Car washing woes.
Did you know that washing your car can cause harm to our local waterways?
When vehicles are washed on hard surfaces (like streets, parking lots or driveways) the wash water picks up soap, dirt, grease and other pollutants as it travels across the hard surface to the storm drain system. From there, the polluted water is carried directly into our streams, Bay and ocean – polluting the water we swim in and harming aquatic life.
However, commercial car washes recycle some of the wash water, and the dirty water does not get into our local waterways because it goes into the sanitary sewer system.