Washing your car can be good for it, especially after a New England winter; but did you know that the average home car washer uses 116 gallons of water to wash one vehicle? Not only does car washing use lots of our limited fresh water, but the soap and other chemicals that are used can wash into our local water systems. Many soaps have phosphates which contain phosphorus, a major water pollutant.

How You Can Help

1. Bring your car to a car wash. The car wash has catchment and filtration systems set-up to stop chemicals entering our water. Some car washes also recycle the water that they use, minimizing waste.

2. If you wash your car at home, wash it on the grass or gravel to allow the soil to naturally filter chemicals before they enter the groundwater.

3. Consider using environmentally friendly cleaners.

Where To Learn More

“Clean Water is Important to All of Us”
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“Wash Your Car the Right Way”
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