Vehicle Maintenance Tips
Washing your car in the driveway or not maintaining it can actually be really harmful to our creeks and streams. Please take your car to the commercial car wash or wash on the lawn where the water and soap will soak in.
Those soapy suds!
When a car is washed in a driveway or street, soapy, dirty water flows untreated directly into the storm drain, and then into the local waterways. Essentially, it’s like washing the car in Boulder Creek, Coal Creek, or the St. Vrain River.
Wash Your Car at a Car Wash or on the Lawn
While it isn’t illegal to wash your car in your driveway, it isn’t a good practice. Commercial car washes direct used car wash water to treatment systems, and in many cases, they recycle it. Washing the car on the lawn is also a better option than washing in the drive way because it allows the water to be absorbed by grass.
You Can Make a Difference
- If you’re planning a car wash fundraiser, ask a local car wash if you can use one of their wash bays.
- Wash your car/s at a commercial car wash or on the lawn.
- Visit the Keep It Clean Partnership (KICP) event booth in your community, and ask for a chamois you can take with you to the car wash.
Maintain your vehicle!
If a vehicle is not maintained it can leak and contribute to water pollution. Those drips on the pavement will be picked up with the next rain storm and carried to nearest creek.
If you work on your own vehicle be sure that you prepare your work area so spills are captured and cleaned up.
Recycle any fluids and NEVER hose down any spills or your work area.