“Last winter hit us hard,” said Longlett. “With 39 events, it went through our supply pretty good.” Last year Davenport and other neighboring cities paid about $58 per ton of salt. This year it’ll be $75 per ton, costing Davenport about $675,000 for a base supply of 9,000 tons. But this winter, the city is hoping to cut down its use of salt by 25-50%. “During the initial snowfall we’re going to be doing more of the liquids on the streets to hopefully take care of that instead of putting down quite a quantity of salt,” said Longlett. Liquids that pre-treat roads and helps melt initial snowfall, including an organic beet juice that helps bind the salt brines to the streets.
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