Water from vehicle washing can make its way across a hard-surfaced parking lot and enter the storm drainage system. From there, wash water enters our creeks and streams, makes its way to rivers and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Water from vehicle washing can contain contaminants such as nutrients and hydrocarbons and should not discharge to the storm drainage system, creeks, or streams where it can harm fish and other aquatic life.
According to State Regulations and the Town of Ashland’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Management Program Ordinance, only individual residents washing cars may discharge wash water to storm sewers (although this is discouraged). All others discharging from vehicle washing activities to storm sewer are in violation of the Town ordinance.
Car washing events held in the town require approval prior to the event and must be held in locations that meet stormwater guidelines. If your group or organization is planning on holding a fundraising car wash event, please fill out and turn in the Car Washing Event Application. If you have any questions regarding the application or locations in Ashland that are able to host a car wash event, please contact the Public Works Department.