Curb the salt

Think you know salt? Take the quiz and find out.

Salt impacts our water.

When snow melts or when it rains, the salt placed on roads, parking lots and sidewalks to keep us safe, washes into our waterways or travels underground. Over time, if we don't manage our salt use, salt levels will increase in the drinking water causing it to taste salty.

Illustration of aquifer

Salt also impacts us in other ways. Click here to learn how.

We all have a role to play.

Protecting water from the overuse of salt benefits everyone. The Region of Waterloo is committed to protecting water but needs your help to keep water clean now and for future generations.

  • Shovel sooner than later

  • Use salt wisely
  • Use salt alternatives
  • Prevent ice
  • Wear winter boots
  • Put snow tires on your car

Share with us how you will help protect water.

More about salt management . . .

blue arrow Take the "Think you know salt?" quiz

blue arrow Winter fun activity book for kids

blue arrow Tips for clearing driveways and sidewalks

blue arrow Prevent ice to reduce the risk of slips and falls

blue arrow Winter walking and salt management for public walkways

blue arrow Winter driving and salt management for roads

blue arrow Answers to frequently asked questions

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More salt doesn't always mean a safer walkway. How much salt do you really need? Make the comparison by moving your cursor on and off the below photo of the sidewalk.

Before using salt, click here to get the facts.

More salt doesn't always mean a safer walkway

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Curb the Salt. Salt impacts our water. We all have a role to play.