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Residents urged to protect water pipes and meters

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Residents are being urged to take precautions to protect water pipes and water meters in Cedar Rapids. Unprotected water pipes and water meters can be severely damaged in sub-freezing temperatures. That damage can result in an immediate service disruption, not to mention significant out of pocket expenses to homeowners and your city.

The Cedar Rapids Utilities-Water Division is advising residents to insulate water meters and water pipes, which are vulnerable to cold air drafts. When you insulate, make sure you use an insulating wrap which contains fiberglass or other recognized insulating materials.

Water meters and pipes near basement windows are especially susceptible to freezing and damage. In most cases, officials say a broken water pipe or water meter will cost the customer more than $ 100.00.

If your water pipe or water meter freezes, never use an open flame in an effort to thaw them out. The City advises that you use a hair dryer, or rags soaked in hot water to thaw out the frozen area. In addition, the City says do not use heat tape or a space heater, because of the fire hazard they present.

The City reminds residents; if your water meter freezes, your water service will be interrupted until the meter can be replaced. Residents will questions should call the CR Utilities-Water Division at 319-286-5900. You can also report a broken pipe or water meter at this number.


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