Washing the car in a river??

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:02
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I saw a pic. on this Forum of a guy happily hand washing his car and camper trailer in the middle of a waterway (not you Mick O- that's unavoidable). Got me thinking as to how inconsiderate that is.
Same as people washing up their eating plates & utensils (using heaps of detergent) in a pristine mountain stream.
Then there's those who 'do their business' in a creek.
I know we all object to the visual things that pollute our favourite camp sites (cans, wrappers, poo-tickets, bottles etc)..
But I guess when 'stuff' gets washed down the river- who's going to care??





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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:06

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:06
Shows you some of the types that also watch this forum
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 14:52

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 14:52
Shows you some of the types that are members on this Forum too ;-)
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:12

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:12
Hi Signman
Like you say, who' going to Care, well we all care, that is why we all come to this forum
In the end it will effect us all, like you said, some people just do not think of how and what it will do further down the chain.

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Reply By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:21

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:21
Saw heaps of people washing their cars on an overflowing causeway near Ellery Pond in Alice...but no detergent etc just hands and flowing water. Guess its the first chance they have in getting the dust and dirt off when restricted with water usage.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:24

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:24
Hi Matt
My sister lives up in Alice and they do not have any water restrictions up there. Even if thy did, there are some great car washing places that are there for just that.

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:29

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:29
Hi Matt
And where has the dirt & dust & grass/weed seeds & contaminants come from?? And where is it going??





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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:35

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:35
Same place they go when you cross the flooded causeway...

Oh you are saying you never cross a flooded causeway because you dont know where the seeds and dirt will go...

Get real!

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:49

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:49
Hi Matt
This post probably doesn't apply to you anyway.
You wouldn't take your Holden near a creek crossing !!

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 16:01

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 16:01
Yep you are right Signman havent had the opportunity, the water doesnt get that high in the SW WA since I moved back from East. The old MU did and Im glad I had a snorkel on that one...over the bonnet on quite a few occasions, but only over the wheel last time I was in Alice.

Was there for the Todd River in full flood...had a friend make the local paper jet-skiing in it until the police called him out!

Oh how cute....you werent serious....sorry I mistook your ignorant, educated and derogatory remark for a serious and constructive comment. That was sad mate...grow up!
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Follow Up By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 23:02

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 23:02
Bloody Hell guys I think you need to get a life.

It's quite common for a road train to stop at a water crossing, wet the cattle down and get a bit of dust off the trailers.

Where do you think your protien comes from down stream?

LOL

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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:27

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:27
G'day Signman
Plenty of mud gets washed into creeks after a good bit of rain so washing the car (sans detergent) is probably not too bad. When you drive thru a creek with a muddy vehicle same thing happens.
The other examples you mention are just plain wrong.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:39

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:39
haha yes I can see it...hold on while I drive back to Alice to clean my car before I cross this flooded causeway!!

Onya Moose!

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:41

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:41
Yea Moose,
I guess there's a lot of 'natural' pollution- but do we have to add our little bit (and it would only be a little bit wouldn't it)..
As for water blasting the undercarriage driving through a creek- (I'll get shot down here) is unavoidable..

My comments attempted to differentiate between 'driving through a water crossing' and just washing the car in the middle of a creek..


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Reply By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:38

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 13:38
Hi Signman

I would wash my car in river with due care and
consideration and no chemicals.

Usually its a matter of throwing some water over
the windows, more so I can see and drive safetly
than trying to clean the car.

I have looked at the aspect you refer to though and
much more sediment is stirred up by charging across a
river than washing off some clean dust which has
often been collected from adjacent tracks anyway.

I'd be more concerned by taking a known oil-leaker thru such rivers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 14:59

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 14:59
I am with you Robin,

Have done it in the past and hopefully I will have opprotunities and the need to do it again.

No soap and no oil leaks. Just good clean dirt.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 18:03

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 18:03
I wouldn't bother washing the Jack whilst travelling.
What a dumb idea expending all that energy and then just getting it dirty again.

The environmental impact is probably of lesser concern, unless of couse you were using detergent and then it's a big No No.

And then you could be standing in a river containing Water Lizards, the one's with the big scales and even bigger teeth.

No, I'll just leave mine dirty until I get home from the trip.

Bill.
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