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Old 10-28-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Students in San Jose, Calif., can no longer hold car washes to raise for money for school events because city officials say they endanger the environment.

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.



Read more: California town nixes car washes to raise money for school groups - UPI.com
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:42 PM
 
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They should throw dirt on city vehicles and see if they are clean the next day.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:48 PM
 
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Students in San Jose, Calif., can no longer hold car washes to raise for money for school events because city officials say they endanger the environment.

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.



Read more: California town nixes car washes to raise money for school groups - UPI.com

Really that crap in the car wash soaps should not be dumped directly in waterways. Optical brightners, phosphates, etc are all terribly toxic to marine life.

Besides, all the kids have to do is move it off the blacktop or block off the storm drains and they can still have their car washes.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Aren't there any politically correct soaps available in San Jose?
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:46 AM
 
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Storm runoff rules have always been extremely strict in California, and they really do apply the same rules to private owners washing their cars. There are even times when you simply cannot wash your car at all and will be ticketed if you do (for drought rules, not storm runoff rules). The rules are not even that hard to follow, just find a grassy field to do your carwash.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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so the soap is healthy to the grass?
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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The rules are not even that hard to follow, just find a grassy field to do your carwash.
Sounds simple, but not practical. A grassy field would become a rutted marsh after the teenagers was a few cars.My earlier question was serious: Are there no politically correct (i.e. environmentally friendly, or "green") car-washing soaps on the market?
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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so the soap is healthy to the grass?
It isn't toxic to the grass. It is VERY toxic to aquatic life.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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Sounds simple, but not practical. A grassy field would become a rutted marsh after the teenagers was a few cars.My earlier question was serious: Are there no politically correct (i.e. environmentally friendly, or "green") car-washing soaps on the market?
Soap, by its very definition, has "suds" which are basically sulfates and phosphates. They are inherently toxic.

Additionally, who is going to monitor that these students are going to only use that hypothetical soap?
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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Soap, by its very definition, has &quot;suds&quot; which are basically sulfates and phosphates. They are inherently toxic.</p>

Additionally, who is going to monitor that these students are going to only use that hypothetical soap?
I understand you feel passionately about this issue, but are you saying you don't know if there are environmentally friendly car-washing soaps? Phosphate-free laundry detergents have been on the market for decades. Has nobody thought to make a buck marketing "green" car-washing soap?
</p>As for who would monitor what kind of soap the kids use, why the adults in charge would. Somebody in the school administration has to authorize this type of activity in the first place.</p>

Last edited by jtab4994; 10-29-2013 at 12:09 PM.. Reason: trying to fix weirdness in paragraphing
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