Workin' At the Car Wash

Photo by Lori Fisher

Washing the car on a sunny weekend afternoon is part of the typical suburban summer scene. But usually the dirt, grime, detergents, and greases from the car end up in the local waterway and eventually Lake Champlain. Here are some tips to make your car washing more lake friendly:

  • Use a commercial car wash - water from commercial washes is treated before reaching streams and less water is used overall.
  • Wash over permeable surfaces like grass or gravel rather than in the driveway.
  • Reduce excess use of water by using a trigger hose and bucket.
  • Dispose of leftover water in the toilet.  

For more lake friendly tips, check out the Learn and Get Involved sections of our website and consider taking our Lake Protection Pledge.