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Posted on: June 13, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Keeping our waterways clean - car washing

Many of us do not consider the affect that washing a car can have on the environment. However, washing dirt or sediment off of a vehicle may actually cause harm to local waterways and aquatic habitats.

When you wash your car at your home in your driveway, the wastewater typically runs into a storm drain. These storm drains are different than sanitary sewers because the water is not treated before it enters local lakes, creeks or streams. Therefore, all of the dirt, pollutants, residue from exhaust fumes, gasoline and motor oil that you are washing off of your vehicle are being immediately directed into those waterways.

Individuals who wash their car at home also typically use more water than individuals who go to a car wash. In fact, the average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to clean their car. Most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water to wash the entire car than most homeowners use just to rinse the car.

Click the following link to learn some steps you can take to have a shiny car without harming the environment:

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