Winter storms are hitting states around the country, bringing with them severe snow, ice, and sleet. While snow days conjure warm memories of staying home, sledding, and drinking hot chocolate for home and property owners, it’s not all fun and games for grounds teams. It’s imperative they keep sidewalks, parking lots, and roads clear to ensure the area is safe for all.While there are many ways to keep property clear of snow and ice with melting products, solutions like salt and certain types of ice melt can have negative effects on the surrounding environment. Road salt can contaminate drinking water, kill, or endanger wildlife, increase soil erosion, and damage private and public property. For example, a study in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology showed that 24% of drinking wells were contaminated by salt that had been used on roads (https://nyti.ms/3oji2zc).
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