City offers advice for those coping with frozen water pipes

The city of Coon Rapids is providing information to help residents protect their homes from frozen water pipes.

The extremely cold weather is causing some water lines to freeze, while the frost in the ground is very deep, which is causing pipes to freeze in some areas, according to a city press release.

“We want to make residents aware of this issue and provide information that may be helpful to homeowners to avoid the possibility of pipes freezing at your home,” the press release states.

The information is for educational and informational purposes only; it is up to each homeowner to decide how they want to use it, according to the press release.

• To avoid frozen water pipes: Let the cold water run from one faucet throughout the day and night. The amount of running water should be a “trickle.”

• If pipes are frozen: Call the city’s Utilities Division at 763-767-6462 (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) or Anoka County Dispatch at 763-427-1212 (after hours).

• You will be charged for the water used if you choose to do this at your home, unless you have been contacted directly by city staff.

The possibility of freezing pipes may continue throughout the winter and the city cannot predict how long this will last, according to the press release.

For more information, contact the Coon Rapids Public Works Department at 763-767-6462 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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