When your car is in good working order, you save money and you are preserving the water quality of our waterways. When cars leak radiator fluid, oil, or other petro-chemicals these toxins can build up over time on our streets and highways. After it rains, all the toxins are washed directly into our streams, rivers and lakes. No matter how far you live from a stream, your leaking car can cause significant damage!
Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs reports that Americans spill 180 million gallons of used oil each year into the nation’s waters. This is 16 times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska!
TIP: If you repair your car at home, take measures to prevent oil and other car fluids from escaping down the driveway into storm drains. Have materials on hand to soak up the mess.
Go straight to the Source: Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs: “What’s the problem with motor oil?”