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Village of Holmen encourages at risk residents to keep water running

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HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Every year over 250,000 homeowners suffer water damage because of frozen pipes.

The recent cold spell in our area has caused many pipes to freeze and even burst.

And local communities are urging safety precautions.

Two months ago the Village of Holmen sent out a letter to about 90 residents encouraging them to leave a faucet running 24/7.

Only two homes have had their pipes freeze and Dean Olson, Director of Public Works, credits the list.

The homes and businesses on that list are in the older part of the community and their pipes weren't installed as deep as they should've been.

Olson says, "It's something those residents are used to, but it can be hard to break the habit of saving water."

Olson reiterates that on Tuesday night an elderly couple had been letting their water run and for some reason shut it off and by the time they realized it in a matter of half an hour when they went to turn it back on it had frozen up.

Those 90 residents on the list that are keeping one faucet on do not have to pay for the water going down their drains.

They are billed based on an estimate of the amount of water they used in the past.

If they weren't running a faucet they risk having a frozen pipe which can lead to a pipe burst and major damage.

Vincent Norris with Servpro of La Crosse says the water just runs and you'll get over a gallon a minute it can add up very quickly. It usually takes a few days, not to get things not back to normal but back to a condition were there can be repairs made.

City officials in Blair, Sparta, Winona, Black River Falls and Rockland are telling residents to leave one faucet running in their home. Sparta says it will credit residents for their water use.

And the city of Blair says it will adjust water bills accordingly.

Residents who don't comply will have to pay for any problem that may result.

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