Watford City Public Works would
like to make property owners aware that shallow pipes have started freezing
recently. As of last weekend, Public Works has encountered two frozen
water services and expects more to freeze before warmer weather arrives.
The service lines in all cases are not buried deep enough and are below the
paved portion of the street. Most properties have nothing to worry about
since their services are buried to proper depth, but all owners and tenants
should notice the temperature of their tap water after running it for a couple
minutes. If the water feels “icy” cold, or the temperature is less than
40 degrees, that might be an indication that freezing in the line could happen
if the water were not used for a day or two. As a precaution the water
could be left on as a pencil stream while sleeping or while away.
(CAUTION: If connected to a septic system, excessive low flow could cause
backups or freezing. Normal flows are better in that case.) If your
property will be vacant for several days in a row, consider having someone turn
your water on for 30 minutes each day while you are gone. The risk of
freezing will reduce as temperatures rise but could still be possible for
several weeks. If you have any questions or concerns contact Public Works
at 444-8400 x3.