Freezing water-service lines in Waseca have become a problem for some residents.
In a recent memo, the city says due to extreme cold, the frost table is lower than previous years, which can result in private water service lines freezing up.
If the temperature of the water coming out of the tap has dropped to 40 degrees or below, you can prevent freezing by letting a pencil-size stream of water flow from your faucet.
Of course your utility bill will increase if you decide to do so. In fact, letting water run at pencil-stream would equal about a fourth of a gallon per minute or 10,800 gallons over the course of a 30-day period.
By increasing your water usage by 10,000 gallons, the city says your monthly bill would increase around $20-25.
However consider this also. The City of Waseca says the cost to hire a plumber to thaw a frozen water service ranges from $300-2,500.