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City of Ottawa launches pilot project aimed at reducing salt use during winter months

The city will be using a treated blue salt on sidewalks in the downtown core in order to assess the environmental impacts and cost effectiveness.
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In an effort to reduce the amount of salt used in the city during the winter months, a pilot project has been launched using a treated blue salt in place of traditional salt. PHOTO/ City of Ottawa

Ottawans may soon notice some blue sidewalks in the downtown core. 

In an effort to reduce the amount of salt used in the city during the winter months, a pilot project has been launched using treated blue salt in place of traditional salt. 

The blue salt is designed to react more quickly when it's applied to a surface. 

"This treated salt, not only is it new, but we're pre-treating it with a material that will allow it to be more effective at all times, and even in colder temperatures to help us maintain sidewalks safety," says City of Ottawa Road Services Manager Bryden Denyes. "Residents are going to start seeing a difference in the downtown core area where we have the salt going out."

In addition to reducing the amount of salt used during the winter, the pilot project will also allow the city to assess the environmental impacts and cost effectiveness of using the treated salt.

 

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