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Frozen Pipes in Hibbing, Residents Asked to Run Water

Updated: 02/14/2014 11:54 AM
Created: 02/14/2014 11:52 AM WDIO.com

The City of Hibbing is the newest addition to towns dealing with frozen water pipes due to the bitter cold this season. Crews are working on 40 frozen water lines, more frozen pipes then they have ever had before.

Authorities are asking all Hibbing residents and businesses to run one faucet continuously, to keep pipes from freezing. The stream of water only needs to be about the size of a pencil.

The Public Utilities Department wants residents to call 218-262-7700 to let them know you're running your water so they can have their bill adjusted once the danger is over.

Two other cities have dealt with the same problem.  Hayward asked their residents to let  water run on February 7 and Bemidji asked residents to run water on February 6.  Both cities have said utility bills will be adjusted for this time.

Authorities say even if the temperatures warm up, residents should not turn their water off. Communities will be notified when the threat of water lines freezing is over.

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