The staff at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison have developed a brine to cut back on salt use by taking salt from their lab’s water softeners and turning it into a solution. The goal is to cut back on the use of rock salt to protect the lakes and drinking water because once salt is in the groundwater and lakes it’s very hard to get rid of. In this video from Building Wisconsin TV, we show how being salt wise with water softeners can also make a big impact in reducing salt pollution. Host Stuart Keith meets with Steve Breitlow and Cory Thompson from Plumbers Local 75, Kathy Lake from the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Luke Bauer from Monona Plumbing & Fire Protection and Allison Madison from WI Salt Wise. Learn how your water softener works, how it’s repaired and when it should be replaced.

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