Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Hayward Public Works is urging resident to keep a faucet running with about a pencil sized stream, at all times, until April. They say they're concerned about water main breaks and pipes freezing up.
The city has seen about a dozen pipe freezing cases so far this winter at homes and businesses, significantly more than they've seen in past years.
Due to the extreme winter temperatures, the city is concerned there will be more water and sanitary sewer services freezing up.
John McCue, Hayward Public Works Director, says, "The city will average your normal usage of water so this won't affect your rates. You will not be paying extra."
McCue assures resident they city will cover extra costs. The last time this was done in Hayward was in 2009, and it was a successful effort.
The city will notify residents when they can stop running their water. McCue says warmer temperatures do not necessarily make it safe to turn your water off.