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Alcoa builds brine-making facility

Alcoa builds brine-making facility

ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Smoky Mountains foothills city of Alcoa has built its own brine-making facility in preparation for winter weather.

The Daily Times reported the city used about $32,000 in state street aid funds to build the mixing tank, which is about the size of a two-car garage.

Front-end loaders will dump rock salt into the tank as water is pumped in from below. Equipment in the tank mixes the two into brine that has about a 24 percent saline content.