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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


You may have heard about the concept of using liquids for snow and ice control, but are wondering if there is really any benefit to it over against rock salt. In this post about liquid brine de-icing with Phill Sexton, you will learn the benefits of liquid brine for the environment.


Environmental Contamination

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

Really what it boils down to is that salt is a pollutant 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, but we are also allow to use it.

However, we're not really an industry that measures or that is regulated by a standard application rate, and so therefore we're somewhat allowed to put salt down freely; without being regulated. Furthermore though, in the last at least decade now, there has 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.

I think it's important to keep in mind that from an environmental perspective, chloride contamination is on the rise. Because of the 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.



The Main Causes of Contamination

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 lies. 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...




I hope this article has helped you understand the environmental benefits of using liquid brine. To shop our variety of liquid brine sprayers, visit our website. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and we'll get back to you.


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]


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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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