Car wash centers to no longer use public drinking water
There are approximately 100 car wash centers in Ulaanbaatar according to unofficial reports. Over 70 of them have access to central pure water and sewage pipelines and are using drinking water distributed for public use without a permit. Now, the Ulaanbaatar Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (USUG) has decided to put a stop to the practice. As USUG director S.Unen reported, the project will kick off very soon, however detailed information can’t be announced currently. He said, “Unless we solve this issue as soon as possible, we will face a much greater problem. Only 45 to 48 car wash centers operate under contract with the USUG.”
After further investigation, journalists of Dailypost found out that over 60 tons of drinking water per day can potentially be saved per day once the illegal usage of water by car wash centers is resolved. Each car wash requires an average 30 liters of water and if the centers wash 20 cars a day, over 6,00l liters of drinking water for the public is being wasted now. According to this estimate, those 100 car wash centers consume around 60,000 liters of water each day.
One water expert reported, “One study showed Mongolia might experience a water shortage in 2020. Car wash centers are wasting hundreds of tons of drinking water and some refuse to pay for it. They sign contracts with USUG to pay 281 MNT for one cubic meter of water, and 161 MNT for each cubic meter of sewage, which is a very small amount of money compared to the water’s importance. USUG must launch the project very soon.”
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