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UPDATE: Water Usage Back to Normal in Detroit Lakes

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APRIL 23 UPDATE

After months of having to constantly run water to avoid freezing pipes, people in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota can now turn the faucets off. Over the next few days, Detroit Lakes Public Utilities is asking its water customers to return to normal water usage.

Public works says it is very important to check the water temperature. If the temperature is 40 degrees or above, you can turn off the running water to prevent freeze ups. If your water temperature is still under 40 degrees, contact Detroit Lakes Public Utilities at 847-7609 for more information.

The City of Detroit Lakes also wants to remind customers that the average of water billing will end on Monday, April 28.

ORIGINAL STORY

Our cold winter is causing more frozen pipe problems for local utility companies. Since Monday, the secretary for the Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Director says she's taken 61 calls from people in town who have frozen pipes and the problem could be more widespread than that.

She says there are just two businesses in the city of Detroit Lakes that will repair the frozen lines. The city is referring people to Prime Plumbing and Heating and Green's Plumbing and Heating to get their repairs done. For everyone else in town who still has water, Detroit Lakes Public Utilities is asking all customers to run a small stream of cold water out of one faucet in their home or business.

City officials say they believe the increase in service lines freezing up is due to the cold weather and a deeper than normal frost line. Because customers will using additional water you will be billed for their average usage from 2013 during the months of March and April to aid in reducing costs.

This notice remains in effect until further notice. If you have any questions please contact Detroit Lakes Public Utilities at 847-7609.
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