County Unveils Clean-Diesel Street Sweeper
Clark County continues making great strides towards cleaner air in our neighborhoods with the unveiling of the Public Works Department’s first clean-diesel street sweeper at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the County Operations Center at 4701 W. Russell Road.
“Replacing our aging street sweepers with new clean-diesel street sweepers will keep harmful emissions out of our air,” Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak said. “County residents and visitors will be breathing cleaner, healthier air thanks to our investment in this technology.”
The new 2013 Elgin mechanical street sweeper was partially funded by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s State Clean Diesel Grant Program, which is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The County plans on replacing another four street sweepers with clean-diesel street sweepers during the next 12 months. Eventually, the County’s entire fleet of 16 street sweepers will be clean-diesel street sweepers.
When compared with an older street sweeper, using a clean-diesel street sweeper significantly reduces harmful emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide.
This upgrade is the latest in the County’s efforts to use vehicles that are cleaner and more efficient. The County has pursued the use of alternative fuel vehicles for years, including the use of hybrid vehicles and vehicles powered by clean-burning diesel, reformulated gasoline and compressed natural gas. The County's hybrid fleet of 534 vehicles is the largest in the state.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.