Car washing: it’s a great way to welcome Iowa’s warmer weather, raise money and of course, make your favorite vehicle shine.
But, if done the wrong way, it can pollute our waters too.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Grime and residue from gasoline, rust, motor oils and exhaust fumes doesn’t just disappear when you wash it from your car.
Often times, it runs from concrete straight into storm sewers and then into our rivers and streams, joined by soap and detergents. Those chemicals poison our drinking water and threaten Iowa’s wildlife.
But there are several ways to clean your car and project water quality – like by taking it to a commercial wash, which will usually treat its water.
Or, you can use phosphate-free cleaners while washing your car on gravel or grass. This will provide a natural filter for pollutants.
Keeping our water cleaner to drink and fish, will help all of us enjoy the season.
For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.