Why is Spring Street Sweeping So Important?

Why is Spring Street Sweeping So Important?

When most people consider street sweeping, they think of the fall, when the leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. They think of garbage that rolls on the sidewalks and the other harmful debris that get picked up by the truck. While leaves and trash are very negative for sewer systems and water filtration plants, if the streets were not swept in the spring, our waterways would be impacted more significantly. Throughout the course of a cold winter, it isn’t uncommon for ice to form in front of businesses and on roads. As a result, we spread sand and other chemicals to break down the ice to make these areas safer for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The chemicals that are spread commonly contain chloride, which is very dangerous to waterways. According the the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it only takes 1 teaspoon of road salt to permanently damage 5 gallons of water. Once the salt is in the water, there is virtually no way to remove it. Also, the sand that is laid down to improve traction can build up and clog storm drains, requiring a larger machine (and a larger budget) to address. It’s better to take care of your spring cleaning as soon as the weather allows, and Bortek offers a few solutions.

For entities looking to pick up a few extra machines for their spring cleaning, Bortek offers machines for daily, weekly, monthly, and long term rental periods. We have recent models from the top brands, and our in-house factory-trained technicians make sure they are always running at peak performance. Visit our rental page to learn more!