Jan. 22 - A businessman in the the blockaded Gaza Strip is building up a head of steam with his mobile car-wash, a service that's making the most of limited water supplies. Rob Muir reports.
Khaled al Arrouqi is making the most of a difficult situation, brought about by Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip. Water is in short supply, but by turning it into steam, al Arrouqi's is building a successful mobile car-washing business. (SOUNDBITE) KHALED AL ARROUQI, OWNER OF NEW STEAM CAR WASH, SAYING: "I searched on the internet for a device that I could put in a car and wash people's car like a delivery. I could be in touch with people on their mobile phones, they can call me from wherever they are, and I would go wash their car using the least amount of effort for the clients, at a minimum cost and maximum cleanliness." And Al Arrouqi's device requires very little water. Hot steam under high pressure does the job, without chemical and without waste. (SOUNDBITE) KHALED AL ARROUQI, OWNER OF NEW STEAM CAR WASH, SAYING: "Traditional car washes use up a lot of water, we do not use very much, we only use five litres of water for each car, and we do not make a mess at all." And Al Arrouqi's is winning new customers. Clients like Mohammad Harazalla say the service is not only effective, it's convenient. (SOUNDBITE) MOHAMMAD HARAZALLAH, STEAM CAR WASH CLIENT, SAYING: "This saves me time. Instead of going to a car wash and wasting 1, 2 or 3 hours, he could come to me while I am at the office. He washes the car while I'm working. I don't have to leave my work at all." And all for a price of about eight US dollars...a service that's helping Al Arouqi clean up