Whether you’re a fan of the snow or were secretly hoping the mild fall would continue right into spring, winter is upon us and the Village of Elm Grove crews are ready. Prior to the snow season, the DPW employees survey their routes for hazards, low hanging branches, manholes that need repair as well as mark corners and intersections as needed to help guide them during a snow event. Time is spent setting up trucks and snow removal equipment to ensure everything is ready to go.
Each year, plow drivers attend meetings and training relative to snow removal and deicing. Our goal is to keep roads, parking lots and sidewalks safe this winter by using the right amount of salt. More isn’t always better, especially when it comes to winter salt use. Excess salt can harm plants and animals, pollute our water, damage buildings and corrode vehicles, roads and bridges. Did you know that 1 teaspoon of salt can pollute 5 gallons of water? Once you put salt down, it doesn’t go away. Instead, it travels into our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, putting our aquatic life at risk and endangering our freshwater resources. The good news is that a little salt can go a long ways if applied properly.
The Village of Elm Grove is using sensible salting practices such as applying salt brine before the storm (known as anti-icing), then focusing on mechanical removal of snow (plowing) before applying the salt to reduce waste and overuse. Once the snow is removed from the roadway, the salt is applied on an as needed basis to intersections, hills and curves for safety.