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2/13/2014 12:13:00 PM
Avoid freezing water lines

Coal City residents can avoid their water service from freezing by allowing one of the sinks within their home to maintain a slow, steady trickle of water. This is necessary due to the constant freezing temperatures. The potential for water services freezing increases with the increased age of your home.

Coal City Village Hall has been receiving quite a few calls regarding residents having trouble with their water service. So far, 10 residents have inquired about their service being shutoff. This is not the case. Water is no longer being provided to the house because their water service from the Village's main line was not installed at the proper depth. If the water line installed to the residence is not a minimum of 4 feet in depth, there is the possibility the line could freeze due to the current weather conditions.

If you are a Coal City resident and your house was built prior to 1990, it is in your best interest to let the water trickle at your residence in order to ensure the water service does not freeze. The houses that experienced frozen lines utilized their water intermittingly allowing the water service to freeze. Allowing a slow trickle within one of the sinks at your house will ensure some water is constantly flowing through the service line.

Frozen water lines create many problems. Homeowners are without water service while the line is frozen and thawing the lines can lead to greater fire potentials. Although the weather is getting slightly warmer, do not take that as a sign to stop maintaining a trickle of water at your house. The warmer temperatures will drive the frost deeper into the ground causing greater potential for more water services to freeze. Village crews are already attempting to restore services throughout the Village; please assist by lessening the potential for more frozen water lines.

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