Cars and Stormwater

The problem:
Gas, oil and other fluids from cars end up on streets and get washed into the stormwater system during storms or snow melts.

What you can do:
Keeping your car tuned can not only help keep pollutants out of the waterways, but can also save you money and prolong the life of your car. 

Here are 5 small things anyone can do to keep your car running smoothly:

  1. Check tire pressure - If your tires are under-inflated, you're losing miles per gallon off your fuel efficiency, which increases the amount of pollution your car creates. 
  2. Change the spark plugs - This will help your car burn gas more efficiently, so you use less fuel and less fuel ends up in the street unburned.
  3. Check your air filter - If your car can't breathe, it can't burn fuel. Replacing a dirty air filter is cheap and easy and will improve gas mileage, increase horsepower and reduce the amount of pollution your car creates.
  4.  Watch for oil leaks - An oil leak isn't just bad for our waterways, it can be really bad for your car. If ignored, it could be disastrous. If your car is leaking oil (if you see oil spots in your parking space), you should have a mechanic look at it. 
  5. Check other fluids - If you're losing anti-freeze, brake fluid or any other fluid in your car, it ends up in the waterways. It's also a sign of a problem with your car, and often the small problems can turn into big problems if not addressed.