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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Safe Car-Washing Tips from the Stormwater Department


DID YOU KNOW? Washing your car at home can create more than 100 gallons of runoff that is polluted with soap, oil and gasoline. This runoff makes its way into storm sewers, and eventually into nearby lakes and streams.

Here are a few tips that will keep your car – and the environment – squeaky clean:

  • Use a pressure washer rather than a garden hose to reduce water consumption.
  • Wash cars on a permeable surface such as gravel or grass so less runoff goes into storm drains, lakes and streams
  • Use phosphorous-free detergent (phosphorous can cause excess algae blooms in lakes and streams)
  • Go to a commercial car wash. These businesses are required to send their wash water to a waste-treatment plant.

Thanks for helping keep our water clean!

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