New salt certification program looks to lower contamination levels in Madison water

New salt certification program looks to lower contamination levels in Madison water

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced a new winter salt program via a news release Thursday, unveiling a new tier system for Madison companies in salt responsibility.

According to the release, most parking lots and sidewalks receive 10 to 20 times more salt than necessary to melt ice in the winter, and the remaining salt is washed away. Only one teaspoon of salt contaminates five gallons of water, and it does not break down.

The Winter Salt Certification Program is a voluntary education process for Wisconsin snow removal workers, and companies that go through the certification process will receive one of three ratings according to their performance. The program will cover when, how and how often to apply salt to icy roadways.

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