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More communities asking people to run water to avoid frozen pipes

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OCONTO FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - Residents in Oconto Falls are some of the latest to be asked to run water in a slow stream or trickle just a little less than the size of a pencil.

That's in order to prevent frozen pipes. Utility officials are asking people there to keep the water running until notified by them. Bills will be adjusted accordingly, and any questions should be directed to the Utility Billing Office in Oconto Falls.

Village leaders in Nichols and Mishicot are also asking residents to do the same.

Officials in Ripon are getting calls from people who've had frozen water services. Residents there are being asked to run that slow trickle until further notice. Anyone who disregards the notice will be charged for thawing the service line. Questions can be directed to Utility Manager Chris Liveris at (920) 748-4912 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Water customers in Omro are being asked to run water for 5 minutes from one faucet at least three times a day, and leave a pencil-sized stream of water running overnight. Customers who do not use much water and those on dead-end streets should keep an especially watchful eye on the situation. An estimate of extra water usage will be deducted from the next quarterly bill for each customer, city officials say. Questions can be directed to Omro Water Utility at (920) 685-7025 or City Hall at (920) 685-7000.

FOX 11 reports Berlin officials are also asking people to run a stream of water the size of a pencil non-stop. The water should be run in an area of the home where it will not be shut off, the city says. Anyone who shuts off water early will be responsible for thawing water service. Customers will be issued an average bill for this quarter and may be for the next quarter as well.

New London has not issued a citywide notice, but is asking people in certain areas to run a pencil-sized stream of water. Click here to see if your property is affected.

Other communities that have issued similar orders:

  • City of Algoma
  • Black Creek
  • Clintonville
  • Fond du Lac
  • Gillett
  • Hortonville
  • Kewaunee
  • Lena
  • Menominee, Mich.
  • Neenah (some addresses only; click here for the full list)
  • Oakfield
  • Princeton
  • Town of Scott
  • Shiocton
  • Wausaukee
  • Weyauwega

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