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Help protect your home from frozen water pipes
The extremely cold weather and very deep frost have caused water service lines to freeze in some areas. The possibility of freezing service lines may continue throughout the winter. While it is up to homeowners to decide on their own course of action, letting the cold water run continuously from one faucet throughout the day and night may be helpful in preventing frozen water pipes. The recommended amount of flow is about a ¼ gallon per minute, or roughly a stream the diameter of a pencil.
To gauge the likelihood of possible freezing services, homeowners should check their services by running their tap water until it is cold, and then measure the temperature of the water. If the temperature of your water is 35 degrees or lower, we are recommending that you consider letting your water continuously run at a small, steady stream. If the temperature is lower than 35 degrees, be sure to keep the water running at all times until the water temperature increase to above 40 degrees. We are strongly encouraging residents to only run their faucets if they are convinced that by not doing so, their service line will likely freeze up. Conserving water should be a year-round mindset and effort by all of our users.
Homeowners deciding to employ this option would be charged for the additional water used and the sanitary sewer flow generated. As an example of the additional costs, if you ran your faucet at a rate of one quarter of a gallon per minute, you would be using about 360 gallons of water in a 24-hour period. At the 2014 rate for water of $2.56 per 1,000 gallons, you would be spending about $.92 a day to ensure you have running water in your home. The additional cost to you for the increased sanitary sewer flow at the 2014 rate for sewer of $3.30 per 1,000 gallons would be $1.19 per day. The total additional increase per month to your utility bill using the above example would be $64.30. The following is a link to the City's 2014 Utilities rates which will provide additional information on the City's tiered rate structure for those who decide to run their water:
Lastly, if you do decide to run water, you are asked to contact our Utility Billing staff to get your name on the list so that your water meter can be read, and then re-read after the frost has subsided. A determination will then be made of how much additional water you used during the winter months. That information will be used to reduce your calculated summer wastewater charges. Failure to notify the Utility Billing staff at the time you start continuously running your water will forfeit your right to claim a summer wastewater credit. Utility Billing staff can be reached at 952-563-8726 during regular business hours.
For more information, contact the City's Utilities Division at 952-563-8777, between the hours of 7 a.m. - to 4 p.m.
The City of Bloomington does not have water restrictions in place now and we don't anticipate any in the future. Follow this link for ways you can help conserve water.
Utilities employs more than 50 people to run the water treatment plant, do field maintenance, serve customers and administer the area. Working in the background all day and every day, the division processes clear, clean water at the water treatment plant and distributes it to your tap. The same efficiency is used to manage the sanitary sewer collection system that processes your "used" wastewater.
The third water use component is storm water, the runoff from rains and snow. Managing storm water and safeguarding wetlands are functions of the Engineering Division.
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For more information, contact:
Robert J. Cockriel, Utilities Superintendent