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Take precautions: Cold spell affecting water pipes

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In the last month, River Falls Water Utility has responded to about a dozen frozen water pipe calls compared to one during the same time in 2013.

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Since Jan. 1, RFMU has responded to water freezing issues in the exterior walls of homes, crawl spaces, and service laterals.

A water service lateral is the line leading to a house from the street. These are typically buried about eight feet and are the piece of the water system most difficult to control due to deep frost.

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