Frozen Pipe Concerns Have More Cities Asking Residents to Run Water

Updated: 02/11/2014 11:36 AM
Created: 02/11/2014 11:31 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A high number of freezing and bursting pipes has more cities asking residents to run water.

Tuesday Hayfield joined that call to its community.

With this extended deep freeze, there have been dozens and dozens of calls about frozen pipes. The problems extends to every community in our area.

On Monday, Rochester Public Utilities started asking every customer to continue to monitoring their water for the next two months. If your water temperature gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you should immediately start running a continuous pencil-width stream of water from a faucet. A limited amount of thermometers are available at the RPU service center.

RPU says the current frost level is as deep as six feet, which is much deeper than levels over the past 20-30 years. If more water services freeze, customers could be without water for two to three days before a repair can be made due to many plumbing contractors being overwhelmed with calls.

The advice from RPU has been echoed from a number of communities in Iowa and Minnesota.  The problem could persist for a couple of months.

Some communities like Lanesboro and Hayfield are telling residents that the city will help offset the extra cost of running the water.

Charles City released this statement Monday, "These conditions will stay in effect until the ground thaws in the spring. Do not stop running water if we have a few warm days in the next couple of months. The ground is still frozen and the warm temperatures may even drive the frost deeper. "

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