City of Milton issues pipe-freeze advisory

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Gazette staff
Friday, February 14, 2014

MILTON—The city of Milton has added itself to the list of area municipalities asking residents to keep water running in an effort to prevent water pipes from freezing.

The city's water utility recommends residents to run a thin, pencil-sized stream of water in their homes for the next week. The measure will ensure water remains warmer in lateral pipes going into homes, lessening the chance of pipes freezing up.

City officials say three of the city's 1,900 water customers have had frozen water pipes, as temperatures remain below normal and frost has reached record depths underground. That has threatened to freeze residential lateral pipes and city utility laterals and water mains.

The city will issue a water credit to customers based on annual consumption at this time last year. Upcoming bills will reflect the dollar amounts for the credit once it is established, officials said.

The recommendation to continue running water will remain in effect until Friday, Feb. 21, when the city will re-evaluate the need for the measure and make another announcement.

Last updated: 3:40 pm Friday, February 14, 2014

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