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Residents warned not to wash cars on city streets*

Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Rosemead residents are not allowed to wash cars on the street in front of their houses, World Journal (世界日报) reports. The sewage system is directly connected to the ocean, Alhambra Vice Mayor Stephen Sham told the Chinese publication, and the city prohibits washing cars on the street in order to prevent pollution caused by detergents. 

Residents can wash their cars on their private property, according to Alhambra City Manager Assistant Chris Paulson, but the city encourages using a bucket instead of spraying with a hose and using non-toxic, biodegradable soap.

"The hope is that most of the water will be directly discharged into their landscape, where it can filter through, rather than flow directly to the storm drain and ocean," Paulson said Thursday in an email to Alhambra Source.

Did you know the city bars washing your car on the street?

*Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Alhambra printed a reminder notice in World Journal. Only Monterey Park and Rosemead printed notices.

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2 thoughts on “Residents warned not to wash cars on city streets*”

  1. Brett Moorover

    “The hope is that most of the water will be directly discharged into their landscape, where it can filter through, rather than flow directly to the storm drain and ocean,” Paulson said.”

    Does this mean the city is encouraging us to park our cars on our lawns and wash them there? I distinctly remember a neighbor getting ticketed for parking on his lawn. He’d parked in his driveway, but one half of the width of one tire was on the grass, and for that, he was ticketed. Have the city rules changed?

  2. What happens if we get a “beautification notice” about having a dirty car?

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