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Frozen Pipes Lead To Money Down The Drain

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Keep an eye on your pipes so they don't freeze. Hawley, Park Rapids and Ulen, Minnesota have now been added to the list of cities telling home owners to run water 24-7 to prevent problems.

The city of Hawley has been keeping a close eye on the water in town asking 450 homes and businesses are being asked to keep water running so they don't get frozen pipes.

"The snow cover will help insolate that water service line, but what we've been seeing here now this past week is service lines that have been frozen have been frozen out in the street," says Gerry Kluck the Public Works Superintendent.

The city of Hawley is paying customers back, they calculated a pencil stream of water running 24-7 adds up to be 10,000 gallons of water and 10,000 gallons of sewer in one month per home.

So everyone asked to run water will receive a credit of almost $73 each month. But paying to run water could be less than paying to thaw out your pipes.

"You'd have to dig up your water service, and I suppose you'd be saving money that way." says Andrew Wang from Ulen who has been running his water since Monday.

City leaders say they aren't worried about the money, but the people.

"My first concern is that the residents of Hawley can still have running water into their homes, because if they lose that it's really a big inconvenience," Kluck says.

Residents in Hawley, who were asked to run their water, should not shut it off until they are told so by the city.
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