ACUA News

03/25/13

Atlantic County Utilities Authority opens renewable energy powered vehicle wash facility

Egg Harbor Twp. ¬- The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will officially open its new vehicle wash facility on Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. All municipalities and local fleets are invited to attend the grand opening and to bring along one vehicle for a complimentary wash.

Located within the ACUA’s Hanemen Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township, the facility is a significant step in protecting the county’s environment and waterways, and will play an important role in maintaining trucks and heavy equipment used by the ACUA, as well as other public and private fleets.

The 5,000 square-foot drive-through wash facility, designed for large and light-duty vehicles, can clean up to 40 vehicles per hour and provides a brushless, 360-degree cleaning of the vehicles. Regular cleaning not only keeps equipment looking clean, it also acts as preventative maintenance.

“Not only does this facility protect our equipment, it is protecting the environment,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. The vehicle wash is designed to capture and treat the dirty wash water, thus preventing these pollutants from entering our waterways. Stormwater run-off is a big concern and we’re pleased that this facility addresses the issue.”
 
The facility, a model of sustainable design, is powered by 100 percent renewable energy and incorporates other ‘green’ features. In addition to the system that will clean and reuse up to 85 percent of the wash water, the facility also uses recycled motor oil to heat the building, solar power to heat the wash water, and efficiently captures sunlight to light the interior.

Also on hand for the grand opening will be the inventor of the vehicle wash facility, Ed Rieskamp. Rieskamp Equipment Co, Inc. was the first in the industry to develop and bring to the market a brushless or soft-cloth vehicle wash.  During 1990s, brushless/soft-cloth became an industry standard.
 
"We’re hoping Atlantic County municipalities and other local fleets will see the benefit of the facility and consider using it to maintain their own equipment,” Dovey added. “The more entities that use it, the more we can curtail non-point source pollution.

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