Printed from THE DAILY JOURNAL, dtd. 05/09/2012

Wash your car, go to jail?
May 09, 2012, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

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Belmont resident Vic Trierweiler rinses off a car in his driveway Tuesday afternoon. He was recently warned by the city not to pollute storm drains with soapy water after washing his car in the driveway or face steep fines or even jail.

Is washing your car in the driveway bad for the environment?

It is, according to the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

But is it illegal?

It is not, according to the state water board.

But a Belmont man was told he will face a $500 fine or up to six months in jail if he continues to wash his cars on his Coronet Boulevard driveway.

He received a warning from the city's Public Works Department April 30 that