By JAY HOCKING,
Water For Good Director of Communications
With their grand opening rapidly approaching, Clearwater Car Wash CEO Brian Catron is preparing to make a global splash by donating 100 percent of their opening-day sales to Water for Good, a Warsaw-based not-for-profit dedicated to solving the water crisis in the Central African Republic.
Clearwater Car Wash Manager Jordan Gillette hopes to serve at least 300-400 customers during their grand opening, and maybe even more. The new state-of-the-art car wash will be capable of processing up to 150 vehicles per hour. Prices start at competitive $9 for a basic wash and dry—Catron and Gillette are confident that they’ll draw a significant number of customers for opening day. That means thousands of dollars funneled into the effort to provide clean water for those in need.
The impact of this donation should not be underestimated—every $5 donated provides a year of clean water for a person in Central Africa. That saves hundreds of hours for each person, hours that would have been spent walking miles to fetch heavy loads of dirty and unsanitary water from rivers, streams, ponds or seep holes.
Water for Good, established in 2004 by Warsaw local Jim Hocking, is the largest water organization in the Central African Republic and provides reliable access to clean water for half a million people. Their well-drilling and water pump maintenance teams have continued to operate, despite the fact that the country has been a conflict zone since 2013.