Water runoff entering our stormwater drainage system is a major contributor to the health impacts on our waterways. The runoff containing pollutants from washing cars on roadways flows into our creeks and finally the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Lagoon. These pollutants can harm the aquatic environment and reduce water quality.
You can help improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Lagoon through conducting car washing activities that are more environmentally friendly. The following brochures are available in the related documents area.
- Washing Your Car Brochure
- Prescribed Water Contaminants Brochure
To reduce the impacts to the environment Council suggests that car washing activities be undertaken away from roadside gutters and/or stormwater drainage systems and include the following practices:
- Vehicles are washed on grassed, gravel or impervious sealed areas. Vehicles washed on impervious sealed areas to implement wastewater containment such as collection mats, portable bunds and sand bags.
- Disposal of wastewater to gardens or grassed areas.
- Collect all waste for disposal at a regulated waste facility avoiding hosing any contaminants and minimise water usage.
- Trigger hoses or buckets used for applying water reducing water usage. Alternatively using waterless car washing kits.
- Environmentally friendly detergents that are non-toxic, chlorine free, phosphate-free or biodegradable.
- Approach commercial car washes to participate as hosts to fundraiser.
Allowing polluted wastewater to enter waters, roadside gutters and Council’s stormwater drainage system is an offence and may attract on-the-spot fines under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.