Fluids from vehicles can be a source of pollutants that can significantly impact our waterways if we’re not careful. Automotive work areas must be maintained to ensure that oil, gas, antifreeze, lubricants, grease and other fluids do not enter the street, gutter or storm drain. Rain or other water could wash the materials into the storm drain and eventually into our waterways and the ocean.
You would never dump vehicle fluids into the ocean, so don’t let them enter the storm drains. Follow these tips to help prevent water pollution. Follow the link to the right for a downloadable PDF brochure with tips for proper automotive maintenance.
Tips for the Automotive Industry
When cleaning automotive parts, make sure to clean them in a self-contained unit, solvent sink, or parts washer to prevent solvents and grease from entering a sewer or storm drain.
Make sure to store vehicle parts and hazardous materials and waste such as, fuels, solvents, batteries and oils off the ground and in areas where they will not be exposed to rainwater.
To prevent leaks and spills, make sure to train employees on how to properly cleanup work sites and always keep a spill kit with absorbent materials in the work area.