Take precautions: Cold spell affecting water pipes
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.
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.