Water Service Lines

City residents and businesses should be aware of the possibility of their water service line freezing during cold-weather months.  The temperature of city water averages around 50 degrees.   Water in   service lines below 40 degrees may freeze.  After letting   your water run for a few minutes, check the temperature of the water from your cold -water faucet.  If it is below 40 degrees, you should consider   letting your water run a steady stream the size of a pencil from a single cold-water faucet. This should help keep pipes from freezing, but please note that you will see an increase in your city bill while dripping.

Citizens should be concerned with the freezing of plumbing in unheated basements or outside walls. In addition,  during the cold-weather months, the frost  in  the  ground  will  continue  to  go deeper,  even  when  the  outside   temperature is rising.   This may cause your service line, whether in the ground or outside your home or business, to freeze.

Continue to monitor the temperature of your water until the city is in an extended warm weather pattern.

For   more   information, please contact our Public Works Director at   (319)   987-2905   or

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