FARMINGTON -- City residents are being urged to keep at least one internal faucet turned on with a slow drip to help mitigate city water lines from freezing and causing what City Manager Dave Millheim describes as "significant damage" to existing lines.
In a release issued on Monday morning, Millheim said the city will send out a 911 reverse call to alert residents about the impact on the cold on existing water lines. With the recent snowfall and freezing temperatures, city officials are seeing a larger than normal amount of frozen pipes, both for lateral lines to the home and main distribution lines. The call to keep a faucet on a slow drip will be in place until daytime temperatures go above freezing.
Millheim is also urging residents to help clear the snow from fire hydrants and to keep driveways and sidewalks clear of snow, so city crews can respond to emergencies as needed.
He said city crews have been working rotating 12-hour shifts, clearing the roads and repairing water lines.