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Water pipes could continue to freeze in coming weeks

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By Anna Erickson

Although temperatures soared into the 40s earlier this week to help thaw snow and ice, water pipes are continuing to freeze in Park Rapids.

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City administrator John McKinney said another person was at City Hall Tuesday morning with a frozen water line. The frost line goes deeper once it begins to thaw.

In a letter from Mayor Pat Mikesh to the citizens of Park Rapids, he asks people to monitor their water.

“Due to continual extreme cold weather this winter, the frost is deeper than normal. This is causing many water services within the city to freeze. Please be advised, the cost to thaw or repair a water service is the property owner’s responsibility. In most cases, this has proven costly.

“We are doing everything we can on our end to reduce the risk of frozen water lines. At this point, we are asking for your assistance to reduce the risk of your service from freezing.”

Please begin monitoring the temperature of your water with the following instructions:

Run your cold water until the water seems as cold as it can get to the touch and then take the temperature.

If your water is above 40 degrees your service should be safe for the time being. Continue to monitor at least once a day.

If your water drops below 40 degrees, begin monitoring several times daily.

If your water drops to 35 degrees, run a continuous stream of water the size of a wood pencil from one of your faucets and contact the city immediately at 732-3163.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of contacting City Hall for any continuous running of water. The city’s water capacity is limited. Additionally, the city is offering a water credit for the current billing cycle for those whose water temperature has dropped to 36 degrees or below. The amount of the refund will be determined at a later date. To receive the credit, residents must apply at City Hall and certify that their water tested at 36 degrees or less,” Mikesh wrote.

The risk of frozen water services could continue for several weeks. If citizens have any questions or would like additional information, call City Hall at 732-3163.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
(218) 732-3364
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