For many, car washing is a springtime ritual. Often, citizens don’t that by washing all the winter grime off their vehicles they might actually be caused harm to our local waterways.
Water entering storm drains, unlike water that enters sanitary sewers, does not undergo treatment before it is discharged into our waterways, When cars are washed on streets and driveways, that dirty water eventually winds up in the streams, creeks and rivers.
Washing one car may not seem to be a problem, but collectively car washing activity adds up to big problems for our local streams, creeks and rivers. Pollution associated with car washing degrades water quality while also finding its way into sediments, impacting aquatic habitats.