Northwest NEWS

June 5, 2000

Home & Garden

Don't let water quality go down the drain

   Car washing hits prime time during the summer months, and unfortunately, so does the level of soap, oil, and grime in our local streams, lakes, and rivers.

   If you're not washing your car on your lawn or taking it to a commerical car wash, chances are that soapy water (and everything you just washed off your car) is headed straight for fish habitat in your neighborhood. And all soaps, even biodegradable ones, are toxic to fish. If you're washing your car at home, wash it on the lawn, where it will soak into the soil. Or go to a commercial car wash.

   If you're washing mutliple cars at a car wash fundraiser, use the Free Car Wash Kit. Wash water is kept out of the storm drain system that allows the dirty water to be captured and pumped to the sanitary sewer for treatment. You can also stencil storm drains with the message "Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream."

   Call 206-322-9296 for wash kit or stencils.