Vehicle wastes are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality. Stormwater runoff from vehicle maintenance / repair wastes has been found to contain high concentrations of metals, organics, oil and grease. When these wastes wash into our waters they can kill aquatic organisms. Metals such as chromium, cadmium, lead, and zinc have the potential to contaminate drinking water supplies as well as bioaccumulate in aquatic life. Organics such as engine degreasers, cleaners, and other solvents can also degrade water quality.
What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)!
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as oil, antifreeze, and solvents, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.
Helpful Information and Documents:
- General Pollution Prevention
- Materials Management and Spill Response
- Inspect Your Business
- Train Your Employees
- Loading Areas and Dumpsters
- Building and Pavement Washing
- Fire Sprinkler Maintenance
- Pollution Prevention in Automotive Business (English)
- Pollution Prevention in Automotive Business (Spanish)
Tip: Use shop rags and other dry methods to clean up spills.