Snow Removal Companies To Attend Workshops Discussing New De-Icing Methods

Bernie Tafoya
September 13, 2018 - 12:10 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In the northern suburbs in a couple of weeks, people will be preparing for something we’d rather not think about for a while - snow and icy weather. 

Three days of workshops are planned for the beginning of October for private companies and governments that remove snow from roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.

Mike Adam of the Lake County Health Department in the northern suburbs said people will be taught ways to minimize their use of road salt, a pollutant that gets into lakes, rivers and groundwater, but still get the same melting. He said the salt can affect aquatic life.

"There’s also a lot of techniques to make sure salt stays on road. If you don’t do anything to the road, you don’t pre-treat the salt, it can just bounce off the road into the ditch and it’s not doing anybody any good," he said.

One technique to be talked about at the workshops will be anti-icing where, "they actually spray a liquid down before the storm hits and that actually prevents, retards the snow from sticking to the pavement and allows them to more easily clear the roads," Adam said.

Adam said governments and companies can wind up spending less money on salt, and still have safe roads.