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Sep 08

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Keyed Up About Clean Water

You may be properly caring for your car—but what about water quality? Listen up as we solve this clean water riddle:

What does maintaining your car have to do with ducks in a pond? More than you might think, considering all those suds, chemicals, and oils often go down a storm drain—and end up in the pond.

If you gotta keep it clean, try also to keep it green. (via CBDM)

If you gotta keep it clean, try also to keep it green. (via CBDM)

Let’s take oil, for starters. Just one quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water, so it’s important to recycle used oil and repair leaks as quickly as possible.

It’s also wise to pay attention to soap and other debris that comes off when you clean your car. If possible, go to a car wash that treats or recycles water. If you wash your car at home, use a grassy area, and pour the soapy water down the sink, not on the street where it will end up in a storm drain.

These simple tricks can add up big time for that duck pond we mentioned—and for our collective water supply, too. So go ahead, maintain your car like the water quality champ you are.

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