Be Salt WIse!

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Manager Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2016
8AM-2PM
Madison Metro. Sewerage District- Madison, WI
For more information or to register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/effective-winter-maintenance-workshop-for-managers-saving-time-budget-and-our-waters-tickets-27754269768
Field Staff Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 2016
8AM-2PM
Madison Metro. Sewerage District- Madison, WI
For more information or to register visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/effective-winter-maintenance-workshop-for-field-staff-saving-time-budget-and-our-waters-tickets-27758779256

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:

1. Shovel

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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.

2. Scatter

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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 for about 60-70 feet of sidewalk. A hand spreader can help create this pattern.

3. Switch

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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.

What did WI spend on salt for its highways last year?

$40,456,343!

And that doesn't include what communities, businesses and homeowners spent!

 
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So, how many tons of salt is that?

669,807 tons

That many tons permanently pollutes almost half a trillion gallons of Wisconsin's water.

 

That's about...


53,500
school buses

121,800
elephants

4,400
blue whales

3,630
commercial airplanes

And costs $3,304 per lane mile!

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We can all work together to improve our salt use!

Click below to see what you can do

If we dont act now, our drinking water is at risk.

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Use less than
4 pounds

of salt
per 1,000 square feet.

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It takes only
1 teaspoon
for road salt

to pollute 5 gallons
of water

Less salt
=
healthier waters

Safe winter driving
is as easy as 1-2-3:

 

1. Wait
Wait to allow time for plowing and deicers

2. Know
Know the current road conditions before you hit the road.

3. Slow
Travel slowly, and use caution and reason.

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Less salt on the road equals less salt in the water.

Using the right amount of salt is as safe as oversalting.

Become WI Salt Wise!

 
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