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The town of Orleans is not the only local municipality where residents have suffered from water contamination possibly caused by state Department of Transportation salt storage.
A study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene found that chloride concentrations exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water-quality criteria at 55 percent and 25 percent of the 168 monitoring locations in northern metropolitan areas from November to April.
The water utility for suburban Maryland said the salt used to treat Washington-area roads and sidewalks during the icy winter probably caused significantly higher levels of sodium chloride in the Potomac River, which provides drinking water for the county.
To contend with one of the snowiest winters on record – with storm after storm pelting the state – New Jersey has caked its freeways, local streets and country roads in thick, powdery layers of salt.