Fundraiser Car Washes

Negative Impacts of Car Washes on Waterways

Car washes are a way of raising money for a good cause. Unfortunately they can have a negative impact on surrounding waterways. Existing techniques ensure that the car wash water does not enter the storm drainage system and then drain into the river and lakes that we use and enjoy.

Professional Car Wash Coupon Program

The only way to ensure a water friendly car wash is to use a professional car wash. These car washes are equipped to properly treat wash water. Coupon programs work well to utilize this method. Call local car washes for availability of this program. Businesses interested in this program should reference the Professional Car Wash Coupon Program for information about how to participate.
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Current Program Participants

Current businesses participating in the car wash coupon program are:

Sudsy's Car Wash
1870 S. Church St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Ph: 615-849-3072
Fx: 615-413-5059

Car Wash Kits

If a professional car wash is not an option for you, the City of Murfreesboro rents a car wash kit on an availability basis. A pump diverts wash water from entering a storm drain. Fill out a car wash kit rental form if you are interested in renting a kit.

Techniques to Guard Against Water Pollution

When a car wash kit and professional car wash are not available, proper techniques can be used to help guard against water pollution. The location of proposed car washes can be very important in achieving an environmentally friendly site. Pervious surfaces (a surface that allows the passage of water) allow soapy water to be filtered. Biodegradable soaps are also effective in decreasing water pollution.

Location Selection

When choosing a location to house your car wash, a parking lot which is adjacent to a stream or water body should never be used due to lack of possible mediation. An area which drains to any type of storm drain or conveyance which leads to a water source should also not be used. Any vehicle washing which discharges contaminants to a drain is in direct violation of city ordinance 27.5-13.

Best Management Practices for Fundraiser Car Washes in Residential Areas

Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department recommends any organization proposing a car wash to fill out a fundraiser car wash form. Forms may be returned to:

Robert Haley
Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department
220 N.W. Broad St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130