Whitewater officials ask residents to run water to prevent freezing

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Staff | February 12, 2014

WHITEWATER—Whitewater Utilities is asking city residents to run a stream of cold water as thick around as a pencil in one faucet at every home or business 24/7 until further notice.

According to a release from the utilities department, the unusually cold winter has caused frost levels in the streets and yards to extend below the buried depth of a standard water line. The frost can cause freezing in less than four hours.

Officials say running the tap is especially important if the residence is on a dead end street or built prior to 1980.

In apartment buildings, only one unit needs to run water.

Residents won't be billed for additional water and sewer charges. They should call the City of Whitewater water billing department at (262) 473-1383 to confirm they are running water and to receive an adjusted water bill.

Residents should also check the city website for continuous updates at www.whitewater-wi.gov.

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