Car washing is a common routine for
residents and a popular way for organizations, such as scout
troops, schools and sports teams to raise funds. However,
most of the time, cars are washed in driveways and parking
lots which allow wash water (dirty water) to find its way
to the nearest storm drain, ultimately draining into the
Chesapeake Bay. The wash water often contains pollutants,
such as oils and grease, phosphates (from the soap) and
heavy metalsall of which are unhealthy for people
Washing Your Car Properly
The best action is to take your vehicle
to a commercial car wash, especially if you plan to clean
the engine or the bottom of the car. Most car washes reuse
water several times before sending it for treatment at a
sewage treatment plant.
If you still want to wash your car at home:
- Wash your car on gravel, grass or another
permeable surface, so the ground can filter the water naturally.
- Use soap sparingly. Try to use non-phosphate
detergents. Phosphates are nutrients that can cause problems
for nearby waterways.
- Use a hose that is high pressure, low
volume. Use a hose with a nozzle that automatically turns off
when left unattended or one that has a pistol grip or trigger
nozzle to save water. Wash one section of the car at a time
and rinse quickly.
- When youre done, empty your bucket
of soapy water down the sink, not the street.
- Block off the storm drain during charity
car wash events or use an insert with a vacuum pump to catch
wash water and empty it into the sink, not the street.
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