Vehicle leaks cause havoc for drivers and the environment, but a new program called "Don't Drip & Drive" puts Western Washington residents in the driver's seat when it comes to finding an affordable fix.
During the month of April, drivers can take their vehicles to a participating repair shop for a free and easy visual inspection. If a leak is spotted, the driver will receive a coupon for 10 percent off the cost of fixing the problem, a total savings of up to $130. The free inspection is especially recommended for vehicle models from 2005 and earlier.
Drip by drip, leaky cars and trucks are responsible for more than 7 million quarts of motor oil draining into Puget Sound waterways each year. Stopping leaks at their source is the best way to end the damage from that oil to our water supplies, wildlife and habitat.
"Snohomish County is pleased to join the many partnering jurisdictions throughout the region to help tackle this environmental challenge," said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. "Don't Drip & Drive offers a unique opportunity for county residents to save money on vehicle maintenance and help protect our waterways for future generations."
Some leaks may lead to costly vehicle damage if left unchecked, but equally bad is the damage to the environment. Each little drip may seem insignificant on its own, but together they add up to a river of oil entering our waterways each year.
"If you were to line up the 7-million quarts of oil dripping from Puget Sound vehicles each year end-to-end along Interstate 5, the bottles would extend almost 500 miles from Everett to the California border," said Stef Frenzl of Snohomish County's Surface Water Management Division. "The good news is that we can do the right thing and fix our car leaks. The Don't Drip & Drive campaign just made that a little easier."
All participating mechanics are members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) to ensure they meet ASA's standards of quality. To find a participating ASA repair shop near you, go to www.fixcarleaks.org<http://www.fixcarleaks.org>.
The Don't Drip & Drive campaign is a service of the Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM) consortium and is made possible by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The STORM consortium includes members from more than 80 local jurisdictions with supporting efforts by another 400 agencies and organizations [cid:image002.png@01CE308F.999B4730] through the ECO Net network.