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Drip water to keep lines from freezing
Baker City’s Public Works Department recommends residents keep a pencil lead-width stream of cold water running from one faucet to help prevent pipes and water meters from freezing.
The cold snap that started Tuesday is predicted to intensify this weekend, with temperatures plunging to around 10 below zero on Sunday and Monday mornings.
With little snow cover to insulate the ground, buried pipes are more vulnerable to freezing.
The cost of keeping one faucet flowing is minimal — one unit of water, 748 gallons, costs 64 cents.
Residents who can’t get water to come out of their faucets are advised not to call a plumber right away because the problem could be a frozen water meter, which is the city’s responsibility, rather than a pipe on your property, which is the owner’s responsibility.
Instead, call the city’s water department at 541-523-6541. After weekday business hours, call Baker County Consolidated Dispatch at 541-523-3644.