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Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2022. 11:28 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Washing a car in the river is an offence that carries a fine ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, said the San Ignacio/Santa Elena (SISE) Town Council.

In a flier on social media, the SISE Town Council advised the citizens that washing their cars in the Macal River is against the Environmental Law and advised the citizens “to cease and desist from washing of cars in the River”.

“No person shall emit, import, discharge, deposit, dispose of or dump any waste that might directly or indirectly pollute water resources or damage or destroy marine life,” says Environmental Law, Chapter 328, Section 11-1 said the SISE Town Council.

“Any person who contravenes the law, commits an offense and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not less than $5,000 and not exceeding $25,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or both such fine and period of imprisonment.”

Though it’s not popular, it has been a habit around the country, particularly the rural areas, for people to wash their cars in or by the rivers.

The majority of comments on Facebook appeared to be supportive of the SISE Town Council.

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