Keeping your car well-maintained not only gets you to work or the store on time without any hassles, but keeps your care from being a possible source of stormwater pollution. Small amounts of tire and brake pad can wear off and enter our streams when it rains. Also, small leaks of oil and other fluids can have harmful effects downstream. Our storm drains are directly connected to our streams, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Preventative measures during vehicle maintenance keep you on the road and pollutants out of our waters.
Here are some things you can do:
Drain and replace motor oil, coolant and other fluids in an area where there are no connections to the storm drain. This will help prevent a discharge to the storm drain system. Spills should be cleaned up immediately before it reaches the storm drain. Performing vehicle maintenance in an area away from storm drains and using drip pans to contain leaks and “kitty litter” or other absorbent material to recover any spills will help prevent accidental discharge to the storm drain. Collect spend fluids in separate containers and store them until you can dispose of them with a recycler. Be sure to label all containers if storing prior to recycling.
To find recycling locations and to learn more about what you can do, please visit the links below.
Places to Know
Rules to Know
- Automotive Best Management Practices
- Illegal to Dump Anything Down the Storm Drain (Sec. 11-13-2)
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program
- EPA Oil Spill Program