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Think of groundwater before salting your property1 min read

Oct 2, 2023 < 1 min

Think of groundwater before salting your property1 min read

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This winter, think of groundwater before salting your property.

Salt is a major water quality concern in Waterloo Region. The salt spread on the ground does not go away. Eventually this salt mixes with groundwater; the water we drink.

Through our source water protection work, the Region of Waterloo is working with commercial and multi-residential properties to follow winter maintenance practices to reduce salt use while keeping in mind winter safety.

Are you involved with winter maintenance for work? Join our free webinar on Thursday, Oct. 19. Learn how to identify areas where ice might form and proactive steps you can take now to manage those slip and fall hazards this winter.

Visit to learn more about this free webinar with practical tips for your winter maintenance plan.

Are you ready for winter? Here are some tips to get started:

  • Prepare your snow clearing tools and make sure they are in good working order. This might include a shovel, ice chopper, traction sand or sand/salt mix
  • Redirect downspouts away from paved areas to reduce ice from forming
  • Winterize your rain barrel so it stays in good condition for next season

Visit for more ideas on how everyone can help keep salt out of our groundwater.