ELMHURST – The city of Elmhurst water system has experienced a number of water main breaks because of the freezing temperatures, according to a city news release.
In light of the weather, Elmhurst has issued some tips on how to prevent water pipes from freezing.
When temperatures drop below freezing, leaving faucets to drip when residents are asleep or not home will help prevent a pipe from bursting, the release stated.
A lot more water is wasted from a leaky or gushing pipe than from taking this precaution, according to the release. The city suggests sticking a large pot or bucket under the faucet that is dripping and using it to flush the toilet or water plants so it won't go to waste.
The city also recommends keeping pipes exposed to warm air to reduce freezing.
Residents should turn the water off to outside spigots and disconnect garden hoses, the release stated. They should make sure outdoor pipes, like the ones running to backyard spigots, are wrapped. The pipes will stay warmer than the air, making them less likely to develop leaks or burst, according to the release.