HAMMOND, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The deep frost is now beginning to have an impact in the city of Hammond, and city officials have declared a water emergency. They are asking all residents to let water trickle from one faucet in their homes to prevent underground water pipes from freezing.
City Clerk Bonnie Gary says work crews were working underground Friday on River Street to prevent freezing in sewer lines.
"We're trying to get the sewer lines cleared so the waste can go into the grinder pumps and be functioned into the waste water treatment plant so that there's not back ups in the homes," said Gary. She promised water bills will be adjusted downward to help residents deal with the higher cost of running their water continuously.
Meantime, the City of Chatfield is joining the list of communities asking residents to take the temperature of their water as a precaution.
"Due to a number of freeze ups within the community, residents are advised to continuously run their water if their water temperature is below 40 degrees," said City Clerk Joel Young. "Water should be run at the rate of the width of a pencil."
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