Brine (Salt + Water)

Applying brine before the storm works like putting oil on a skillet before you fry your food. Brine prevents a bond from forming between snow and the pavement so plow blades can more efficiently clear the roads. But don't take it from us, get the scoop from the Marathon County Highway Department (video below).

Compared to rock salt, salt brine works faster, saves money and stays in place.


Read More:

5 steps to a Winter Liquids Program (published article)

Water Softener Brine Reclamation and use for Winter Maintenance (presentation)


Need brine for a municipality or another public entity?

Dane County can sell brine to municipal/public entities. Contact Dan Behrend, Operations Manager for Dane County Highway Department at . The price for 2020-21 is $0.30 per gallon.

Need brine for a private company?

Check out these local vendors:

Envirosealers, LLC  - Envirosealers sells salt brine and brine application equipment (; 920-420-0391) 

WI Salt Wise Partnership: A coalition of organizations working together to reduce salt pollution in our lakes, streams and drinking water.