Due to continuous extreme cold weather this winter, the frost table is lower than previous years and this is resulting in frozen water service lines around Rock Rapids.
Rock Rapids residents are advised that they can help prevent their line from freezing by letting the water drip at one of the faucets in their house. The water should be a steady drip or a small stream of water.
Another indicator of an impending water service line freeze up is to check the temperature of the water. They advise that you can allow the water to run until it is cold, then check the temperature. The water temperature should be around 45 degrees. If the temperature drops to 40 degrees or below, you may have an impending freeze up and the frost may be getting close to your service line.
The risk of frozen service lines could continue for several weeks. The Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities is recommending you let one faucet in your residence or business drip until March 1.
If you have any questions about this recommendation, please call the Utilities office at (712) 472-2511.
Rock Rapids isn’t the only town in the area to ask water users to do this. We know of at least two other area towns having similar problems, and asking people to let their water run a little.