Dingolfing

Climate & Environment
Bavarian town uses cucumber water instead of liquid salt to protect against icey streets
Bavarian town uses cucumber water instead of liquid salt to protect against icey streets
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For a year now, the road maintenance department in Dingolfing has been using cucumber water instead of liquid salt to make the roads safe in winter. The verdict so far has been very good - the cucumber water works best and is kind to the environment at the same time.

In the future, the use of cucumber water in Dingolfing is expected to replace and thus save up to 1,000 tonnes of road salt. The wastewater from the pickle production of the delicatessen manufacturer Develey now replaces a large part of the liquid brine made from salt for winter road maintenance. For the past year, the water with seven per cent salt content has been converted into 21 per cent brine and then spread on the roads against ice and snow in liquid form by the clearing and gritting vehicles.