What you can do...
Donâ€™t feed soap to the storm drain.
Clean water is important to all of us. It's up to all of us to make it happen. In recent years sources of water pollution like industrial wastes from factories have been greatly reduced. Now, most water pollution comes from things like cars leaking oil, fertilizers from farms and gardens, and failing septic tanks. All these sources add up to a big pollution problem. But each of us can do small things to help clean up our water too. And that adds up to a pollution solution!
Bonus points!Cleaning your car the right way also helps you:
Why do we need clean water?
What's the problem with car washing?
If you live in the city and you wash your car in the driveway, the soap, together with the dirt and oil washed from your car, flows into nearby storm drains which run directly into lakes, rivers or marine waters. The phosphates from the soap can cause excess algae to grow. Algae look bad, smell bad, and harm water quality. As algae decay, the process uses up oxygen in the water that fish need.
How will we change our ways?
Car washing soaps donâ€™t have to be a problem.
What will you do to help?
Measuring the pollutants from car washing (City of Federal Way, September 2009)
Stop polluting the water, a video about car washes, City of Tacoma
Car Wash Kit demonstration - How to use fundraiser kits, from Skagit county
Salmon Friendly Car Wash Kit - Car wash kits for fundraiser events, from the city of Seattle
"We all live downstream" Salt Lake County Stormwater Coalition
Parking lot car washes cause pollution. Sell car wash tickets instead!
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