Car Washing

Contact Information
Kristina Lowthian
Surface Water Engineer

Car Washing - Keep the Car and Puget Sound Clean

Surface water runoff that enters storm drains goes directly to our lakes, and streams, eventually reaching Puget Sound.

Sending all that oily soapy water down the storm drain is harmful to fish. It is also a violation of local, state and federal laws.

Washing Cars at Home

Think clean Puget Sound when car washing. Three cleaner options:

  • Wash car on a lawn
  • Use a waterless car wash product
  • Wash car less often

Charity Car Wash Events

The Puget Sound Car Wash Association provides a Charity Carwash Ticket Program. Through this program, a charity sells car wash tickets that can be used at participating car washes around the Puget Sound. The tickets are preprinted with the charity name and sold to groups at $2.50 each, and are usually re-sold for up to $8.00 each. The program is easy to use and tickets are easy to sell.

Charity Car Wash Kits

While not the preferred choice, parking lot car washes can still be environmentally friendly. The city has special kits available that captures and diverts wash water into the sanitary sewer system, keeping contaminants out of local surface waters. The city has charity car wash kits that are available for checkout free of charge to all Renton charities and groups. To find out more, contact Kristina Lowthian.

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