Details for City of Corvallis PUBLIC WORKS DEPT - Ad from 2020-06-28

Limit Motor Oil Leaks Flowing into Nearby Streams Oil leaks can damage your vehicle. Engine oil is critical for the performance of your vehicle; it keeps moving engine components lubricated. Without the oil, friction and heat from engine parts rubbing against each other causes premature wear and tear to the engine. Motor oil leaks should be taken seriously. In 2015, General Motors recalled 1.4 million cars as oil leaks were found to cause engine fires, with more than 1,300 cars catching fire.1 Oil leaks pollute nearby streams. When it rains, the small puddle of oil under your car can quickly be transported down a driveway or street into a nearby stormwater drain and then into your local stream. Keep in mind the majority of storm drains run straight to our local streams and the water is not treated. Used motor oil can persist in the environment for years and contains numerous toxic substances, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (causes cancer) and metals, such as lead, zinc, arsenic, and copper (harmful to salmon) 2. Just one quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water! Americans spill 180 million gallons of used oil each year into the nation’s waters. This is 16 times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska! 1 How can you maintain your vehicle and help keep streams clean? • Monitor your vehicle for oil leaks. • Never dispose of oil or other engine fluids down the storm drain, on the ground, or into a ditch. • Clean up motor oil spills. Use ground cloths/absorbent pads and/or drip pans beneath your vehicle if you have leaks or are doing engine work. Common household absorbents (kitty litter) also work well. Be sure to dispose of the used absorbent properly. • Drop off/recycle used motor oil at the Republic Services Recycling Center (110 NE Walnut Blvd, Corvallis). Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: Nonpoint Source Pollution Education -- Motor Oil. 2017. 2 EPA: Used Oil Management Program, 2016. 1