The abnormally warmer weather in December and lack of snow for the first half of this winter protected our water supply. Because road salt wasn’t needed for several weeks, it remained out of storm drains and drinking water.

People should know that anything that dissolves in water, including sugar or food coloring, melts snow. Salt is cheap, but it makes water undrinkable. Canada uses tomato juice.

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We need to protect our water sources and find an alternative to melt our snow.

Gregory M. Gusew

Lake Ronkonkoma