Westmont, Illinois – Date Issued: December 11, 2023
The Village of Westmont would like to remind residents about the importance of proper and responsible salt use during snow and ice removal. According to a report from the Illinois State Water Survey, chloride concentrations in Illinois waterways have been steadily increasing since the 1960’s. Much of the increase can be attributed to road salts that are used in the winter to melt snow from sidewalks, driveways, and roads. These chlorides never fully dissipate when stormwater runoff carries road salt into storm drains and streams. Once in the water, there is no way to remove the chloride, which can become harmful for fish and plant life. It takes only one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.
Below are some tips provided by the County of DuPage Stormwater Management Department to help ensure that we are all doing our part to reduce chlorides in our area waterways:
Locally, the DuPage County Stormwater Department, the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and the Lower Des Plaines Watershed Workgroup monitor local waterways on a daily basis to measure chlorides from road salt. For more information regarding proper snow and ice removal, please check out the following videos:
DuPage County Love Blue Live Green “Winter Deicing for Residents” PSA Video
DuPage Conservation Foundation “Salt Smart, Save More” Webinar - Presentation regarding the harmful impact of salt in our freshwater supply