July 13, 2009

Hold the soap when washing the car

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Washington officials are encouraging drivers to wash their cars over gravel or grass without soap in an effort to curb pollutants in runoff, according to Phuong Le of the Associated Press. Soap entering water systems through stormwater harms fish and other aquatic life, and even biodegradable soap still picks up pollutants like antifreeze, oil and metals. Those unwilling to shelve the soap can take their vehicles to local car washes, which filter the runoff before it reaches storm drains.

– Emily Linroth

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