No. If you are running your water as instructed, keep the water running until we contact you. Frost will take longer to leave the ground than a few days of above freezing temperatures.
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Leak detection tablets are available to Le Sueur residents at the Water/Wastewater Facility (1500 North Commerce Street) free of charge. Stop in today to get yours!
The City of Le Sueur is responsible for the maintenance of the water meter. If the water meter is not working properly or if you suspect there is a problem with your water meter please contact the Water/Wastewater Department.
Property owners are responsible for maintenance of all water piping from the City’s main (including the connection) to the house or business including all piping in the building. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the curb stop valve and the valve before the meter.
Please call 507-665-9941 and follow the instructions to speak with our on call staff to respond to the incident.
If your pipes have already frozen once this season and you have been advised by City staff to keep the lines open by running water, please continue to do so. In this case, you will not be charged for water and sewer used. You can also test your water temperature. Please contact the Water/Wastewater Department if it is 36 degrees or lower or if you need assistance in taking the temperature.
Run cold water from the lowest point in the house, usually a laundry room sink or tub. It is important to keep the water flowing constantly at a rate of about one gallon every four minutes (the stream width of a pencil). Do not run hot water, as hot water will freeze faster than cold water.
The City of Le Sueur is not responsible for thawing out your pipes, as the water service is the homeowner’s property from the house to the main in the street. However, we will assist you in contacting the appropriate professional to fix the problem and will assist who you hire.
Sometimes. With deep frost, the ground around water pipes may not be frozen, but it is unlikely warming the pipes will help. If the water temperature falls below 36 degrees and you are concerned, please call contact the Water/Wastewater Department to discuss your options.
The first step is to test your water temperature. Please call the Water/Wastewater Department at 507-665-9941 if it is 36 degrees or lower or if you need assistance in taking the temperature. Failure to contact the Water/Wastewater Department prior to running water to prevent water lines from freezing may result in the property owner or tenant being responsible for the excessive water and sewer charges.
Failure to contact the Water/Wastewater Department prior to running water to prevent water lines from freezing may result in the property owner or tenant being responsible for the excessive water and sewer charges. Upon contact, we may send a staff person to your location to determine if running water is necessary.
No. Most water pipes that freeze have no history of freezing in the past. While relatively few in number, frozen pipes occur at random all across our service area. In some areas of the City, staff have seen frost depth approaching the water service depth. However, we cannot determine the frost depth surrounding each of the 1,490 water service lines that exist within the City service area.
The chance is approximately .5% that water lines will freeze. We want to conserve precious water resources and keep our prices low for our customers, most of whom will not be affected by a frozen water lines in any given winter. Running water unnecessarily will raise costs for all our customers to prevent an event that is unlikely to occur.
Water service lines (pipes) 6.5 to 7.5 feet below ground. Frost could be down to the same level as the water service lines in some areas and can freeze in these conditions. There are a number of factors that determine the depth of the frost in any given winter.
The city is not responsible for sewer service lines freezing or failing due to running water to keep you water service from freezing. However, you should still contact the Water/Wastewater Department so it can be determined if the problem is your sewer service or city sewer main.
Once your line has been thawed out, it is essential to keep the water running continuously as instructed: one gallon every four minutes. Turning the water off, even for a few minutes, could cause the once frozen line to refreeze. Remember this line already froze this year and is likely to refreeze if you do not continue to run water as instructed.
Cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water similar to the bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while, the bubbles rise to the top and escape into the air.
This type of cloudiness occurs most often in the winter when the drinking water is cold. When relatively warm well water leaves the treatment system, it travels through pipes in the frozen ground to your home. The water is cooled and is not able to retain as much oxygen, but because the water is trapped in a pipe the oxygen cannot escape. When you open your tap, the water is no longer trapped inside the pipes and the oxygen immediately begins to escape (or bubble) to the surface.
The hardness of our well water as it comes into your home or business averages about 20 grains per gallon or 350 milligrams per liter of total hardness.
The most likely sources of lead in water are lead solder or brass fixtures in your home’s plumbing and/or your service line. The City of Le Sueur’s water mains are constructed mainly of cast iron and ductile iron with no soldered joints.
The City of Le Sueur provides drinking water to its residents from groundwater sources: