Tricounty News

Don’t stop running your tap


Just because it’s warmed up and the sun is out, don’t stop running a tap in your home if you’re at risk for freezing water and/or sewer lines. The frost this year is quite deep, up to 10 feet in some places. It will take, experts say, at least a month for the frost to go out. (Some say, the frost will go out at about the time the ice goes off the lakes, and that will be awhile.)

First, contact your city office that you’re running extra water. Second, turn on a cold-water faucet nearest where the water pipe comes into the building, and let it run with a flow about the width of a pencil. Third, KEEP IT RUNNING until told (by your city’s Public Works Dept.) to stop.

It will cost hundreds of dollars to thaw frozen water or sewer pipes. For about $20/month in extra water usage, it’s a bargain whether the city adjusts for it or not. (Most cities are now adjusting those charges for customers who have informed them.)


'Wedding Day' celebrated at Hilltop HCC

Residents and visitors were treated to an exhibit of a number of wedding and prom dresses. After a cake-decorating demonstration in the morning, wedding cake and punch were served in the afternoon. Staff photos by Jean Matua.


Senior Dining in Kimball celebrates 40 years

At 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, there will be a celebration of the 40 years of Senior Dining in Kimball at St. Anne’s Catholic Church Senior Dining Site. Please call Rosalea Hoeft at (320) 398-2211 ext. 13 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for reservations for this special event. This program is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging through the Older Americans Funds from the Minnesota Board on Aging. The program is administered by Catholic Charities of
St. Cloud.

The Senior Dining Program throughout the United States was established through the Older Americans Act which was enacted by Congress in 1965. The Act authorizes funding to provide services to senior citizens. In 1972 Title VII was enacted which authorized funds for local organizations to provide persons age 60 and older with a nutritious meal five or more days a week. Anyone 60 and older is eligible to be served, and emphasis is placed on locating minority persons and those with economic and social needs.


March 18: Old Settlers Day planning

There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Fairhaven Town Hall for planning Old Settlers Day events. Any volunteers and ideas are very much welcome. Any questions, please call Pam at (320) 236-7739.


City residents encouraged to run their water taps

Because of cold temperatures for such a long time now, this year’s frost is deeper than usual, and going deeper each day. The problem will continue for weeks, perhaps months.

The cities of Eden Valley, Kimball, and Watkins encourage residents at risk of freezing water or sewer lines to run a tap, with a steady flow about the width of a pencil, until further notice. All three cities will adjust water bills IF you contact the city offices first. The flow per month is calculated to be about 10,800 gallons; in Kimball
that would be $21.60.

Don’t run water while you’re away if your sewer line is frozen or may freeze.

Water lines can freeze within an hour or two. It can cost hundreds of dollars to thaw water or sewer lines. Running cold water, a pencil-width flow, is an inexpensive way to prevent expensive problems.

We have included information about preventing freeze-up of water and sewer lines in the past two weeks’ Tri-County News. But it’s important enough to bring you the information again.

Again, let the city know you are running extra water to prevent a freeze. Keep the water running until someone from Public Works tell you to stop.

Eden Valley, Kimball, and Watkins will adjust your water bills. South Haven does not have such an arrangement, that we know of. Call them if you have freezing problems there.

If your water usage is low, experts recommend filling a bathtub with hot water and letting it all go down the drain, once a day.

Find the nearest faucet to where the water line comes into the building, and run that tap. Run just one tap in the building.

Make sure that room air can circulate around water pipes; move storage and furniture from the area.

Heat tape on the water pipe where it comes into the building will help prevent a freeze there.

If pipes freeze, use a warm hair dryer and nothing hotter.

Test the temperature of your cold tap water. Run the water for five minutes then collect a cupful and use a meat thermometer to take the temperature. It should be around 45 degrees. If the water temperature drops below 40 degrees, frost may be dangerously close to your water line, and it could freeze soon. Running a steady stream of water (running a tap) will help prevent the freeze-up of the line.

Let your neighbors know if you’re running water and will be away, or if your pipes have frozen. The freeze risk may be shared in neighborhoods. 

There are contractors in the area with the proper equipment to safely thaw water and sewer lines. Call your city office for a list.

Water and sewer lines under areas that have been cleared of snow (like sidewalks or parking lots) are at greater risk of freezing. Snow is insulating the pipes.

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