Here are some tips to keep your water flowing
EAGLE COUNTY – Recent low temperatures have led to reports of water-line breaks at area homes and businesses in the area. The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District recommends that property owners protect their water meters and supply lines from low temperatures, as both can freeze. Frozen pipes may burst and can result in water damage to your property.Residential and business water meters and pipes should be insulated or located in areas that are kept warm to protect them from freezing. If your water meter or pipes are located in a garage, keep doors fully closed and/or heat the area to reduce the risk of freezing. A frozen meter or water line can lead to extensive water damage in a property if a pipe bursts.Residents and property managers also should pay attention to vulnerable areas, including attics, basements and crawl spaces, as well as to indoor plumbing located in unheated areas or in places with little or no insulation, such as exterior walls. Even hot-water pipes can freeze, depending upon where they were installed and whether they’re insulated or with extreme low temperatures.To help avoid freeze-ups:• Locate your master water shutoff so you can turn off your water where it comes into your home or business if a leak or break occurs.• Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees at all times, even when your dwelling is unoccupied.• Insulate vulnerable areas, and install pipe-insulating products on water lines.• Close garage doors completely if the water meter or water-supply lines are in the garage.• Check unoccupied residences during and after a cold snap.Eagle River Water & Sanitation District is responsible for the public water distribution system in the upper valley, including main lines, storage tanks and pumps. If a water main breaks, district staff will respond at all hours of the day and will notify the affected area. To report a suspected main-line break, call 970-476-7480 at any time of day.For more information on preventing or thawing frozen pipes, or for help locating your water meter or master shutoff, go to http://www.erwsd.org/service/water-meters or call 970-477-5451.