Public Works Expo 2018

MD28 - Liquids 301 (Part 3 of a series of 4 sessions on the use of liquids)

Aug 27, 2018 3:00pm ‐ Aug 27, 2018 3:50pm


Many agencies under pressure to reduce the use of chlorides in winter maintenance are switching to liquids-based solutions including salt brine, other chloride brines, and a blend of these brines with a variety of carbohydrate-based additives. This session will explore best practices for using liquids and provide you the tools to weigh the associated labor, equipment, and materials costs.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Quantify the expected reductions in total salt use from implementing a liquids program.
  • Identify the costs, potential reductions, and benefits of switching to liquid-assisted snow and ice management solutions.
  • Describe how a fully implemented liquids program will provide improved levels of service and safety.


  • Eric Hartmann, Vice President of Operations , Tovar Snow Professionals, Inc., East Dundee, IL
  • Bret Hodne, PWLF, Public Works Director, City of West Des Moines, IA
  • Wilf Nixon, PE, PhD, PWLF, VP Science & the Environment, Salt Institute, Naples, FL

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