No need to still run taps

Duane Hicks

With warmer temperatures here to stay, it’s finally okay for residents to stop running their taps.
Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob said this morning that the town recently has been notifying residents and businesses with a history of frozen water lines that they no longer have to “bleed” them to avoid freeze-up.
“We did a dig last week and we did still encounter a little bit of frost in the roadway,” he noted.
“But I am sure by the end of the weekend, that was all gone, as well.
“There was frost but it was very, very light. It wasn’t hard frost,” Rob added.
“For those that are still running their taps, they should be safe to stop.”
Rob said the town had to respond to 26 frozen water lines this past winter.
That is more than normal but nowhere near the record-setting year of 2014, when more than 260 residential and commercial properties were affected–nearly a dozen of which still were frozen at the end May of that year.
Rob explained there are certain properties that are extremely susceptible and freeze up nearly every year.
“We try and get ahead of them, and reach out to those people that we know and tell them, ‘Start running those taps,'” he remarked.
“But it doesn’t always work out for us.
“We started to see those ‘usuals’ coming in January,” Rob added. “By the end of January, it was almost like a switch flipped.
“We had a frozen water here, a frozen water there, and then we had three in one day,” he noted. “And another three.
“It just took off.
“One morning, we started getting flooded with calls,” Rob said. “That prompted us to reach out and say, ‘Okay, we went from three frozen waters to eight frozen waters in a day-and-a-half.
“‘If you froze in 2014, start running your taps,'” he recalled.
“Once we did that, it started to peter off.”
Public Works then continued to monitor the frost depth in the ground as it did digs here and there up until the end of last week.