It's no secret to anyone that we've had an extremely
and that's why more cities are asking residents to
run water through their pipes 24/7 to prevent them
News 8's Brittany Schmidt explains why, even though
it's getting warmer outside.
Deep frost plus below average water temperatures equals
a scary situation for water utility companies across
Although it may not seem as cold outside anymore.
officials say it is important to keep your water running
because the damage has already been done.
Yesterday, we pumped 1.8 million gallons of water
throughout the whole city in one day.
Arcadia is one of 21 cities asking residents to run
water through their pipes.
They should run one faucet, cold water and in a sink
that human naturally they won't shut off because it
has to be run 24 hours a day.
Water superintendent for the city of Arcadia, Gary
Skroch says an average home in arcadia pumps about
2,000 gallons of water in a month.
But everyday, that gauge is increasing.
they could be running up to excess of 10,000 gallons
Even though weather conditions may improve, it is
important to continue running water.
Don't shut it off when the weather gets warmer.
The damage is already done down below the ground where
the frost level is got to the point where it is surrounding
Skroch says the frost levels have hit record depths
and the water temperature has gotten too cold.
those two things together is the most dangerous thing
for freezing water.
Skroch says the water temperature right now is about
40 degrees, it should be about 45...
and those couple of degrees make all the difference.
40 degree water, six feet under the ground can turn
into 34 degrees and then when the water is not running
or moving, it freezes.
which is why water utlities are recommending residents
take precautionary measures.
We are asking people to run water city wide becuse
ofthe severity of the situation and not only here
in Arcadia, but throughout the whole state.
In Arcadia, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
A number of municipalities are giving residents water
and sewer credits for the excess water use.
Everyone is encouraged to contact their water utility
to find out if they are included.
Here is the most up to date list of municipalities
that are asking residents to keep their water running
until further notice.
We will keep updating the list as needed.
you can always go to our website at news8000-dot-com
for the latest.