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Our cars are valuable and need to be well maintained and looked after. It is easy to care for your car in a way that can both save water and reduce your environmental impact on the rivers, creeks, lakes and coastline. Read full document here.
What seems like just a little bit of soap and dirty water flowing down the gutter is much more serious than you think. A single uncontrolled car wash might appear inconsequential; however, when extrapolated over an urban area for a year, the pollutant loading becomes very significant.
Extensive research has determined that over 13 Gigalitres of contaminated waste water are being directed into our stormwater systems across Australia each year as a result of uncontrolled vehicle washing on hard surfaces. That is the equivalent to 5000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of toxic waste and contaminated sludge.
It is far worse than just detergents and mud being flushed into the streams and rivers. The waste water includes Petroleum Hydrocarbon waste (gasoline, diesel and motor oil), Heavy Metals such as copper, lead and zinc, Nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen), Surfactants and Suspended Solids. This cocktail of waste far exceeds accepted health standards and destroys marine environments.
For the Research Report and detailed technical information go to http://www.acwa.net.au/environment.htm
Every commercial car wash must have a Trade Waste Agreement which requires approved EPA treatment and disposal of waste, to protect Australia’s precious rivers, lakes and coastline. This includes oil separation, solid sludge collection and disposal, and the remaining waste water directed into the sewer system for the correct regulated cleaning processes.
The image to the right illustrates the gravity of the pollution problem from car wash waste water flowing into the stormwater systems and waterways.
Every individual who decides to protect the environment by using a regulated commercial car wash instead of washing their car at home is making a difference. Every car wash matters. Be part of the revolution.
Stormwater Pollution Educational Awareness Campaign www.thedirtytruth.com.au