Utility Department Suggests Measuring Water Temperatures

With frigid winter temperatures upon us, the frost under the ground may approach water utility lines. Most water mains and individual service water lines in the city are buried deep enough to prevent freezing, however, some individual service lines are not deep enough.

Residents can check to see if pipes are threatened by turning faucets on cold for five to 10 minutes and checking the temperature with a thermometer. If the water temperature is under 38 degrees, the Utility Department recommends that your water be left running at a small, steady trickle until the ground warms up again.

“Thawing out services for frozen water pipes often times can cost more than the few gallons of water running from the trickle,” says Public Works Director Mitch Bitz. Please contact the Utility Department with questions or concerns at 701-667-3240.