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A New Solution for Snow and Ice Removal

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

Virginia weather can be unpredictable and highly dangerous. Taking proactive and precautionary measures, Farmington’s Golf Course Maintenance team designed a system that breaks down rock salt to be applied to roads before anticipated snow storms in order to both improve driving conditions and expedite snow removal. Two 275-gallon tanks were modified so salt could be broken down in one tank while a salt solution would overflow into the second tank. Salinity was then measured. Once measured and found to be between 23% and 27%, the solution was transferred to spray trucks and applied to the roads.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

The condition of Farmington roads greatly improved and the snow removal process has been significantly eased. Members have expressed appreciation for Farmington’s newest safety procedure and have enjoyed greater access to the Club as a result.

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Julie Brown

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