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Harsh winter puts high demand on salt supplies

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Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Salt is in high demand as some area communities are feeling the affects of what's been a long, harsh winter.

Recently, the city of Menomonie had to purchase about 68 tons of salt from Eau Claire County. Menomonie says it paid $68.50, per ton, which is the state mandated price. The city says it can't get anymore from its regular supplier, North American Salt. 

The problem is, Menomonie says what it purchased from Eau Claire County is already almost gone. Now Menomonie is asking other cities and counties if they have salt to spare, but so far, no luck.

WQOW News 18 reached out to Eau Claire County who says it's waiting to get more salt in, before giving up any more. The county says it will help neighbors out as it can, but wants to make sure it has enough to cover its own needs.

Already this winter, Eau Claire County has used about 3,100 tons of its salt supply, which started at 3,500 tons. The county also has 1,000 tons of salt on reserve with its supplier, Cargill. The county says it's waiting to hear whether or not that is still available.

We expect to hear from the Department of Transportation on Wednesday about the salt shortage. Tuesday WQOW News 18 was told the DOT is working on an effort to conserve remaining salt supplies.

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