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Sheboygan Falls wants residents to keep the water running to avoid frozen pipes, laterals


SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WI (WHBL) - The City of Sheboygan Falls is one of the latest communities in the state to ask residents to keep the water running.

Public Works Director Jerome Benzschawel said  the best defense against frozen water pipes and water laterals is to run a very narrow stream of water in a well-draining sink during the nighttime hours when no other water is being used.  The stream does not have to be thicker than an average pencil.  While the cost for doing this is around a dollar for every eight hours, this should keep homeowners and businesses from having to pay much more for unthawing frozen pipes.

The Sheboygan Water Utility made a similar request to its customers earlier this week as they have seen an increase in calls for frozen water laterals.

A number of communities in Wisconsin have done the same, as this year’s colder than normal winter has forced frost low enough into the ground to affect water pipes.