Residents advised to keep water tap running so pipes don't freeze
By Liz Dadson


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Residents in the Municipality of Kincardine are advised to run a water tap in their homes so their water pipes don't freeze.

Chief administrative officer Murray Clarke issued a notice Saturday, stating that colder-than normal temperatures have resulted in the frost line penetrating deeper into the ground this year, resulting in the potential for frozen waterlines.

Residents are urged to keep a steady stream of cold water running about the width of a pencil lead at an inside faucet farthest from the water meter, until further notice, stated Clarke. This keeps water moving, making it less likely to freeze.

Sunday, Clarke told the Kincardine Times that no decision has been made about a water rate discount since people are being asked to keep their water running to avoid the pipes freezing.

However, the municipality will consider some sort of break, he said.

"One option might be to compare consumption levels from other years and work out a rate break as an average for all users," said Clarke. "There are models in place in other municipalities that we can research. 

"If folks don't run water and the line freezes, it's an approximate cost of $800 each time we thaw the line. So far, we've done more than 20. And that will have a definite impact on the budget, and potentially on rates."

If you suspect your service may be frozen or notice a leak, contact the municipality's after hours emergency line at 519-396-1511.


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