Skip to main content

Windshield washer dispensers popping up at GTA gas stations

Share

A new dispenser is popping up at gas stations across the Greater Toronto Area, allowing drivers to top up their windshield washer fluid while filling the tank with gas.

"It's true some people are looking at them, and they're not sure exactly sure what they are for," said Sean Elliott with EcoTank Canada.

EcoTank said it is now operating 288 windshield washer dispensers in four provinces.

"We manufacture these dispensers and install them at gas stations, EV chargers and condos, and now Canadians can refill their windshield washer fluid without using a plastic jug," said Elliott.

The dispenser is similar to a regular gas pump. Drivers prepay at the pump and can then use a hose that will fill directly into the car's windshield washer reservoir. The dispenser can also be used to refill washer fluid plastic jugs.

The washer fluid costs about the same as the containers of fluid drivers can purchase inside gas stations. CTV News Toronto went to a Canadian Tire gas bar where washer fluid cost $1.80 per litre.

You prepay but are charged only for the amount you use.

"You only pay for what you need. If you need three litres, you get three litres instead of buying a whole jug," said Elliott.

The company is hoping the environmentally friendly idea catches on with consumers.

"The more people that try it and see how it works, the more people will use it over time," said Elliott.

EcoTank is based in Orangeville and launched its first dispenser about two years ago. The technology was first used in Europe. It's estimated more than 70 million jugs are purchased in Canada annually.

CTVNews.ca Top Stories

BUDGET 2024

BUDGET 2024 Feds cutting 5,000 public service jobs, looking to turn underused buildings into housing

Five thousand public service jobs will be cut over the next four years, while underused federal office buildings, Canada Post properties and the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa could be turned into new housing units, as the federal government looks to find billions of dollars in savings and boost the country's housing portfolio.

Lululemon unveils first summer kit for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic teams

Lululemon showed off its collection for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday at the Liberty Grand entertainment complex. Athletes sported a variety of selections during a fashion show that featured garments to be worn on the podium, during opening and closing ceremonies, media interviews and daily life on the ground in France.

Stay Connected