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Salt brine Minnesota
Case Studies October 24, 2017
The city of St. Cloud and county of Anoka in Minnesota were both looking to enhance the performance of their salt brine operations. In 2015, St. Cloud used over 81,000 gal of salt brine and purchased 2,290 tons of salt. Anoka County is responsible for maintaining and clearing snow and ice from 423...
The deicer remains free flowing, even at colder temperatures.

The deicer remains free flowing, even at colder temperatures.

Case Studies September 17, 2015
While the town of Winfield, N.Y., sits a short distance from major thoroughfares, the quiet, upstate village of 2,200 people still sees its fair share of traffic. And its share of icy winter roadways that need to be safe for motorists. The town’s main roads surround the school district, and...
An application vehicle treats the highway.

An application vehicle treats the highway.

Case Studies July 23, 2015
MRDC Operations Corporation (MRDC), a private enterprise responsible for maintaining and rehabilitating a 121-mile highway connecting the cities of Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, began manufacturing and using salt brine several years ago for pre-wetting road salt during deicing...
Workers in Wisconsin load the briner maker.

Workers in Wisconsin load the briner maker.

Case Studies March 27, 2015
A few years ago, the City of Wauwatosa implemented a brine program for anti-icing and pre-wetting salt. As a pilot program, city officials were cautious when it came to investing in the upfront costs for an in-house brine maker without first seeing the results. Rather than batch their own brine,...
VTrans looks at issue dealing with salt locations

Photo courtesy of the Virginia DOT.

Article February 06, 2015
During the winter season the state of Vermont becomes a playground drawing people from across the country to enjoy activities such as skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Unfortunately, the very same snow and ice that creates a winter wonderland in the mountains also creates a winter gauntlet on...
Article January 28, 2009
Salt saves lives. That said, it’s easy to understand the anxiety in 2008 that gripped public works officials throughout those portions of the American snowbelt that customarily obtain their salt from mines in the Great Lakes, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. Questions of “Will we be able to get enough...
Article October 23, 2008
What is a snowball’s chance in 2008-09? Many public works agencies would like to know. After a killer snow season last year, many officials found themselves tapped out of road salt before January hit. Panic is in full swing this fall, as officials brace for another thick covering of flakes and ice...
Article February 12, 2008
When most people first hear about “sensible salting,” the winter maintenance principle promulgated by the Salt Institute nearly 40 years ago, they think immediately of the application of roadway salt in the minimum amounts just enough to destroy or prevent the bonding of ice to the pavement to...
Article April 09, 2007
Remember in school when you were taught in civics class on how a bill becomes a law? And then, later, you learned, just as you did about Santa Claus, that the truth is a bit different. Your sophisticated upper-grade teachers cynically equated making laws to making sausage, advising you to enjoy the...
Article April 04, 2007
Most government agencies refer to their winter operations in terms of fighting snow. This has become such a common term that the word “snow fighter” has been used to describe people who work in winter operations. Although this is just a buzzword, it does suggest that there is a fight and a...
Article May 11, 2005
The Palm Beach (Fla.) County Water Treatment Plant #3 needed to expand capacity to meet the increasing demand of a growing population. Located in Delray Beach, the plant had a 10-year-old reverse osmosis (RO) membrane system and an even older conventional lime softening system. Together, these...
Article April 16, 2003
When the snow starts to fly--and it always does--the residents of Indianapolis still need to go about their daily routine regardless of the conditions. Ice, snow and sleet bringing the city to a standstill is simply not an option. And the assumption made by the public that the roads will be clear...
Article August 27, 2002
The following is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Special Issues Fact Sheet on Water Softeners. This document supports the WQA's position on softener wastes and the fact that they are not harmful to septic systems. Home water softeners, which...
Article September 11, 2001
Extracting the maximum benefit from condensate polishing systems continues to be a top priority among many electric utility plants. With cost reduction pressures and increasing water quality standards, owners and operators continue to evaluate the resin handling procedures that affect corrosion...
ClearLane enhanced deicer
Case Studies
While the town of Winfield, N.Y., sits a short distance from major thoroughfares, the quiet, upstate village of 2,200 people still sees their fair share of traffic—and their share of icy winter roadways that need to be safe for motorists. The town’s main roads surround the school district, and...
Case Studies
After trying a test load of enhanced deicer from a local retailer, David Green, superintendent for the city of Woodstock, Vt., was sold on how much faster the product went to work in lower temperatures when compared to rock salt. It didn’t take long for Green and Woodstock to become loyal to...
ClearLane enhanced deicer
Case Studies
When economic conditions forced the city of Topeka to implement operational restructuring, the street maintenance division took on an entirely new management staff. Many new managers were relatively green when it came to winter maintenance, and to make the transition even more challenging, they...
ClearLane enhanced deicer
Case Studies
The city of Spearfish, S.D., had a problem with corrosion on their winter-maintenance equipment. The rust and corrosion had become unacceptable.   “We had deicing equipment that was extremely corroded from road salt,” said George Martin, superintendent of streets for the city. “In fact, we were...
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