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Aussie experts: Home washing kills wildlife

April 21, 2014
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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA —The President of Wildlife Queensland and the director of Zoom Carwash are speaking out on the harmful effect of at-home carwashing, a G-Online story said.

The story quoted Simon Baltais, president of Wildlife Queensland, who said “Contaminated waste from stormwater is a massive threat to marine environments and at the current rate the local dugong population could be severely compromised or potentially locally extinct by 2026.”

Zoom Carwash director Lance Woodrow added that this issue is not just limited to the local bay. “In fact,” he said, “Sydney Harbour is full also of heavy metals, which is mostly due to uncontrolled carwashing. You can’t eat anything from the harbour and if we don’t do something Moreton Bay will suffer the same fate.”

Woodrow said that pollutants such as petroleum hydrocarbon, diesel and motor oil, dissolved copper, lead, zinc, nitrogen, phosphorous and surfactants from cleaning products are also getting washed into the waterways due to at-home washing.

Baltais said in the story, “People believe that by using biodegradable detergents they are preventing this problem but unfortunately there are still an abundance of chemicals that are washed directly into stormwater systems. The best solution is to prevent any toxic substance from going down the stormwater drain at all.”