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Coal City residents urged to let water drip to avoid freezing

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

COAL CITY – Coal City residents are being advised to allow one of the sinks in their home to maintain a slow, steady trickle of water line to keep their water service from freezing.

This is necessary because of the constant freezing temperatures, according to a news release from the village. The potential for water pipes freezing increases with the increased age of the home.

Coal City Village Hall has been receiving calls regarding residents having trouble with their water service. So far, 10 residents have inquired about their service being shut off. This is not the case, according to the news release.

Instead, water is no longer being provided to the house because their water line 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 four feet in depth, there is the possibility the line could freeze because of the current weather conditions.

If you are a Coal City resident and your house was built before 1990, it is in your best interest to let the water trickle at your residence in order to ensure the water service line does not freeze, according to the news release. The houses that experienced frozen lines used their water intermittently allowing the water pipe 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, according to the news release.

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 risk.

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 service lines to freeze. Village crews are already attempting to restore service throughout the village; please assist by lessening the potential for more frozen water lines.

For information, call Village Administrator Matt Fritz at 815-634-8608 or email mfritz@coalcity-il.com.

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