Clean Cars, Clean Streams
The City of Tumwater works with the City of Lacey, the City of Olympia, and Thurston County to run the Clean Cars, Clean Streams program which works to encourages community members to practice good car washing practices.
Charity car washes can be an important fundraising opportunity, unfortunately, they can also cause environmental harm. Very often, groups hold charity car washes in parking lots- not realizing that the dirty and soapy water is running into the storm drain and emptying into a nearby creek. Car wash water, dirt, and soap can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
Commercial car washes often have onsite facilities that capture and clean the wash water they use and properly treat the wash water. If you see the Clean Cars, Clean Streams sticker on a facility you known they're an environmentally-friendly car wash!
Car Wash Tickets
The City of Tumwater encourages community groups to sell car wash tickets as an alternative to hosting car washes. Community groups can sell tickets to raise money and promote healthy streams. Tumwater has teamed up with the Puget Sound Car Wash Association to help community groups raise money while protecting the Puget Sound. For more information about car wash tickets contact the Water Resources Department at (360) 754-4140.