Companies Look For Alternatives As Salt Supplies Diminish

Maintenance crews are looking for more effective and cheaper options to keep the streets safe and clean.

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Snow and ice removal throughout the Bloomington area has been a large concern of faculty and small businesses.

Indiana University has plenty of salt right now to deal with the most unpredicatable weather conditions we’ve had in years.

IU Landscape Architect Mia Williams says that’s because they’re using what’s called a brine system, which combines salt and water they then spray on the roads instead of using straight salt.

“There is a real salt shortage, but we are on the phone with our vendors and have secured enough salt to deal with the immediate future. The brine system is allowing us to be more effective with the use of the salt that we do have; and we will continue to do everything we can to make the campus safe,” she says.

Bloomingfood’s Market Location Manager Tom Zeta says he is running out of salt and he doesn’t have much money in his budget to buy more, so he’s looking for alternatives to keep his sidewalks safe.

“We can reduce our costs somewhat with sand, which is noticeably less expensive than salt and it does provide a fair amount of traction. So we will use a fair combination of salt and sand to make the area as walk able as possible,” Zeta says.

South Central Indiana received between four and eight inches of snow Tuesday night.

Northern Indiana was hit much harder with some areas seeing up to 10 inches of snow.

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