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Cold Weather Management of Water Pipes

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February 27, 2015 - Due to the ongoing extreme cold weather there has been an increase in residential water lines and services freezing.

To protect your waterlines from freezing the City of Kawartha Lakes Water and Wastewater Division recommends that you take the following precautions:

  1. If your waterline is exposed in a crawl space or basement ensure the space is heated to above zero
  2. Leave an inside house water tap running on low so that it  trickles and keeps water flowing to avoid freezing
  3. A heat traced wire can be installed inside or around your water line at a reasonable cost. Check with your local plumbing contractor for installation advice

If your line is frozen please call a local plumbing contractor right away to thaw the service (service includes anything from the property line into the house, except for the meter).  The longer you wait the firmer the ice could set in, causing potential damage.

If you would like more information on dealing with frozen water lines or safeguarding your property please contact the Call Centre at 705-324-9411

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For further information, please contact:

David Kerr, Manager - Environmental Services
705-324-9411 ext. 1118

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