POSSIBLE FROZEN WATER SERVICE LINES
Numerous Midwestern communities are having issues with the cold weather and the depth of frost affecting private water services to property. Due to continuous extreme cold weather this winter, the frost table is lower than previous years and is resulting in widespread frozen water service lines in some places. The risk of frozen service lines could continue for several weeks or months. The City of Eagle Lake has had several services in the Le Sueur Avenue and Maywood Avenue that have frozen.
A way to test if your water service line is at risk of freezing up is to allow your cold water to run until it is very cold and then check the water temperature. The water temperature should be around 45 degrees or more. If the temperature drops to 40 degrees or below, you may have an impending water line freeze up and the frost line may be getting close to your service line. The maintenance of the water service line is the responsibility of the property owner. If the water services freezes, you will have no water service to your property.
What can you do?
You can help prevent your service line from freezing by letting the water run at a pencil size stream from a faucet in your home which is about 360 gallons per day. Please contact the City of Eagle Lake to tell us that you plan to continuously run water at your property. The cost of running the water will be the property owner’s, but the City of Eagle Lake will try to work with property owners in regards to this.
If you experience a frozen water service line, please contact a plumber immediately.
Please feel free to contact the City of Eagle Lake with any questions at 507-257-3218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.