Due to the depth of frost in the ground from extreme low temperatures, some homeowners have been asked to run a small stream of water to prevent their water services from freezing.
A very small stream of water coming from one tap in the home is usually sufficient to prevent water services from freezing, according to the city’s meter shop.
Only residents who have been notified and experience a freezing water service in the past are asked to run their water.
The city says anyone who is asked to run water is given a credit on their water bill for the extra water used. The Meter Shop Section of Public Works, in conjunction with the Sewer and Water Section of Public Works, has a maintenance program in place to proactively lower freezing water services so this practice of running water will not be required in the future.
This program was started in 2004 with nearly 400 properties on the list for freezing services. The intent of the program was to lower 30 services per year, budget and resources permitting. As of 2013, the meter shop has approximately 100 properties on the list with new ones being added every year.
As of Feb. 19, there are 98 taps open at various locations around the City of Brandon, mostly in older areas with shallow water service mains to the house.
This winter, 18 locations have experienced frozen water services and have been thawed by city staff. Last weekend, meter shop staff responded to nine locations with frozen water services. Meter shop staff continue to respond to all the calls in a timely fashion, the city says.
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