RHINELANDER (WAOW) – Thousands of homeowners in Rhinelander were told Tuesday to leave a faucet running to keep water pipes and sewer lines from freezing.
The move is due to what city Water Superintendent Tim Kingman called severe winter conditions.
“Although this authorization is anticipated to ultimately present significant expense to all the utility customers, it is now estimated to be the best measure taken due to depths of frost and freezing events being experienced within the utility systems this year,” he said in a statement.
Homeowners should leave a stream of water about the size of a pencil point running until further notice as the best way to reduce the number of expensive thawing operations the city is now experiencing, Kingman said.
It should be done at one faucet and left running 24 hours a day, he said.
About 9,000 people live in Rhinelander.
People will pay only for an average of water they normally use at this time of year and will not be charged for the additional gallons, the city said.
It's not known how long people will have to run water in their homes, only until the “colder weather conditions subside,” Kingman said.