Aug 8 2018

Alameda County Warns Against Washing Your Car at Home

The Alameda County Clean Water Program Discourages Washing Your Car at Home –

When you wash your car on the street or in your driveway, all that dirty, grimy, soapy water runs down the storm drain and directly into creeks and the Bay. The water that goes through storm drains does NOT go to a water treatment plant first.

Even biodegradable soap is harmful. Egrets, herons, red-legged frogs, turtles, seagulls, trout, stilts….all birds, fish and amphibians are at risk.

Instead, the County recommends using a commercial car wash or coin operated self-service car washing facility, because these companies recycle all wash water and properly dispose of it through the sanitary sewer system for treatment.

For more information about the Clean Water Program visit

One Response to “Alameda County Warns Against Washing Your Car at Home”

  1. Now all of the car wash places will raise their prices!!!

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