Friday, February 14, 2014

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

On Tuesday, February 12, 2014 the City of Milton Water Utility recommended residents run a small, pencil sized stream of water in their homes to prevent frozen laterals (pipes) to their homes.  That recommendation remains in effect through at least next Friday, February 21, 2014.   Despite the warmer weather above ground, deep frost poses a potential risk to the City’s utility mains and more important, laterals that bring water to homes. Water flowing helps keep water temperatures warmer and limits the risk of potential freezing.

Previous Release:
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. 

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