We can create a solution to this problem by 2041 as this saves us about 25% of the salt we use (we used 40,000-50,000 tonnes of salt annually). This could be a solution to the salt problem because salt needs moisture to melting ice and snow unlike anti-icing as it is a kick start which starts melting ice and snow right away. This can be applied in advance and won’t get soaked up into the road or won’t go into the storm drains, even if a little gets into the storm drains it does not affect the water as much as salt. This is happening in Pittsburgh and this should be happening in Canada as it is a more environmentally friendly. I think Brampton should start using anti-icing, this would be a big investment for Brampton but would be worth it. As salt is much more expensive, salt doesn't do as good of a job as anti-icing and more environmentally friendly.
Effect on Economy
Road salts are widely used all across Canada as forms of anti-icing chemicals for mainly as a way to maintain the harsh, winter roads. As road salt is a easy way for us to maintain the roads, there are some major economic impacts. An economic impact of road salt in Canada include damage to roads, bridges and parking garages such as corrosion taking place on all infrastructures. Due to do these damages, there are now costs of implementing corrosion protection procedures. Also, the salt corrosion caused by road salt affect many aspects of motor vehicles which then need to be repaired. When all of these costs are accounted for, the costs of road salts become substantial.
Not only does road salt have economic impacts on Canada, but also internationally. A recent study has shown that the environmental service commissioner in Rochester, New York purchased about 27,000 tons of road salt. He paid 46.80 dollars per ton this year but last year it was 38.30 dollars per a ton. Road maintenance for winter takes 20% of the budget for transportation maintenance. State and local agencies spend about 2.3 billion dollars on on snow and ice control yearly.
Over the last year the salt production rose over 9%. A report taken showed that in 2014 the salt production industry was for 2.2 billion now over 2 years the salt production is a 2.3 billion dollar industry. This means that the salt industry made over 1 million dollars over a 2 year span due to the price of road salt increasing.