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Frozen Water Lines
Frozen Water Lines
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I’ve heard that water pipes are freezing due to the weather and that I should run my water to keep the pipes from freezing. Is that true?
It depends. Most water service lines (pipes) going into the home are not going to freeze. About 13 pipes have frozen out of 1,490 accounts or approximately one half of one percent of all homes and businesses located in our service area.
If there is a chance of the water line freezing, why not just tell everyone to run their water?
Because the chance is approximately 1/2 % that it will happen. We want to conserve precious water resources and keep our prices low for our customers, most of whom will not be affected by a frozen water line this winter. Running water unnecessarily will cost all our customers additionally per month to prevent an event that is unlikely to occur.
How do I know if I should run my water to keep my pipes from freezing?
If your pipes have already frozen once this season and you have been advised by City staff to keep the lines open by running water. In this case, you will not be charged for water and sewer used. If you wish you can test your water temperature. Please call the Water Department at 507-665-9941 if it’s 36 degrees or lower or if you need assistance in taking the temperature.
What is the proper procedure for running water to prevent water service lines from freezing?
water from the lowest point in the house, usually a laundry room sink or tub. The idea is to keep the water flowing constantly at a rate of about 1 gallon every 4 minutes - the stream width of a pencil. Do
run hot water, as hot water will freeze faster than cold water.
The water at my faucet seems almost freezing. Should I be running my water?
The first step is to test your water temperature. Please call the Water Department at 507-665-9941 if its 36 degrees or lower
or if you need assistance in taking the temperature. Failure to contact the Water Department prior to running water to prevent water lines from freezing may result in the property owner or tenant being responsible for the excessive water and sewer charges.
My house never had frozen pipes before this year. Why did my pipes freeze now?
Water service lines (pipes) are down into the ground 6.5 to 7.5 feet. Right now, frost is down into the ground about the same level as the water service lines in some areas. Some water service lines (pipes) are freezing in these conditions. There are a number of factors that determine the depth of the frost in any given winter.
What can I do to keep it from freezing again?
Once your line has been thawed out, it is essential to keep the water running continuously as instructed: 1 gallon every 4 minutes. Turning the water off, even for a few minutes, could cause the once frozen line to refreeze. Remember this line already froze this year and is likely to refreeze if you do not continue to run the water.
The weather is supposed to get above freezing. Can I stop running my water now?
No. If you are running your water as instructed, keep the water running until we contact you. The frost will
take much longer to leave the ground than a few days of above freezing temperatures. That is why it is important to contact the Water Department staff regarding your frozen water service.
I chose to run my water without contacting the Water Department. Can I get a credit on my utility bill for the excess water and sewer usage?
Failure to contact the Water Department prior to running water to prevent water lines from freezing may result in the property owner or tenant being responsible for the excessive water and sewer charges. Upon contact, we may send a staff person to your place to determine if running water is necessary.
Can water temperature be used to predict if my water pipe will freeze?
Perhaps. The City of Le Sueur has no experience with this. With this winter’s deep frost, the ground around water pipes may not be frozen, but it is unlikely to help warm the water pipe either. So, if the water temperature falls below 36 degrees and you are concerned, please call the Water Department to discuss your options.
If my water service line does freeze, who is responsible for thawing it out?
The City of Le Sueur is not responsible for thawing out your pipes, as the water service is the homeowner’s property from the house to the main in the street. However we will assist you in contacting the appropriate professional to fix the problem. Also, we will assist whomever you hire
Can the City of Le Sueur predict which water services will freeze?
No. Most of the water pipes that froze this winter have no history of freezing in the past. While relatively few in number, the frozen pipes are occurring at random all across the City of Le Sueur service area. In some areas of the community, staff have seen frost depth approaching the water service depth. Unfortunately, the City of Le Sueur cannot determine the frost depth surrounding each of the 1,490 water service lines that exist within the community.
If I experience a frozen water service after normal business hours, who do I call?
Please call 507-665-9941 and follow the instructions to get the On Call Water Department staff to respond to the incident.
I have been running my water as instructed by the Water Department and my sewer line now backed up, who is responsible and should I call the City of Le Sueur?
The city is not responsible for sewer service lines freezing or failing due to running water to keep you water service from freezing. However you should still call the City if this occurs so it can be determined if the problem is your sewer service or city sewer main and assist as needed.
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Why are flags at half staff today?
There are many reasons flags fly at half staff. Visit http://halfstaff.org to receive state and nationwide half staff notifications directly.
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Where is my voting place?
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is an expression of the community's vision for the future and strategic map to reach that vision. Comprehensive planning is an important tool for cities to guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial and public activities.
Le Sueur's Comprehensive Plan
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A snow plow hit my mail box, will the city fix it?
The City accepts responsibility for mailboxes which are allowed to be placed in the road right-of-way, if the mailbox location and construction complies with recommended City standards and the damage is by physically being struck by a plow blade, wing, or other piece of equipment. Mailboxes should be constructed sturdily enough to withstand snow rolling off a plow or a wing. Therefore, damage resulting from snow is the responsibility of the resident. The City will repair or replace mailboxes in those instances where the City is responsible for the damage.
Does the City replace sod, sprinkler systems or landscaping damaged by snow plowing?
The City will come out and repair boulevard turf disturbed by snow plows with black dirt and seed. This work is normally scheduled in the spring. Any landscaping or sprinkler systems placed in the City right-of-way, is placed there at the homeowners risk. Call the Public Works Department to report damage at 507-665-2266.
How do I know if a snow emergency has been declared?
As a general rule you can assume a snow emergency will be declared following or during a snow occurrence of 4 or more inches. The announcement will be made on KRBI radio 1310 AM, 105.5 FM and on our local cable television channel 8.
Who do I contact to find out about the procedures for new driveway curb cuts or driveway apron replacements?
You need to contact the Public Works Director at 507-665-2266 for approval. There is no permit required.
Will the City trim my trees?
The city Forestry Department trims trees located on city property, within city right-of way, or trees that obstruct view of city signage, and trees that diminish visibility at intersections contact Dan Griep City Forester at 507-665-2266.
The cities Electrical Department trims or removes trees that may interfere with power lines call Deb Meyer at 507-665-3338.
How do I know if a tree is in city right-of-way?
In most cases, city right-of-way extends 10 to 12 feet behind the back of the curb.
Who is responsible for sidewalk repair?
The adjacent property owner is responsible for maintenance, construction and reconstruction of the sidewalk abutting their property. The property owner also has legal liability should an accident occur on the sidewalk.
What can I bring to the compost site?
Yard and garden waste material such as leaves etc. can be deposited to decompose and be used as a soil additive in the future. Decomposed materials are available to Le Sueur residence. Tree materials can be deposited on the "burn pile". Only organic materials are acceptable.
What are the compost site hours?
The site is open 24/7.
Where is the compost site located?
You can find the site by taking Grove Street west from north Main Street and following the gravel road in a winding southwesterly direction.
Can I reserve a park picnic shelter?
parks and recreation page.
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What is the speed limit on my street and can it be lowered?
On residential roads that are not posted, the speed limit is 30 m.p.h. State law for public roadways implies that 30 m.p.h. is the lowest speed limit that can be enforced and can only be lower for very specific situations, such as, school zones.
Aren't vehicles suppose to stop for pedestrians in cross walks?
, the biggest problem seems to be a misunderstanding of the law by motorists and pedestrians alike, the pedestrian should be attempting to cross the roadway, not just standing behind the curb.
"Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver must remain stopped until the pedestrian has passed the lane in which the vehicle is stopped. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. This provision shall not apply under the conditions as otherwise provided in this subdivision."
What are Le Sueur's policies for traffic signs?
The Le Sueur Public Works Department annually receives a number of traffic sign requests from residents. The majority of these sign requests generally relate to concerns for speeding and/or other careless driving behavior. When these requests involve changes to the number or locations of stop signs, speed limits, or parking restrictions City Council action is required to make those changes. City staff typically prepares the necessary studies and/or reports necessary for City Council consideration.
In the case of requests for yellow and black warning signs, City staff analyze these requests and place or modify signs in general accordance with the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MMUTCD), which is a specific, local version of a broader comprehensive federal document.
These documents guide local road authorities in the placement of signs, and help to ensure consistency from city to city, county to county, state to state, etc. The MMUTCD is cited as a guiding document and the best overall resource for experts involved in all facets of traffic control and sign placement, and usually referenced in litigation arising from motor vehicle accidents. For these reasons, City staff relies heavily upon the guidelines and principles contained therein.
What should I do if I see someone speeding or driving dangerously in my neighborhood?
Enforcement of traffic laws in Le Sueur is provided by the City of Le Sueur Police Department. Try to get a license plate number from the vehicle, then, even if you don't get a plate number, call the non-emergency number at 507-665-3313 and inform them of the problem.
Who do I contact regarding poor visibility at an intersection due to shrubs or trees?
You need to contact Andy Cemenski the Park Supervisor at 507-665-3325.
Who do I notify if a street light is out?
The Le Sueur Electric Department at 507-665-3338.
Why is the speed limit on Kingsway Drive only 30 m.p.h.?
The maximum engineered design speed on some of the curves on Kingsway Drive are 30 m.p.h.
Wouldn't a Slow Children at Play sign help to provide safer streets?
The Slow Children at Play type signs were removed entirely from both the Federal and State versions of the Manual a number of years ago. The reason was that the signs were deemed vague and confusing to motorists in their message, and studies performed indicated no measurable change in driver behavior in the vicinity of the signs. The intention of yellow and black warning signs is to call attention to a condition which would be unexpected to an average driver, like sharp curve, railroad crossing, school crossing, stop ahead, trail crossing, etc.
While the presence of children in a street certainly can constitute a potentially hazardous condition, it is intuitive to most drivers that roads through predominately residential communities such as Le Sueur will have some number of children adjacent. There is no known or agreed upon criterion for when a certain density of children in a residential area exceeds what an average driver expects.
Slow Children at Play signs within the city were removed a number of years ago following an extensive survey and evaluation of Le Sueur's traffic control devices by a traffic engineering firm. It is felt that the City could be creating a larger problem by inadvertently condoning public streets as safe play areas for children.
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Who is responsible for maintenance of water meters, water meter valves and the water service lines?
Property owners are responsible for maintenance of all water piping from the city’s main (including the connection) to the house or business and including all piping in the building. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the curb stop valve and the valve before the meter.
The City of LeSueur is responsible for the maintenance of the water meter. If the water meter is not working properly, or if you suspect there is a problem with your water meter please call the water utility department at 507-665-9941 to schedule a repair visit.
How does lead get into your house or building water?
The most likely sources of lead in water are lead solder or brass fixtures in your home’s plumbing and/or your service line. The City of LeSueur’s water mains are constructed mainly of cast iron and ductile iron with no soldered joints.
I think my toilet is leaking, what should I do?
Leak detection tablets are available to Le Sueur residents at the Water/Wastewater building (1500 North Commerce St.) free of charge. Stop in today to get yours!
When my water comes out of the tap, it looks cloudy, but then clears up. Should I be concerned?
The cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while, the bubbles rise to the top and escape into the air.
This type of cloudiness occurs most often in the winter when the drinking water is cold. Warm water is able to contain more oxygen than cold water. When the relatively warm well water leaves the treatment system, it travels through pipes in the frozen ground to your home. The water is cooled and is not able to retain as much oxygen, but because the water is trapped in a pipe the oxygen cannot escape.
When you open your tap, the water is no longer trapped inside the pipes, and the oxygen immediately begins to escape (or bubble) to the surface.
What is the hardness of city water?
The hardness of our well water as it comes into your home or business averages about 20 grains per gallon, or 350 milligrams per liter of total hardness.
Where does my water come from?
The City of LeSueur provides drinking water to its residents from a groundwater source. Two wells from the Jordan aquifer at 274 and 280 feet, one multi aquifer from the Jordan, Fronconia, Ironton, and Galesville aquifer at 660 feet, and one from the Mount Simon aquifer at 690 feet.