Nanny State Nightmares: San Jose Declares Car Washes Danger to Environment

School groups looking to raise funds with car washes won’t be able to do it like the old days: they can only be held over grassy or gravel areas (won’t a grassy area quickly become a muddy area with a bunch of cars being washed on it?).

Same thing goes for individuals washing their cars at home. So, does San Jose have a anti-car wash enforcement team now, with pensions and everything?

I’m intrigued by the “concentrate” that can be used to wash cars with no water. Doesn’t concentrate imply that it needs to be mixed with water -or something- to be used?

Cheerleaders at Lincoln High School had to cancel a scheduled Oct. 20 car wash after a visit from the city’s Environmental Services Department, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday.”

Anything that is not storm water or rain water is considered a pollutant,” said Jennie Loft, the departments acting communications manager. “If it goes into a storm drain, that pollutant will harm wildlife and habitats in the creeks.”

Loft said school groups could still hold car washes if they were conducted under certain conditions. Those include washing vehicles over grassy or gravel areas, ensuring wash water doesn’t go into the street, gutter or storm drain and leaving no soap stains on the ground. The same rules apply to cars washed by their owners.

Cars can be washed with a solution that requires no water, but the concentrate costs $159 a gallon. Lincoln cheerleaders had hoped to raise money from the car wash to fund a trip to a national competition in April.

via Student Fundraising Car Wash Banned over Environmental Concerns.


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