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City warns of water lines freezing

MASON CITY – City officials are warning of frozen water lines in Mason City.

According to city engineer Mark Rahm, the city has received reports of private residential water service lines freezing between outside the building and the water main. Most of the reports are located in the northeast area of the city however with the prolonged extreme temperatures experienced this winter, frozen service pipes are possible anywhere throughout the city due to varying frost depths.

As a precaution, the city is urging residents to measure the temperature of the water coming into the building from an inside cold faucet. Allow the water to run for a minute or two to assure that the water being checked has come from the service pipe outside the building. The normal temperature of water entering the building should be approximately 47 to 58 degrees. If the measured temperature is in the mid to upper 30 degree range you should continue to monitor, and as a precaution run the water periodically or let a faucet trickle if you plan to be away for an extended period of time or overnight to prevent possible freezing of the service pipe.

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