Monmouth County held a grand opening of its first Vehicle Wash Facility in July at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by officials from local towns including our Mayor, Michael Skudera. After the ribbon was cut, a Ceremonial First Vehicle Wash took place where trucks from some of the participating towns were driven through the wash for the first time. Mayor Skudera joined Pierre Hicks from our public works department and took a ride through the wash facility to get a better perspective of how the facility operates.
This facility is the first automated vehicle wash facility built in Monmouth County and can be used by many neighboring municipalities as well as private trash haulers. Two other automated wash facilities are planned for the county. One is under construction at the Public Works Complex in Freehold and the location for the third facility is still under review.
This Vehicle Wash Facility was built to help the county and its municipal partners comply with new state regulations regarding the discharge of wastewater into the ground and surface waters. It will allow these towns and trash haulers to be in compliance with new state regulations that forbid the discharge of pollutants from vehicle and equipment washing into the municipal water system or ground water.
It is a true shared service using a nominal fee to offset costs incurred by the county while providing a low cost option for the municipal partners to maintain and clean their vehicles.
But it is much more than that. This vehicle wash, by virtue of its proximity to the landfill, is serving as a pilot project for the state Department of Environmental Protection. Through a collaborative effort by county personnel and the DEP, it was agreed that after the water is recycled a number of times and can no longer be used for washing vehicles, it will have a beneficial re-use at the landfill.
Ordinarily the county uses 100,000 gallons of potable water per month in order to meet its state mandate to control dust during the landfill operation. They will now do that by spraying water on the landfill and on the roads leading to the areas being filled.
Because the landfill is properly lined, the county will be permitted under this pilot project to use the grey water that is no longer usable for washing and spray it on the roads and in the landfill to control dust. This beneficial re-use will save the county tens of thousands of dollars per year in water costs.
Mayor Skudera said he feels the facility is great for the borough and will help meet the state-mandated regulations. He continued to say, “This green truck wash is environmentally-sensitive and complies with the new Department of Environmental Protection storm water regulations. Tinton Falls and Monmouth County have always worked cooperatively together. Through a shared service agreement with Monmouth County, Tinton Falls and other towns will also be in compliance with the new storm water regulations by utilizing this facility. This green truck wash is yet another great idea by the Monmouth County Freeholders and their staff."
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