Opelousas Public Works gets two new CNG trucks





Via US Gas Vehicles

August 25,
. The timeworn Opelousas Street Department pickup trucks, some with odometer readings of 300,000 miles, are being replaced by five new ones fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) created at the St. Landry Parish landfill, Louisiana.

City officials took possession of five Ford F-150 crew cab pickups at the landfill on Tuesday morning after municipal workers turned the ignitions and drove back to Opelousas, where they will be placed into service next week, said Public Works Supervisor Brent Aymond.

Mayor Reggie Tatum said the trucks were purchased by the city with funding from the Solid Waste Commission. He added that the Commission in previous years has dedicated a portion of its sales tax revenue for each of the parish’s 13 municipalities to spend on equipment for maintenance projects. Money for the pickups, each costing $39,900, was used from the funding in the Opelousas city account, Tatum said.

Aymond said the trucks are greatly needed. “We usually have at least two trucks on a given week in the shop undergoing some type of repair," he said. "We have that right now. The other three trucks have been in the shop over the last several months.

Aymond said the city will pay about $1.40 per gallon to refuel at the natural gas pumping station located at the Beggs landfill, located several miles north of Washington.