DOH readies for winter by making salt brine

CHARLES TOWN — The Department of Environmental Protection is preventing the Division of Highways from using “salt” residue from well drilling to treat roadways so DOH will be making its own salt brine.

District 5 Engineer Lee Thorne said the brine generator is housed in Jefferson County because the heated building onsite had enough room to put it inside to prevent freezing.

District 5 covers Hampshire, Jefferson, Morgan, Hardy, Berkeley, Grant and Mineral counties.

“We bought a brine maker and are making our own brine water by taking the salt we buy and mixing it with water,” Thorne said.

Thorne said the brine maker could produce 5,000 gallons every four hours.

“So far we have made about 50,000 gallons and have nearly filled the tanks in all the counties,” he said.

Jefferson County has six tanks that hold the salt brine and 10 tanker trucks.

Thorne said there is also a new salt shed on Tabler Station Road in Berkeley County.

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