Wash it Right

Soapy hands hold a sponge and a hose while filling up a bucket with soapy water in preparation to wash a car. The bucket sits on the grass with a small bottle of soap.

The water that runs off your vehicle during a wash can carry pollutants such as oil, antifreeze, and rust — not to mention soap — into local waterways. Help keep our water clean when it’s time to wash your car, truck, or van.

  • Take your vehicle to a car wash that recycles used water.
  • If you clean your vehicle at home, wash it on your lawn with biodegradable, ammonia-free soap. You can also roll old towels and divert the used water from the driveway to your lawn.
  • Consider using buckets of water instead of letting the hose run and save up to 150 gallons of water.

For more information, please download our Community Car Wash Fact Sheet (PDF).