Chlorides and Water Softeners
Frequently Asked Questions about Chloride
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has reissued the Village’s waste water discharge permit. The new permit requires lower limits on chlorides that the treatment plant discharges. Chlorides or salts are not something we can treat at our sewer plant therefore; we must concentrate on reducing chlorides in the water coming into the sewer plant, i.e. water softeners and road salts.
The Village is constantly trying to reduce the amount of road salt used on icy roads. Water softener usage, on the other hand, is entirely up to the residents.
If the Village is unsuccessful in reducing the amount or chlorides in the waste water, the alternatives are an increase in operational costs.