Vehicle leaks can cause havoc for drivers and the environment. Motorists in Pierce County can find an affordable repair and keep pollutants out of Puget Sound, thanks to Puget Sound Starts Here’s “Don’t Drip and Drive” program.
As part of the program, participating repair shops across Western Washington will conduct a free visual leak inspection (a diagnostic service valued at up to $80) from July to September. If there is a problem, the driver will receive a coupon for 10 percent off service (up to $50) to fix the problem - a total savings of up to $130. The coupon will expire Sept. 30, 2014.
“This offer puts people in the driver’s seat to find out if their car has a leak and gives them a discount on fixing it, as auto leaks can be expensive,” said Harold Smelt, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities surface water manager. “Fixing the problem can help drivers keep their cars on the road, while keeping pollutants such as oil from traveling into our local waterways and the Puget Sound.”
Vehicles drip an estimated 7 million quarts of motor oil into the Puget Sound watershed each year. Oil and other petroleum products can harm wildlife and habitat. When it rains, stormwater runoff carries petroleum products to Puget Sound and other waterbodies.
The “Don’t Drip and Drive” program was designed to build awareness and educate people throughout the Puget Sound region that it is important to check for vehicle leaks regularly to keep their car on the road and protect local waters. Studies show that 67 percent of drivers who find a leak will fix it within three months.
To take advantage of the free visual inspection for vehicle leaks, visit one of these participating repair shops in July, August or September 2014:
For a complete listing of participating locations and more information, visit www.fixcarleaks.org.
About Don’t Drip and Drive
In 2013, Pierce County was awarded a grant on behalf of the Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities (STORM) consortium to lead the second phase of the Don’t Drip and Drive campaign rolling out this summer. STORM is made up of more than 80 local governments including Pierce County that work together to address polluted runoff.
As part of the consortium, Pierce County participates in regional campaigns with jurisdictions and organizations around the Puget Sound region. For more information about this and other regional efforts to clean-up stormwater runoff before it reaches local waters and Puget Sound, go to www.pugetsoundstartshere.org.
MEDIA CONTACT:Tiffany O’Dell, Public Works and Utilities education and outreach coordinator(253) email@example.com