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Oct. 24, 2012

Save the dates!

SCWA Houston Car Wash Tour & Regional Meeting
Join us Nov. 8 to tour Houston car washes highlighting the different car wash business and operational models. Your registration includes a morning workshop, lunch and the car wash tour.
Preregister today to reserve your seat on the tour and lunch.


SCWA 2013 Convention & Expo
The countdown has begun to "Celebrate SCWA 25!"
Come celebrate the 25th Annual SCWA Convention at the 2013 SCWA Convention & Car Wash Expo. It will be a special time of looking back as well as looking ahead.
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Current water policy doesn't jibe with reality
San Angelo Standard Times and SCWA
SCWA has been working with our members in many local communities to keep car washes open and operating during the summer drought. Many local officials do not understand car washes do not use large amounts of water and are more environmentally friendly than most businesses in their community. Through the efforts of SCWA and our local members San Angelo has agreed to keep car washes open and to revise the older ordinances that unfairly singled out car washes to be closed during drought conditions. SCWA will continue to be involved in the process of revising the water management plan in San Angelo.More

Why it matters: Immigration
Aiken Standard
Illegal immigration is a decades-old problem. With an estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants living, and in many cases working, in the U.S. the question remains: What do we do with them? And how do we stop more people from coming? Lax enforcement potentially leads to more illegal immigrants competing with U.S. citizens for jobs and some social services, without necessarily paying income taxes. But a too-tight policy could mean farmers and others in industries that rely on the cheaper labor of illegal immigrants are left begging for workers, passing higher costs on to consumers or going out of business altogether. More

Consumer spending rises in San Antonio
San Antonio Express-News
Consumer confidence and retail sales appear to be on the rebound in San Antonio, according to local sales tax allocations from the Texas comptroller's office. Released recently, the city's allocation for August sales totaled $19.8 million — an 8 percent increase compared to 2011. The increase continued the improvement seen with July's impressive 24 percent gain. That month delivered San Antonio its single largest year-over-year increase since 2006.More

Honda recalls 2002-2006 CR-V for fire risk
The Boston Globe
Honda Motor Co. is recalling about 489,000 CR-V crossovers in the U.S., Europe and Africa, from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver's side door could melt and cause a fire. Honda said rain or other liquids could enter through a driver's open window and damage the master power switch on the door. If that happens, the switch could overheat and melt, causing a fire.More

Texas small businesses remain optimistic
Houston Business Journal
Texas-based small business owners remain optimistic about future business, according to a new report from the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor. American Express surveyed small businesses throughout Texas to determine that 76 percent of small business owners plan to grow their business in the next six months.More

Even after rains, facing long-term water needs
The New York Times
The drought in West Texas is not over and experts say this perennially dry region must plan carefully. The two-year drought, the region's worst in more than half a century, has starkly exposed its vulnerability. Farmers, swimming pool cleaners, car wash operators and many others depend on ample water, and if supplies are short, jobs can be lost. Pressure is growing on the Legislature to address the problem when it meets next year, especially because the population continues to grow and West Texas is projected to become drier.More

El Nino challenges the 2012 winter outlook
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
A meteorologist from Lubbock's National Weather Service said the winter's outlook is unclear because of El Nino's late appearance. Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Jody James said the delay of El Nino has challenged forecasters to determine this year's winter outlook. "We usually rely on El Nino to get a better forecast for months ahead," said James. "We have other sources we also use to get the forecast so we'll have to look more into those."More

Dirty car dangers — choose safe cleaning chemicals and techniques
Auto Laundry News
The motorist usually wants a clean car because of pride of ownership. But, are you educating your customers and potential customers about the dangers a dirty car presents? More

Federal Reserve's Beige Book: The economy in Texas and parts of 2 neighboring states grew modestly in last 6 weeks
The Dallas Morning News
The economy in Texas and parts of two border states grew modestly in the last six weeks, according to a report released recently by the Federal Reserve. The latest Beige Book report on regional economic conditions showed that energy, housing and construction activity led growth in the area overseen by the Fed's Dallas district, which includes Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico.More

Conservation, improving water efficiency important to region
Odessa American
If supplying water to a growing population of Texans wasn't daunting enough, that population also has a growing appetite for energy. In 2012 we set a new peak demand record. And it turns out that it takes water to create the energy we use and energy to deliver the water we consume. This relationship has been termed the "water-energy nexus" and the drought that started in 2011 caused policy makers, water suppliers and energy providers to sit up and take notice.More