City, businesses team up for Clean Bay car wash

Washing cars to raise money in Tacoma? Raise environmental awareness as well by borrowing a City of Tacoma Clean Bay Car Wash kit or by hosting a car wash at a certified site. School groups, sports teams, youth groups and charities can help protect our local waterways with the easy-to-use kits.

Clean Bay Car Wash kits work by directing the soapy, grimy water to the wastewater system, where it gets treated to remove toxins before being released into Commencement Bay. Without the car wash kits, dirty water from car washes falls into storm drains and flows untreated into our waterways. Toxins from the dirty water can harm fish and other organisms.

Kits contain all the tools you’ll need, including a pump, hoses, step-by-step instructions and signs promoting your group’s earth-friendly actions.

To reserve a kit, contact Mike Rhubright, (253) 502-2220 or The kits can be borrowed from the City at no cost but must be returned after a car wash so other organizations can use them.

Two Tacoma gas stations keep Clean Bay Car Wash kits on-site specifically for fundraising car washes. To set up a car wash at either of these sites, contact the gas station owners:

— 76 Station, 5015 Center St.
Contact: Gurcharan Chatha, (253) 565-1243

— 7-Eleven, 1901 S. Trafton St.
Contact: Petra Collier, (253) 404-1718

The City of Tacoma hopes to certify more sites in the next few months. Business owners open to hosting fundraising car washes with sites that have access to a power source and a sewer drain or sink should contact Mike Rhubright, (253) 502-2220 or

To learn more about the kits, visit .