FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County plans to eventually have four truck washes that comply with new state Department of Environmental Protection stormwater regulations, with municipalities invited to use the washes on a shared-services basis, according to Asbury Park Press.
"We want to offer our services to the point that we can handle the extra capacity without adding new employees," said John Tobia, director of the county Department of Public Works and Engineering.
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Rush D. Holt, all D-N.J., requested the funding earlier this year after county officials identified it as a priority, and it was included in the approved Fiscal Year 2010 Interior Funding Bill.
As of February, state law no longer allows the discharge of pollutants from vehicle and equipment washing into the municipal stormwater system or ground water.
Each facility will cost approximately $1.5 million, the Press reported. Facilities will be constructed at the Public Works complex in Freehold, the Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls, and a third undetermined site. One manual truck wash facility has been already built at Highway District 3 and 6 in Tinton Falls and will be open soon.
Typically, green truck washes entail having wash water flow into a drain and pumped into a solid separator to filter out dirt, grease, and oil, the Press said.