Monday, October 24, 2016

Caltrans Asks Motorists to “Protect Every Drop” as Rain Rolls In

Grab your umbrella! It's actually raining! That means it's the perfect time to remind you about Caltrans' “Protect Every Drop” campaign, which offers five simple ways to help keep our waterways clean by reducing pollution on our state highways. 
Rain washes auto fluids and grime off vehicles and onto highways. This polluted stormwater often ends up in California's streams, rivers and coastal waters. Help keep waterways drinkable, swimmable and fishable by following these five simple tips to help reduce stormwater pollution:

1. Keep your tires properly inflated. It decreases wear, improves gas mileage and makes tires less susceptible to blowouts. 

2. Stay on top of regular vehicle maintenance. Fixing leaks helps prevent vehicle fluids from dripping onto highways and into waterways. 

3. Keep your vehicle clean. Use a car wash facility that recycles water to get dirt and grime off vehicles before they end up in storm drains.

4. Properly dispose of trash and recycling. Properly dispose of trash and recycling before they fly from a window or truck bed and into a storm drain. 

5. Tarp and tie down loads. When hauling loads, make sure that items are properly secured with tarps and tie-downs so they don’t fly out of truck beds.

By following these simple tips you can help keep California’s precious water clean. 

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