Vehicle Care and Fluids
Vehicle wastes are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality. Stormwater runoff from vehicle waste has been found to contain high concentrations of metals, organics, antifreeze, 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. Antifreeze is very toxic to wildlife.
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:
- Automotive Fluids Tips | Líquidos Automotrices - Consejos Útiles
- Vehicle Washing Tips | Lavado de Vehículos - Consejos Útiles
- Use shop rags and dry methods to clean up spills
If you would like to report a water quality concern, have questions about our program, or would like additional information call the County Stormwater hotline at:
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