Keep Suds Out of Streams

NODid you know that all storm drains in Bellevue lead to a lake or stream?

Washing your car at home is a dirty business. When you wash your car in the driveway, street or a parking lot, toxic motor oil, heavy metals, and sediments – along with soap – go down storm drains, untreated, into the waterways where we swim, fish and play.

Dirty wash water contains oil, solvents, anti-freeze and toxic heavy metals such as zinc, lead, and copper. Soap is harmful to fish and the insects they eat. Even biodegradable soap can kill fish before it degrades.

Instead, take your car to a commercial car wash that reclaims the wash water several times before sending it to the sewer system for treatment.

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