Friday, May 8, 2015

Car Maintenance

When the weather turns from frozen to fantastic, the hoses come out and it is time to return our cars from dirty grey to their original colors.  When you decide to wash and maintain your car, please consider the following:

Washing your car:
It is always nice to go to local commercial car washes; it supports local businesses. However when the sun is shining on summer days you can find a lot of people outside washing their vehicles. With so many of us washing our cars at home we need to make sure we are making smart choices and not harming the environment. 

Good Ideas
  •  Wash cars on lawn
  • Wash cars on gravel driveway
  •  Use biodegradable soap
Oil Changes:
Problem #1: One quart of oil can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of water.

Problem #2: Motor oil is insoluble in water and has a negative impact on local fish and wildlife and vegetation

Solutions:
  • Motor oil should not be disposed of in sanitary sewer, storm water drains, or by dumping at an unauthorized site
  • Motor oil can be disposed of at the Public Works Facility