Stormwater is rain or snow that falls on our roads, parking lots and rooftops that is not absorbed into the ground. Contrary to popular belief, anything that makes its way into a storm drain (a.k.a. catch basin) goes straight to the nearest waterway (creek/bay) with little or no treatment. Water from pressure washing or washing your car contains several pollutants that can flow into local water bodies if not properly diverted. Along with soaps and cleaners, metals, paint, oils, and other substances cause water pollution and harm wildlife. That’s why it’s important to make sure only rain water goes into our storm drains and ditches.
Our outdoor “Washing at Home” kit can help you divert polluted water away from storm drains and ditches and to a pervious surface or sewer system, so you can wash your car and pressure wash without polluting.
How It Works:
Whatcom County has several commercial car wash locations. Click here for a list of Whatcom County car wash locations.
While car wash fundraisers are popular and fun, they can also cause unnecessary water pollution. While using our outdoor “Washing at Home” kit can divert polluted water, washing several cars at a time may overwhelm the system. To avoid unnecessary pollution and hassle, here are some alternative fundraising ideas:
For more questions contact Whatcom County Public Works: (360) 778-6230