In order to cope with winter conditions, salt storage is a simple way to ensure a sufficient salt supply close to areas that tend to require regular de-icing . As a result, salt storage and logistics are closely connected.
Transporting de-icing salt takes time and winter weather can hamper delivery. Europe has widespread salt deposits and there is usually a local de-icing salt supply which minimises transport costs and thus environmental impact. However, transport remains a challenge when supplying salt. To supply salt within 48 hours depends on transport capacity and infrastructure.
Thankfully, salt can be easily stored over long periods without deterioration. Storage requires a dry setting to protect the salt from high levels of humidity, rain or snow. Authorities should have adequate salt storage capacity for the winter season and maintain de-icing salt stock, regardless of winter forecasts. When adequate stocks are built up during the summer months, authorities are well prepared for when bad weather arrives.
As salt is a mineral, it never loses its capacity to melt snow and ice regardless of how long it is in storage. It is usually stacked in piles, whether indoors or outdoors.
By storing salt in an interior environment, the formation of lumpy salt that is difficult to handle is avoided. This also allows it to move through spreaders and enhances its sustainability.
By securing winter maintenance, salt storage enables the delivery of salt on time. When avoiding using up of salt, salt storage should target for a full, average winter.