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Old 12-20-2013, 04:32 PM   #16
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I've been to way to many upset neighbor calls.

Half the time....it's justified....the other times....it's just a neighbor with way too much time on their hands and too worried about other peoples problems.

For example.....I got a call one time of kids playing basket ball in the street, blocking cars and drinking. It was a nice Saturday afternoon. Of course, this is not the first time this neighbor has complained.

So...I show up...but hang back at a distance to watch first....yep....kids are playing basketball in the street....big kids....as in 21+....yep...there was beer....in the yard....mostly being drank by the dad who was grilling the hamburgers on the grill in the driveway. Never saw a single car.

So...I pull up....guys go "Did he call again?" Yep I said.....I then got out....took off my gun belt....and shot a few hoops with the guys.......then told them to have fun and keep the beer in the yard.

By the time I was back in the car I was getting the message to call the watch commander. Once he heard the 'other side'...he laughed and said no problem.

Back on topic.

I have a hard time believing that a city would pass an ordinance making it illegal to wash your car in your own yard. Otherwise, how is one supposed to maintain said car? Unless of course the city council members happen to own all the car washes in the city and want to force you to use them.

I can see it applying to washing in the street or other 'public places'. But your own yard? That is about par to saying you can't mow your grass.

I would be asking the cop...."So, where can one wash their car if we can do it on 'private' property?"

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guess this ordinance would eliminate car wash fundraisers held at the fire station
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guess this ordinance would eliminate car wash fundraisers held at the fire station
. Matter of fact, there was a story around a month ago, that one municipality is no longer allowing fund raising car washes on parking lots. They cited that the run off from them, would endanger the environment, due to run off into the storm sewers.

Of course, how is this any different fromvhicles sitting in the parking lot during a strong storm, or airborne debris getting washed down during a storm.

I have stated this before. The longer our society is on the planet, the worse that we become.
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Some weird people like to think they live in a Waltons perfect world where they want everything perfect and sanitary and orderly and think their own sheet don't stink. Seeing a car being washed upsets their karma and possibly diminishes their property value in their warped minds. Not in my back yard is the saying. However somebody in the village voted for that stupid law and perhaps the local residents need to have it revoked if it was done many years ago by people who no longer live there. There are many old laws on the books about where you can park your horse etc that have not been removed yet.

In Holland and Europe where water pollution is a huge concern you must use an approved car wash and they must recycle the water. Friend of mine in Rotterdam builds centrifuges for recycling that type of water.
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. Matter of fact, there wasa story around a month ago, that one municipality is no longer allowing fund raising car washes on parking lots. They cited that the run off from them, would endanger the environment, due to run off into the storm sewers.

Of course, how is this any different fromvhicles sitting in the parking lot during a strong storm, or airborne debris getting washed down during a storm.

I have stated this before. The longer our society is on the planet, the worse that we become.
Because we have the technology to do so and you cannot stop technology. I was watching a show about Montreal and they have one of the worlds best water treatment systems and technology. They are investing in a new plant to remove a new serious problem. Excessive amounts of medicines that are being dumped down toilets when expired. Huge amounts of Xanex and all the other anti depressants etc that everyone is hooked on are ending up in the water supply thru the Great Lakes water system and St. Lawrence River etc. Soon we all will be on them or need to drink bottled water that hopefully came from a Spring.
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Some weird people like to think they live in a Waltons perfect world where they want everything perfect and sanitary and orderly and think their own sheet don't stink. Seeing a car being washed upsets their karma and possibly diminishes their property value in their warped minds. Not in my back yard is the saying. However somebody in the village voted for that stupid law and perhaps the local residents need to have it revoked if it was done many years ago by people who no longer live there. There are many old laws on the books about where you can park your horse etc that have not been removed yet.

In Holland and Europe where water pollution is a huge concern you must use an approved car wash and they must recycle the water. Friend of mine in Rotterdam builds centrifuges for recycling that type of water.
Wonder how much pollution is created building the centrifuges from start to finish and then powering them? Reminds me of rinsing out my recyclable cans and bottles with hot water before placing them in the container.
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I don't wash them or remove the labels like they said they wanted years ago. They just crush the darn things anyway and make them into plastic feed stock pellets and skim the impurities off the top or glass for roadways etc.

Europe is light years ahead of us in recycling because they have no land to dig a big hole in and make a Pyramid on. In Vienna they have a garbage burning plant in the middle of the city and it blends in with all the historic bldgs. and produces zero or very little emissions. German designed. it produces steam for central heating bldgs. and electricity. China and the way they burn coal is probably the worst but they will have to clean that up soon or not be able to see where they are walking.
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I don't know what the answer is. Those power producing wind turbines kill hundreds of eagles every year.
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there is no answer. mankind keeps increasing in numbers and wants his toys, tvs, appliances and the juice has to come from somewhere. Now that the Cold War is over and we are a global community and the formerly poorer countries have more $$ they all want copper, plumbing, flush toilets, cars and not to live like in the 3rd World . In North America we just took that for granted. Those resources have to come from somewhere. Have to colonize Mars or some close planet when we run out of real estate. Won't happen in my lifetime so I won't have to worry about it.
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I can see it applying to washing in the street or other 'public places'. But your own yard? That is about par to saying you can't mow your grass.
Actually, washing the car on the lawn is one of the ways around some of the no wash in the driveway laws.

A number of cities in the SF bay area have passed those laws, because their storm drains either drain to the bay, or into a water way that drains to the bay. Anything other than storm runoff going into the storm drain is automatically considered a pollutant.

I've heard of them is SoCal, but don't have any direct knowledge of them.
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A lot of cities/counties in California have approved the use of gray water.

So, where it used to be against local ordinances to was your car in the yard, it is now ok. Instead of the water going down the street...it's feeding your lawn.
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as long as you don't use soap then I imagine the lawn will be OK.
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Soapy water won't hurt your lawn. In fact, it can actually improve your lawn.

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