31/08/2020 - Sustainability news
Auckland motorists will soon be able to wash their vehicles at Z Energy car washes knowing they are doing their part to help with the region’s water shortage.
Z will install permanent water tanks to supply their car washes at Z Glen Innes, Z Pukekohe and Z Massey North from 31 August, with plans to roll them out across all their Auckland sites in the coming months, as COVID-19 restrictions permit.
Z Energy’s General Manager of Retail, Andy Baird says Z is committed to playing its part in helping address Auckland’s drought.
“Z has always been committed to reducing our impact on the environment so we’re pleased to be able to move faster on our intended plans to install permanent tanks to ensure we can support Aucklanders in their efforts to address the water shortage.
“It’s also likely that droughts will become more common as the impacts of climate change increase, so having water tanks and water recycling schemes in place in Auckland now, is one way we can respond to climate change, alongside working on speeding up the shift to low carbon transport options.”
It is expected that once the tanks are up and running at all sites, they will save over 12 million litres of water annually and will operate alongside the water recycling systems the company already has in place.
Auckland Council is supportive of Z’s approach and says that the company is setting an example for other commercial users of water in the region.
Mayor Phil Goff says, “Business, industry and individuals all have a role to play in reducing water consumption and I’m pleased to see Z Energy taking this proactive approach.
“I hope it encourages other commercial water users to look at ways they can help address the record water shortage Auckland is currently experiencing because of record drought in the first half of this year.”
Watercare chief executive, Raveen Jaduram welcomes the initiative.
“It’s great to see businesses like Z Energy being proactive and taking water conservation steps now, so they’re well prepared ahead of next summer. Our dams are still more than 20 per cent below historical levels and we need everyone to play their part.
There are considerable long-term environmental benefits to installing rainwater tanks too,” he adds.
Media enquiries: Victoria Crockford – Victoria.Crockford@z.co.nz