Washing your car at home conserves water and is healthier for the environment than using a commercial carwash.
The connection between car washing and clean rivers.
False. Washing your car in the driveway or parking lot leads to a dirty river. Carwash runoff degrades overall water quality by threatening river habitat and the entire food chain. This is because carwash runoff creates a toxic flow of detergents, surfactants, oils, rust, engine grime, wax, and degreasers that flow untreated down the pavement and directly into nearby creeks, rivers, or a lake. Using a commercial carwash eliminates this problem. They are required to filter and send detergent-laden water to a sewage treatment facility for cleaning. In addition, they prevent pollutant runoff from entering our rivers and they are programmed to conserve water (home car washing can use as much as 440 litres every time and commercial carwashes use less than half that much).
The RiverSafe RainBarrel
RiverSides 500 litre, mosquito-proof rain barrel is ideal for managing stormwater on your property.