Peachtree Corners updates commercial car wash, water waste code

The Peachtree Corners City Council voted recently to approve updates to city code that establish water system guidelines for commercial conveyor carwashes and define outdoor water use violations.

The updated code states all new commercial conveyor car washes, permitted and constructed after July 18, must install operational recycled water systems for a minimum of 50 percent of water utilized.

The code also prohibits all outdoor water waste and states, “Outdoor water waste means the excessive application of water that results in water flowing down any curb and gutter, street or storm drain or onto an adjacent property, resulting in the unnecessary loss of water through improper application or failure of an outdoor irrigation or plumbing system resulting in excessive runoff.”

Outdoor water waste activities subject to a violation include a broken irrigation system (missing heads, broken pipes, etc.), excessive runoff such as water running down the driveway, street or sidewalk, a hose running unattended without a shutoff nozzle, or a visible and unrepaired leak more than one gallon per minute.