Sustainable Dust Control

Unlocking Sustainable Dust Control

In Dust Control, Guided Self Apply Dust Control, Sustainable Dust Control by Steve Vitale

In a world where sustainability and cost-efficiency go hand in hand, every decision we make can shape a brighter future. One such decision is rethinking how we manage dust control – an essential aspect of various industries that rely on resource-intensive methods. At Midwest, we’re revolutionizing the industry with sustainable dust control solutions designed to save you money but also significantly reduce emissions, water consumption, and fuel usage.

The Hidden Costs of Traditional Dust Control

Conventional dust control methods often involve using water trucks to suppress dust, but this seemingly simple solution comes with a hefty environmental and financial price tag. Water trucks consume fuel, primarily diesel, contributing to carbon emissions and air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation have pegged the CO2 emissions from a gallon of diesel at approximately 10,180 grams1.

Many 4,000-gallon water trucks, like the Peterbilt 348, gulp down around 8 gallons of diesel fuel per hour. This translates to a staggering 0.0897 tons of CO2 emissions per hour of use, amounting to 0.644 tons per 8-hour shift and a colossal 186.6 tons over a standard work year of 2,080 hours.

Even smaller water trucks, with an average hourly fuel consumption of 3.434 gallons2, emit around 0.0385 tons of CO2 per hour of use, culminating in 0.308 tons per 8-hour shift and 80 tons per work year. Using water for dust control is simply a bad choice.

Savings and Sustainability Unleashed: Midwest’s Sustainable Dust Control Solution

Enter Midwest with a game-changing solution that’s both sustainable and cost-effective. By opting for our sustainable dust control services, you can revolutionize your operations and make a tangible impact on both your bottom line and the environment.

1. Reduced Emissions: Our approach drastically reduces the need for water trucks, significantly curbing carbon emissions associated with fuel consumption. This reduction is pivotal in mitigating air pollution and aligning your operations with a greener ethos.


# of Water Trucks/Graders11
Maximum Hours of Operation per Day105
Days per Month2222
Operational Hours per Month220110
# of Dust Season Months1010
Maximum Operational Hours per Year2,2001,100
Fuel Consumption per Hour (gallons)85
CO2 Emissions per Gallon of Fuel Consumed (lbs.)22.422.4
Annual Fuel Consumption (gal)17,6005,060
Annual Tons of CO2 Emissions Generated19757
Estimated Reduction in Equipment Operation85%70%
Annual Reduction in CO2 Emissions16740

2. Water Conservation: With traditional methods, water consumption for dust control can be excessive. By transitioning to our sustainable dust control services, you may eliminate the need for water trucks altogether, contributing to water conservation efforts while maintaining effective dust control.


# of Water Trucks1
Working Hours per Day10
Maximum Truck Hours per Day10
Days per Month22
Water Truck Hours per Month220
Dust Season Months10
Maximum Water Truck Hours per Year2,200
Time Spent Filling Water Trucks/Travel33%
Revised Estimated Hours Spent Watering1,474
Gallons of Water Sprayed per Minute per Truck200
Gallons of Water Sprayed per Hour per Truck12,000
Estimated Gallons of Water Sprayed During Season17,688,000
Estimated Reduction in Watering with Midwest’s Sustainable Dust Control85%

3. Financial Savings: The financial benefits of adopting Midwest’s solutions are twofold. Not only do you save on fuel costs, but you also reduce maintenance expenses associated with water trucks, helping you unlock substantial savings over time. Rolling stock filter maintenance will plummet!

Customized Solutions for Your Needs

At Midwest, we understand that every operation is unique. That’s why we offer a range of tailored dust control solutions to fit your requirements. Choose from our Managed Services, where we take care of product delivery and application, or opt for Guided Self Apply, where we provide guidance to apply the product yourself. You can even blend the two approaches for a customized hybrid solution that suits your workflow.

Embrace the Future Today

By partnering with Midwest, you’re not just choosing a service – you’re choosing sustainability, efficiency, and a better bottom line. As you make the switch to sustainable dust control methods, you’ll witness the reduction in emissions, water usage, and expenses firsthand, contributing to a greener planet and a more prosperous business.

Join us in reimagining dust control. Choose Midwest and pave the way for a more sustainable future. Your operations, your wallet, and the environment will thank you. Remember, it’s not just about saving money; it’s about saving the planet.

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