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SCWA 2015 Convention & Car Wash EXPO — REGISTER TODAY

Don’t miss the ENERGY – the EXPO and the EDUCATION of SCWA 2015

We look forward to seeing you in Arlington!

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Karl Rove to Keynote SCWA 2015 Convention

SCWA is excited to announce Karl Rove will be the keynote speaker during the Monday morning session of the 2015 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO.

Karl Rove — "The Architect" One of the World's Foremost Political and Communication Strategists
  • Deputy Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Credited with the 1994 & 1998 Texas gubernatorial victories of George W. Bush as well as Bush’s 2000 & 2004 successful Presidential Campaigns
  • Current Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist
  • Author of the New York Times Bestseller, "Courage & Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight".
  • Eye Witness to 9/11 and Other World Shaping Events
Remember you must be registered to attend Karl's keynote. Click for registration: SCWA 2015 Convention & EXPO Registration

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INDUSTRY NEWS




Duncan, Oklahoma, city officials consider near-total outdoor watering ban
The Oklahoman
After several years of drought and a dwindling water supply, Duncan, Oklahoma, is under a near-total outdoor watering ban. City officials are waiting to enforce the ban until the Duncan City Council determines how it applies to certain businesses like car washes.
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Planning, protecting and profiting in 2015
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Modern car washes have encountered many challenges over the past few years as technology and market conditions have evolved. Today’s car wash is more dependent on its equipment and automation than ever before. Owners and operators have had to become knowledgeable about topics ranging from new tax breaks, to survival during water shortages, to marketing to millennials and adapting to new health care and minimum wage requirements.
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Will El Nino be a no-show? The window may be closing
AL.com
Is it time to give up on El Nino? Long forecast to emerge during the fall and winter, meteorologists and researchers in the U.S. are still not ready to pull the trigger and declare that El Nino has begun, and may not at all. There is still a 50-60 percent chance El Nino could develop over the next two months, according to a January report by the Climate Prediction Center, the National Centers for Environmental Protection, the National Weather Service and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    2015 forecasts mixed on drought, aquifer (San Antonio Express-News)
Abilene, Texas, car wash businesses boom due to melted ice (KTAB-TV)
Nation's largest car wash chain acquires new sites (Professional Carwashing & Detailing)
Texas House District 13 candidates ready to talk water conservation (Victoria Advocate)

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Central vacuum: Rules of thumb for system installation
Auto Laundry News
Proper planning is the key to a successful central vacuum installation. Whether at an existing wash or new construction, it can be accomplished in four simple steps.
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Preventing car wash crimes with surveillance systems
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
Vandalism, theft and other crimes committed at car washes are common stories in the news. Frequent reportage on vandalism and theft at unattended washes has made carwashes popular targets for criminals. Especially at self-serve and in-bay automatic locations, facilities are often left unattended and open throughout the night. Automated pay stations and user-friendly equipment allow customers to use a carwash without an employee present in some locations, and this model is profitable for many businesses. However, unattended bays and low nighttime visibility can attract criminal activity. Security systems and cameras can help to deter these actions, aid in catching perpetrators and help to validate other events like accidents as part of insurance claims.
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Battling drought with the Edwards Aquifer Authority
Texas Public Radio
Remember the drought? Just because it isn't hot outside doesn't mean it has gone away. San Antonio remains in level 3 drought restrictions — Uvalde, Texas, is level 5 — from the Edwards Aquifer Authority. In 2013, the Edwards aquifer recharge, the amount of water that re-entered the aquifer, was estimated to be 189,600 AF which is less than half the median annual rate for the 70+ year rate before it, which was 556,950 AF.
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Affordable Care Act: Quick car wash tips
Auto Laundry News
Employer concerns with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate and other provisions are starting to pick up as the requirements of the act become very real. There are large changes coming in 2015 with which every car wash owner would be wise to become familiar. If you take nothing else away from this article, take this: While the law is complex, it is manageable with the right advice. A robust discussion of all of the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act goes beyond the scope of this article, but what follows should help you start managing your car wash in the right direction.
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Yuma, Arizona, water plan aims for conservation
Yuma Sun
A Yuma, Arizona, resolution raising the water and sewer rate paid by water customers also includes a tiered plan intended to benefit low- and fixed-income individuals while encouraging water conservation among heavy users. According to city officials, those who use less water will pay less for the water used, while those who use more will be charged a premium for water delivered. "Council wanted to go with that because our customers that are on fixed or low income barely use any water, and so this will have the least amount of impact on (them)," said city administrator Greg Wilkinson. "On the other side, if somebody can’t or doesn’t want to pay as much, they can take actions to reduce their costs" by embracing water conservation.
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