Melting Snow Faster Than The Sun

By KBJR News 1

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - If you've ever wondered how to melt 30 dump–truck loads of snow in an hour, Officials from St. Luke's Hospital hired a team to do just that.

This morning the crew from Interstate Companies, a snow and ice removal business, began clearing all of the snow banks that surround the downtown health care facility's parking lots, main entrances, city streets, and parking ramps.

This is the first time an operation such as this has made its way to Duluth.

St. Luke's officials chose this method of snow removal rather than waiting on Mother Nature to go to work because of its fast results...in the past, the hospital maintenance teams have removed the snow by trucking it 10 miles away.

A task that can take as much as a week to complete.

A St. Luke's maintenance manager says 60 to 80 thousand dollars is normally spent each year on snow removal.

"With using them, and trying it out, it will probably cut our costs, probably in half—50 percent," Mike Bianchet, St. Luke's Hospital maintenance manager, said.

"What we've got is a system on the back of the machine that actually filters out your fines and sedimentsand what not that are in contained within the snow. As well as any garbage and trash. What that's doing is then keeping that snow—or that debris from entering the storm sewer system," Jim Robertson, General manager for Interstate Companies, said.

Once the water is filtered, it is dispersed in the storm sewer system...Robertson says after the snow has been melted, the debris is removed and brought to a landfill.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com