Be Salt WIse!

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 to treat a 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares. 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.

4. Love the


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!



5. Salt Wise

Water softener

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.

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


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...

school buses


blue whales

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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