How can washing my car affect stormwater runoff?

Washing your car on an impervious surface (i.e. concrete and asphalt) can send detergents and other contaminants through the storm sewer system. Use a commercial car wash as their water is drained to a waste water treatment facility, or wash your car on your yard so the water infiltrates into the ground.

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1. What is Stormwater?
2. Why is there a concern about stormwater quality?
3. What does lawn care and pet waste have to do with stormwater pollution?
4. How can washing my car affect stormwater runoff?
5. Why can’t I drain my pool into the street?
6. I am a commercial property owner and only have concrete sidewalks and an asphalt parking lot; do any of the stormwater issues really affect me?
7. What is an illicit discharge and what are the consequences?
8. Who can I call to report an illicit discharge?
9. Where can I find more information?