City crew members were busy replacing and repairing water lines on Fifth Avenue SE and Central Avenue last week.

Resist the temptation to turn off your water! City officials are still giving a discount to city water users of $20 per month to entice them to leave water running in at least one faucet in their home or business.

Last week, City crew members were replacing and repairing water lines on Central Ave. and on Fifth Ave. SE. According to Superintendent Jim Suta, the Central Ave. line was a relatively easy fix, but the line running down Fifth Ave. SE needed to be replaced. Suta said every section of the main they encountered was damaged so he gave the go ahead to completely replace the corroded main.

City crews ran into intermittent frost while repairing and replacing the lines, he added, which prompted the reminder to local residents to keep a trickle of water running–at least through the end of April.

City officials suggest a stream at least the size of a No. 2 pencil. 

For those residents who are living with frozen water lines, the City is making the Civic Center available for showering and obtaining free water. Simply bring your own supplies and tell the attendant that your lines are frozen and you will not be charged. 

The Civic Center is open 12 noon to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Friday. Weekends the Civic Center will be available for this free service from 1-5 p.m. 

The City also encourages you to bring your containers to the Civic Center to fill up with water for your household use. 

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