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Wausau asks some homeowners to run water

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The city of Wausau on Thursday asked residents in some parts of the city to leave a faucet running to keep water lines from freezing.

So far, the request affects about 250 homes and businesses scattered throughout the city, Director of Public Works Brad Marquardt said. The city provides water service to about 15,000 properties.

Homeowners should leave a stream of water running about the size of the lead in a pencil until further notice, he said.

Dozens of cities across the state have told residents to keep water running because extreme and extended cold has driven frost down to the water lines some six feet below the surface of the ground.

Marquardt said Wausau utility workers have thawed out frozen pipes at about 160 properties because of the sinking frost so far this winter.

"In the 20 years that I have lived in Wausau, I don't remember this happening," he said. "We need it to warm up so the frost starts ascending."

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