Upsala citizens voice frozen pipe woes

By JENNIE ZEITLER
Staff Writer
jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com

The Upsala City Council heard citizens’ concerns over frozen water lines, Monday.

“We’re wondering what you’re going to do for us,” said Mary Jane Chuba.

Council Member Dennis Westrich had helped a number of city residents clear water lines. Some were frozen in the street, some closer to residences.

“If it hadn’t been for Dennis, I don’t know what we would have done,” said Chuba.

Experiences with frozen pipes were varied.

“(My neighbor) Joyce was gone a whole week and her water didn’t freeze up,” said Christine Wuebkers, whose line froze.

The Council discussed how to adjust water billing to mitigate the effects of leaving water running to prevent frozen lines.

“This is something new to us; I don’t believe we’ve ever had this issue before. We don’t know how many people are leaving the water run so things don’t freeze up,” said Mayor Rollie Johnson. “Anyone doing that should contact the city clerk so we can adjust for that.”

“Residents should monitor the temperature of their water,” Westrich said. “It the water is 40 degrees and above, they don’t have to run it. If it’s under that, they should let the water run.

When speculating on how long to keep running water, Chuba said, “not until there’s green grass!”

“We will work this out; we will make it right,” said Johnson.

The Planning Commission and the Council will be discussing at a future meeting whether to adjust sewer bills during the summer months when residents are watering lawns.

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