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City officials caution: Protect your pipes

November 27, 2010

With temperatures expected to dip below freezing several times in the coming week, officials with the city of Big Spring are urging water customers to use some foresight to keep the water lines in the homes from bursting.

Assistant City Manager Todd Darden said local residents can protect their property — and more to the point, their water lines — by taking measures as temperatures continue to drop in the Crossroads area.

“We’re really hoping people will take proper precautions as the temperature drops,” said Darden. “That means leaving your hot and cold water dripping just enough to keep the pipes from freezing, as well as insulating any exterior pipes or fixtures.

“We also suggest people take old newspapers or towels and stuff them in their meter boxes to help keep them from freezing. The boxes are underground, but they still sit in a void, so they are susceptible to the freezing temperatures and could burst.”

Darden said area residents should also remember to insulate any sewer lines that are above ground or not buried at a safe depth, which would be 12 inches to 18 inches.

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