Solutions to Car Wash Pollution

As California continues to experience a long-term drought, we want to make sure you have all the facts and get to know some great alternatives before you turn on that garden hose!


The Facts

  • Each car wash at home can use up to 150 gallons.
  • If every person washed their car at home 2 times a year, that could amount to 210,000,000 gallons of water consumed annually, just for washing cars!
  • Home car washing results in soap and pollutants in local waterways.


Sustainable Alternatives

    • Take your car to a professional car wash. Water used at car washes is treated for pollutants like oil and copper that accumulate on your car over time. Not only is the water treated, they even recycle it.
    • Go Waterless! In light of Californians facing mandatory water use reductions and the possibility of fines for wasting water, washing cars with water is no longer the best option. Now there are new ecofriendly, waterless car wash products on the market that allow you to keep your car and the environment clean while conserving scarce water. Would you rather have someone else wash your car without water? Visit Eco Green Auto Clean in Redwood City and they will do it for you.
    • Wash your car on grass or gravel. Washing cars on your driveway causes contaminated water to flow directly down the street and into storm drains, polluting our Creeks and the Bay. Give wash water a chance to absorb into the ground and take advantage of nature‚Äôs filtration system. Remember to use biodegradable soap.