USGS | GPE – January 08, 2018:
Snow-affected urban areas are particularly vulnerable.
A U.S. Geological Survey report finds that many U.S. rivers are becoming increasingly salty, which contributes to corrosion in water distribution systems. Concentrations of chloride—a main component of salt—and other measures of potential corrosivity increased in many rivers between 1992 and 2012.
The increases were most notable in snow-affected urban areas in the northern U.S. because of road salt use.
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