Several businesses impacted by Bay City water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Several businesses impacted by Bay City water crisis

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

A full day of business is tough without water. 

Laundromats, car washes, lawn care services and other businesses were on hold in Bay City. 

"Everything in the building in some way or another uses water," said David Dupris, owner of Clayton Cleaners.

The water shortage in Bay City put a halt to work at Clayton Cleaners. 

"We're not taking on any work until the city says the water emergency is over," Dupris said.

He said with a shortage like this things like clean clothes can wait.

He's happy to do his part to conserve, but if this situation lasts for a few days it will cost the business. 

"We could get really far behind. Monday is one of our busiest days. So we're definitely going to have to work some overtime to catch up," Dupris said.

Many businesses that use a lot of water everyday had no choice but to close because of the shortage. 

"We're not doing any business. No cars coming through," said Dennis Siminski, assistant manager at Firehouse Car Wash.

A closed sign stood in front of the three Bay City locations.

"Obviously we use fresh water to rinse off the vehicles so if we can't use water we can't clean vehicles and we're not making any money," Siminski said.

Residents were asked to use only what was necessary. Things like washing cars, doing laundry, and lawn care use too much water. 

For the businesses in Bay City that do just that it was time to shut the door or make some changes. 

"At this point I think cleaning clothes isn't as important as drinking water," Siminski said.

Many businesses, even the ones that do not use water as a main source for their operation, are mindful of the situation and are taking strides to limit water use.

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