Lake Mills Light & Water (LMLW) is asking water utility customers to run a continuous pencil-lead sized stream of cold water from a faucet in their home or business. The cold temperatures that are causing extreme frost depths and resulting in service lateral freeze ups. Customers must contact the utility billing department at 648-2344 if they choose to run water.
Utility representatives are asking customers choosing to run water to not shut the water off, even on warm days, until notified by LMLW. In order to account for this additional water usage, billing will be estimated based on past usage. Customers will not have to pay for the additional water flow if they contact the billing office at 648-2344.
The prolonged extreme cold this winter is causing customers to experience a loss of water service because of frozen laterals, the portion of the line that runs from a water main to a house. Customers with a relatively low amount of water usage are of special concern to the utility. This includes cul-de-sac’s and dead-end streets. Areas of higher elevation in the City are also of special concern.
LMLW encourages customers to take periodic temperature readings of water at the cold water faucet closest to the meter. This may be done by letting the cold water run gently over a household thermometer for approximately one half minute. If the cold water temperature is less than 38° F the pipes may be in danger of freezing.
We’re busting some of the misconceptions on how to keep your utility bills down in the winter.
MYTH: Electric space heaters are better than heating the whole house.TRUTH: These are energy suckers. It is impractical, expensive, and potentially dangerous to have a space heater running for a long period of time.
MYTH: Turning down the thermostat during the day will make my furnace work harder later. TRUTH: Your furnace will run for a shorter time and use far less energy to heat up a cool house than it would if you kept the house warm all day.
MYTH: You should close the vents in rooms you are not using to save energy. TRUTH: Closing vents will restrict airflow from the furnace, causing the blower motor to work harder which will affect the comfort level of the rest of the home.