Auto Repair

Water Quality Practices for Auto Repair

  • Label all used motor oil containers and tanks and keep containers and tanks in good condition. Store in safe areas. Never mix used motor oil with anything. Recycle all used motor oil.
  • Never dispose of anything into a storm drain. All hazardous waste should be recycled properly. Contact a hazardous waste hauler to dispose of:
    • Antifreeze
    • Batteries
    • Lubricants
    • Oil
    • Oily Rags
    • Solvents
    • Used Oil Filters
  • Place drip pans under areas where liquids are poured and under the spouts of liquid storage containers.
  • Place drip pans underneath vehicles to capture all fluids. Remember, automobiles and trucks that are waiting for repair can leak fuel, oil and other harmful fluids that can be picked up by stormwater runoff.
  • Prevent all oil, grease, suspended solids, and toxins from washing into storm drains by designating a paved washing site where water drains to the sanitary sewer system. Use biodegradable, phosphate free detergent.
  • Store all fluids under cover or inside to prevent contamination by rainwater
  • Train all employees to properly clean up spills of hazardous materials.
  • Use dry methods for spill cleanup (sweeping, use of absorbent materials, etc.). Never hose fluids into a storm drain.
  • Use a funnel when pouring liquids, such as lubricants or motor oil.

Report Polluters

Call 336-747-7480 to report polluters.