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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    April 11, 2005

Release No. ENV-24

 

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City Rolls Out National Car Care Month in April

- Partners with Oahu Automotive Industry -

 

April is National Car Care Month and the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services (ENV) is driving this initiative with supporting partners NAPA Auto Parts, CARQUEST, Midas Auto Service Experts and Checker Auto Parts, encouraging residents to “Be Car Care Aware” through proper car care and maintenance to protect Oahu’s waters.

 

The promotion is happening throughout the month of April, and includes eye-catching, point-of-purchase displays at that carry a bold statement: “Oil and Water Don’t Mix.” All Oahu NAPA, CARQUEST, Midas and Checkers locations will also be distributing to purchasing customers an informational flyer with simple car care tips for “backyard,” or home mechanics, as well as to car owners in general.

 

“When car fluids like motor oil wash down our storm drains, the pollution goes directly into our streams and waterways, and harms our aquatic environment,” said Eric Takamura, director of the Department of Environmental Services. “Our message is to remind the public that by caring for their car, they are also caring for our waters.”

 

The City’s Car Care initiative will also be on display at the 2005 First Hawaiian International Auto Show, March 31 to April 3 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The show is the center’s largest event, and is expected to draw more than 60,000 people.

 

The City highlights the following tips on the car care flyers:

 

  • Never let car fluids wash down storm drains.

 

  • When changing motor oil, use an oil change box that can be disposed of with the trash.

 

  • Get regular car maintenance checks done on time and fix any leaks immediately.

 

  • Remember to turn in your old battery at the same time you are purchasing a new one.

 

  • Wash your car with plain water, or use soap sparingly.

 

The Car Care promotion marks the third year of the City’s partnership with NAPA, and the second year of its partnership with CARQUEST. Midas and Checker Auto Parts are first time partners on the initiative.

 

“The City is grateful to our partners in the automotive industry for their support on this important effort,” said Dr. Takamura.

 

There are 19 NAPA Auto Parts stores, nine CARQUEST outlets, seven Midas Auto Service Experts locations and seven Checker Auto Parts stores in Oahu, all of which are participating in the City’s promotion.

 

The City’s Clean Water campaign is part of ongoing public education and outreach under its Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, as mandated through the Clean Water Act.

 

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services manages and operates the City’s wastewater and disposal system, the collection and disposal of solid waste, and the storm water program. As the lead agency for environmental management, it also develops and implements the City’s environmental policies and programs.

 

For more information, check out www.CleanWaterHonolulu.com or call the Environmental Concern Line at 692-5656.

 

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For more information contact:

 

                       Gerald Takayesu                                                  

                  Department of Environmental Services                

                  Storm Water Quality Branch                                

                  Ph.: 692-5579                                                      

                  Email: gtakayesu@honolulu.gov

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

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