Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 18, 2014

Local towns issue water line freeze warnings


— Residents in two local towns are being advised to let water run from faucets in their homes to prevent freezing of pipes.

Town officials in Bristol and Millersburg issued the warnings, saying that there are an increasing number of municipal water customers reporting frozen pipes.

The Millersburg Water Utility staff said the frost line beneath the pavement in town is 4.5 feet deep, causing water lines to freeze and, in some cases, break.

The utility staff recommends that all residential and commercial water customers leave their water run, at a single cold-water faucet, located inside their home or business. The water should be run in a small stream the size of a pencil lead. Running water is less likely to freeze, according to the staff.

Although a warming trend is anticipated, according to the staff, the frost line will not fluctuate as quickly as the air temperature. Millersburg Water Utility crews will monitor the frost line depth and notify utility customers when the freeze warning is canceled.

All Millersburg residential and commercial customers who leave their water running as a preventative measure can contact the utility business office at 574-642-3976 to receive a billing adjustment from the date the utility business office is contacted until the end final day of the freeze warning. Those who have notified the office of their participation will have their water and sewer bills adjusted.

Customers who experience loss of water service, or a slower than normal water flow, due to a frozen water line are asked to contact the water utility maintenance department at 574-971-6429.