Endless snowstorms lead to spike in New Jersey tap water sodium levels

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Friday, March 6, 2015

NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- The scent of flowers in spring is remarkable, but do you ever give any thought to the salty tang of winter?

The endless wave of snowstorms has left New Jersey with a salty aftertaste, because the tons of rock salt used for road treatments have seeped down to the water table.

And experts say that is raising the sodium level in your tap water.

Utilities are trying to cut the salt by mixing in water from cleaner sources.

They're also warning those on low-sodium diets for hypertension to be aware of the extra salt in their water.

According to published reports, sodium levels in United Water's supply is more than five times the EPA's advisory standard for those on a sodium-restricted diets.

Sodium levels were even higher last year.