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PW Receives National Snowfighting Award

Post Date:03/01/2018 2:37 PM

The Village's Public Works department won a Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage and application of winter salt.

The Public Works department provides snow removal and ice control for 158 miles of roads and 367 cul-de-sac. All roads are cleared within 14 hours after snow has stopped for any given snowfall amount. Sixteen large salting/plowing trucks, 20 smaller plowing trucks and other smaller vehicles, and the entire Public Works team support this program.

About 26 million tons of deicing salt are applied to roads in the United States each year. Public Works uses anywhere from 2,300 tons to 7,200 tons annually depending on how much snow falls. The Village's salt dome, built in 2008, holds a maximum of 5,500 tons and has four liquid deicer storage tanks on site with a total combined capacity of 20,000 gallons.

Hoffman Estates is one of the only 85 agencies in the United States to receive this award. Additionally, it was one of only nine new recipients this year. This recognition is a testament to the Public Works' good snow removal and ice control practices.

For more information about the department, please visit the Public Works section of the website.


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