High Desert Droplet - October 2020
A Stormwater Savvy Car Goes A Long Way for our Watershed
Oct 28, 2020 at 2:08pm
What starts in your driveway can end up in our waterways
Most of us drive our cars on a daily basis. After excess use, wear and tear is bound to happen. Things like oil leaks, brake shavings, and dripping coolant can harm our watershed. Regular inspections and maintenance can make a big difference when it comes to keeping our watershed clean.
Get a Check-Up
Mark your calendars and take your car in for a regular tune up. Leaks cause pollutants to enter our waterways leaving our watershed exposed to irreparable damage. Use a drip pan to catch any harmful fluids if you decide to fix your car at home, or support any of the following local mechanics.
- Villegas Auto Repair & Service – 14784 Seventh St., Victorville, CA 92395
- Freedom Auto Repair – 16941 Walnut St., Hesperia, CA 92345
- Big Apple Automotive – 21775 US Highway, Apple Valley, CA 92307
Old batteries can leak extremely toxic acid onto the ground where they can be carried by runoff into our watershed. Recycle old car batteries at our local AutoZone.
Go to the Car Wash
Visiting a local commercial car wash is always stormwater savvy. Unlike your driveway, car washes have drainage systems that catch all of the soap and grime coming off your vehicle and then recycle the water to prevent runoff. If you must wash your car at home, make sure you use a non-toxic soap and a water shut-off nozzle to prevent excess runoff.
These stormwater savvy car maintenance do’s can make a big impact in preventing stormwater pollution in our community.