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Environmental Benefits of Liquid Brine [2 of 10]

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[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 13, 2019 8:31:27 AM / by Phill Sexton


In this MASTER TRAINING (by ICE MASTER SYSTEMS®) on liquid brine deicing with Phill Sexton with WIT Advisers you will learn the benefits of liquid brine for the environment.

So from an awareness standpoint, let's talk about why salt use is so important when we talk about the environment.

So really what it boils down to is salt is a pollutant that we're allowed to apply somewhat unregulated. The environmental protection agency does designate sodium chloride and other salts used in winter management as a pollutant. It also does allow us to use it.

However as an industry we're not really an industry that measures, that's regulated by a standard application rate, and so therefore we're somewhat allowed to put it down freely, without being regulated. Furthermore though, what's happened in the last at least decade now is there's been many consistent studies that have shown a dramatic rise in chloride contamination of fresh water. Because that’s happening, it’s important for us as an industry to understand how we reduce our use without necessarily sacrificing safety or level of service.

So I think it's just important to keep in mind, that from an environmental perspective chloride contamination is on the rise and because of that rise of both accumulated pollution of fresh water and the rise of awareness of this, it's important for us as an industry to start to understand strategies of how we reduce our use.

I think the bottom line is that research is showing that (just to sort of dispel the argument about where this salt is really coming from) previously it was perceived that most salt use was coming from...

  • Roads (road crews)
  • DOTs

The research has now actually been very conclusive to say "Well, hold on a minute". Nowadays this pollution is actually coming from

  • Private parking lots
  • Private road systems

So that's where the target of opportunity, but also the target is on our back as an industry in order to start solving this. So I think to try to answer the question "Why would this be a no-brainer?" (changing the way we do things and incorporating liquids in to the process).

Think about the benefits in terms of...

  • Environmental
  • Economical
  • Quality of Service

When you think about it from an environmental perspective, there's really just one major benefit which is LESS SALT MEANS LESS POLLUTION, WHICH IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, BETTER FOR DRINKING WATER, BETTER FOR FRESH WATER RESOURCES IN GENERAL

If the environment's just not enough. I can understand that, so then let's move on to the economic benefits.


Interested in more FREE TRAINING? Here are links to the complete course:

Why is Using Liquid Brine Important? [1 of 10]

Environmental Benefits of Liquid Brine [2 of 10]

Economical Benefits of Liquid Brine [3 of 10]

Level of Service Benefits of Liquid Brine [4 of 10]

Rock Salt vs Liquid Brine [5 of 10]

Preventing the Bond of Snow & Ice with Liquid Brine [6 of 10]

What are the Barriers of Switching to Liquid Brine Deicing? [7 of 10]

Why Aren't More Clients Asking for a Liquids Approach? [8 of 10]

How do we Make the Change to Liquids? [9 of 10]

Liquid Brine Spraying Techniques [10 of 10]


Economical benefits of liquid brine - CTA


Topics: Benefits of Liquids

Phill Sexton

Written by Phill Sexton

I am the founder and CEO of WIT Advisers. I am a veteran of the winter and landscape management industry. As a technician, manager, executive and company owner, my growing concern about the environmental impacts of my trade and evolving interest in sustainable best practices led me to developing my company. I enjoy sharing best practices about how to control snow and ice more efficiently.

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