Car Washing in Edmonds

It’s not illegal to wash your car in Edmonds!  It is, however, a violation of federal, state, and City regulations to let car wash water flow into a storm drain.

Car wash water and rinse water contain a mixture of detergents, oils, heavy metals, and other pollutants that we are washing off of our vehicles.  Since stormwater in Edmonds flows directly to our creeks, lakes, and Puget Sound, the soapy, polluted water can impact aquatic plants and animals.

Even biodegradable soaps can harm our local water bodies – soaps decrease the surface tension of water and lower the oxygen level.  And just like standard soaps, biodegradable soaps can injure fish gills and skin.  

Car Wash Kits are available to Edmonds organizations for free!  By checking out a Car Wash Kit from the City, fund-raising groups can help keep harmful soaps and toxic metals from running into the Puget Sound. The kits are designed to divert dirty, soapy water to the sanitary sewer system or grassy area where it can be better managed.  To reserve a kit, call City of Edmonds Engineering at 425-771-0220.

Remember that there are a number of options when it comes to washing your car!  You can borrow a Car Wash Kit, wash your car on the grass, take it to an authorized commercial car wash or use a waterless car wash product.

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Car washing in Edmonds, car wash kit, brochure

Car washing in Edmonds brochure

Car washing in Edmonds newsletter article

Car washing in Edmonds utility insert

Car wash kit instructions flyer

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Contact Stormwater NPDES

Long Range Planning
Stormwater Construction Projects
Zachary Richardson, P.E.
Stormwater Engineer
(425) 771-0220, x1323

NPDES Compliance
Stormwater Outreach & Education
Stormwater Facility Inspections
Patrick Johnson
Stormwater Technician
(425) 771-0220, x1322 

Public Works Engineering Division
City Hall - Second Floor
121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020

Phone: (425) 771-0220
Fax: (425) 672-5750

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