable of reusing up to 100% of the water used in each wash, making it possible to carry out vehicle washes during periods of water restrictions.
  • It introduces constant innovations to save water in its vehicle washing equipment. Its latest-generation rollovers reduce water use by 40%, and its pressure jet wash solutions by 33%.
  • The connectivity of your equipment with Smartwash by ISTOBAL enables greater control of consumption in the wash installations and remote adjustment.
  • ISTOBAL urges responsible use of water in car wash facilities as it is a limited resource and can be responsible for the viability of car wash businesses.

ISTOBAL is committed to innovation for lower water consumption in vehicle wash in the face of droughts, promoting a sustainable industry with integrated solutions that reduce water consumption, as well as chemicals and energy.

The company is a pioneer in the development of environmentally friendly technologies providing the car wash industry with solutions to cope with water scarcity by recycling, saving and decontaminating water in car wash facilities.

It is worth noting that some regions in Spain, France and the UK, among other countries, suffer from water restrictions due to extreme droughts and in some cases even have regulations affecting the car wash sector.

ISTOBAL’s complete range of water treatment equipment reduces the consumption of this resource and obtains water of the highest quality for impeccable results in vehicle cleaning. In addition, the inclusion of recycling systems in car wash installations makes it possible for car washes to operate during periods of water restrictions due to droughts.

For ISTOBAL, the consumption and quality of the vehicle wash also depends to a large extent on the quality of the water used in the installation. For this reason, the group has developed various water treatment systems, such as its pioneering biological recycler with an ultrafiltration system capable of recycling up to 100% of the water from exterior vehicle washing. This innovative, state-of-the-art recycling system achieves maximum water quality for subsequent reuse in all washing phases, including osmosis in the final finish and a saving of up to 2 million litres of water per year in each washing bridge. 

Comprehensive and sustainable technologies to save water

All ISTOBAL’s efforts in product development are focused on respect for the environment, prioritising the final quality of the wash, the user experience and the profitability of the operation. Through its equipment, the company enables efficient consumption of resources, maximum reduction of water, energy and chemical consumption without affecting the final cleaning result and prioritising the safety of end users and operators.

Through its R&D&I department, the group is constantly introducing innovations to save water in its vehicle washing equipment. In this way, its latest-generation rollovers reduce water use by 40% compared to previous models, thanks to new brush materials that absorb less water, as well as better redistribution of the water circulation circuit, among other technologies.

In reference to jet wash solutions, ISTOBAL has reduced water consumption by 33%, as well as 75% in chemicals and up to 32% in energy consumption in its latest generation equipment.

As part of its commitment to the environment, the company also has a hydrocarbon separator to reduce by 94% the presence of this chemical compound in the water resulting from the washing process, as one litre of hydrocarbons contaminates 1,000 m3 of water.

In addition, the connectivity of its equipment with Smartwash by ISTOBAL allows telematic control to remotely check and adjust consumption and maintenance of the installation.

Likewise, its ISTOBAL esens® line of chemical products are sustainable and have outstanding environmental certifications such as the Nordic Swan label and the Ecolabel, reduce the generation of plastic waste in packaging by 90% in its Xtract line of super concentrates and contribute to reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

ISTOBAL urges responsible water use in car wash facilities

In view of the extreme severity of the drought in many countries around the world, ISTOBAL reminds that water is a limited resource and is fundamental in the car wash and car care business. In its opinion, it can be responsible for the viability or otherwise of car wash businesses. Therefore, it urges responsible water use in car wash facilities by adopting measures that promote sustainability.

It has also underlined that not using water recycling systems on bridges and car washes can result in annual water wastage similar to leaving a tap running all day for more than three years.

Similarly, it states that cleaning the car in a sustainable car wash facility incorporating water treatment solutions generates less water consumption compared to a manual car wash with a private hose and avoids contamination of the water resulting from the washing process.

In this regard, he said that the contribution of operators of washing facilities and users is crucial in being environmentally responsible and combating drought.