Once you put salt down, it doesn't go away. It washes off surfaces and accumulates in local lakes, streams and drinking water. You can keep sidewalks and driveways safe this winter while protecting our waters by following these simple steps:
Clear walkways and other areas before the snow turns to ice. The more snow you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it will be.
If you apply salt to pavement, aim for a pattern like this, leaving space between salt grains. A coffee mug full of salt is enough to treat a 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares. A hand spreader can help create this pattern.
When the pavement temperature is below 15 degrees, salt won't work. Switch to a different ice melter (like a blend) that works at a lower temperature, or use sand for traction.
Stripes on roads before a storm are anti-icing. They show that your professional maintenance crew is concerned about safety and is saving money, time and protecting our environment!
Water softener salt ends up in local freshwater bodies. If your household softener uses more than 1 bag of salt per month, have a professional tune it up or replace it with a high-efficiency model.
That many tons permanently pollutes almost half a trillion gallons of Wisconsin's water.
WI Salt Wise thanks the stores below for posting WI Salt Wise signs in their locations this winter.
We appreciate their help getting the word out about smart winter maintenance!