Washing vehicles and equipment outside can release pollutants such as oil, grease, metals, dirt, and soap onto pavement and into the storm system. Even products labeled “biodegradable” can be toxic to aquatic organisms in local creeks. Wash vehicles and equipment at a commercial car wash where water is recycled and sent to the sanitary sewer.
- Car Washing and Care
- Vehicle Washing and Detailing Businesses (English/Spanish PDF)
- Shop Guide for Dangerous Waste Management (PDF)
- Auto Repair and Fleet Maintenance Pollution Prevention (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention For Vehicle Washing and Detailing Businesses (PDF)
For printed copies of fact sheets and other resources, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-7800.
For business-related stormwater resources, trainings, and more, visit the Washington Stormwater Center.