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Car Washing Tips

  • Keep your ride and local streams clean.

    • What drips off your car goes into our local waterways.
    • Motor oil and other pollutants get washed down the street and enter City storm drains that lead to streams and rivers.

    When washing your car, choose these environmentally-friendly options.

    Safest – go to your local car wash 

    A car wash is the best way to protect our storm system from pollutants. Car wash benefits:

    • Captures and treats wash water.
    • Uses up to 60 percent less water.
    • Tire treatment services remove heavy grease, and baked on brake dust, and other toxic chemicals, minimizing toxins before entering the sewer system.
    • Look for brushless systems that will not scratch your paint.
    • Use an Ecobiz-certified car wash--they go above and beyond to protect our water.

    Car washing at home – the green way 

    If you choose to wash your car at home, follow these environmentally-friendly tips.

    • Wash your car on an area that absorbs water, such as gravel or grass.
    • Use dry car washing products.
    • Use phosphate and ammonia-free soaps.
    • Use a hose with a nozzle, so water is not wasted.
    • Capture soapy runoff by rolling up several towels to divert runoff to your landscaping.
    • Pour unused soapy water under a shrub, or into your home sink or bathtub.

    Get more car washing tips, presented by KPTV

  • Hosting a car wash? 

    Request a free fish-friendly car wash kit and receive a $25 contribution to your school or club. Protect local streams by keeping grease and detergents out of storm drains. 

    Fish-friendly car washing brochure

    Fish-friendly kit and instructions

    • Kits are free for loan from Gresham City Hall at 1333 NW Eastman Parkway.
    • To reserve your kit, call 503-618-2522 at least five days in advance.

      When you call, ask how to get a $25 contribution to your school or nonprofit. The kit must be used at one of these approved sites. Groups are responsible for getting permission and reserving a date with the manager of the business.
    • Jack in the Box, 25678 SE Stark; 503-674-8107
    • Les Schwab, 390 NE Burnside Road; 503-666-9496
    • Firestone, 2105 NE Burnside Road; 503-666-3609
    • Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway; 503-618-2657