A Virginia-based organization devoted to the safe and environmentally sound use of road salt has recognized Lake in the Hills for its storage practices.
The Salt Institute named the village among the 2011 winners of the Excellence in Storage Award, according to a news release.
The village was one of 159 agencies in the United States and Canada to receive the award.
Of all the agencies recognized, Lake in the Hills was one of three in McHenry County and one of 12 in Illinois.
At one time it was commonplace to store road salt outside and uncovered, according to the Salt Institute. But today, measures are made to keep salt indoors and on an impermeable surface.
Road salt — or sodium chloride — can migrate to ground water used for public water supplies and also contaminate surface waters, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
During storage, road salt should be covered to prevent salt from lumping or dissolving in storm-water runoff.