While salt certainly can make roads more navigable, it's important to keep in mind that moderation is key. The salt you spread does not simply disappear, and the amount you put down may be costing extra money and doing more harm than good.
Pavement Temp F
One Pound of Salt (NaCl) Melts
46.3 lbs of ice
14.4 lbs of ice
8.6 lbs of ice
6.3 lbs of ice
4.9 lbs of ice
4.1 lbs of ice
3.7 lbs of ice
3.2 lbs of ice
Dry salt is ineffective and will blow away before it melts anything
The residue from winter maintenance doesn’t go away, and communities are starting to take notice of the negative effects over-application can cause. Wisconsinites care deeply for their natural resources, and research shows that road salt is accumulating in our lakes, rivers, groundwater and drinking water supplies. Studies show about half of this accumulation is traced back to applications on sidewalks and parking lots.
Overusing salt not only breaks down infrastructure, damages vegetation and takes a toll on our aquatic life, but it also causes you and your company to appear indifferent to our environment’s future. Using less salt and using it correctly will improve your efficiency, accuracy and performance. It will also save you money, impress your customers and protect our lakes, rivers and drinking water.
Utilize the DCI Map online tool to measure the areas you are looking to apply ice melting products:
Use the square foot of your lot or length of your route with the application charts to calculate the type and amount of product to apply.
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!