Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City of Milton Water Utility Encouraging Residents to Run Small Streams of Water at a Faucet in Their Homes

In an effort to keep the water temperatures warm enough to prevent frozen pipes, the City of Milton Water Utility is encouraging residents to run a small, pencil sized stream of water at one faucet in their homes until further notice. Pursuant to Public Service Commission rules, a water credit will be established and provided to all customers, based upon annual consumption at this time last year compared to this year. Once the dollar amount on the credit is established, it will be reflected on your bill.

Although the weather outside is getting warmer, the recent spell of cold weather has impacted the City’s water temperature, due to ground freezing to record depths, which causes the City’s utility mains and laterals to also be at risk of freezing.

Temperatures recorded yesterday showed the City’s average daily water temperature to be 40 degrees flowing through the system, and today, samples showed readings of 37 degrees. Water Temperatures 37 degrees and colder create a strong potential for water pipes to freeze, which is why we are recommending utility customers to run a small stream of water at one faucet in their home or business.

We thank residents in advance for their anticipated cooperation in helping us keep the City’s water utility functioning properly, and more importantly helping us help you prevent the imposition of frozen water pipes to your home or business.

For additional information, contact City Administrator Jerry Schuetz at (608) 868-6900 or by e-mail at