The City of Decorah and the Decorah Water Department remind residents to continue monitoring the water temperatures in their homes and businesses due to the extreme cold and especially the increasing depth of the ground frost this season.If the water temperature in your lines falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you may run the risk of frozen water lines.

To measure the water temperature accurately, run only the cold water faucet for about five minutes then fill a glass and take the temperature using any thermometer that will measure to at least 30 degrees.

If the water temperate is below 40 degrees it is recommended that you let a very thin stream of water run from your faucet. You may need to do this for an extended period of time or as recommended by your plumber. Basements and crawl spaces must also be heated to prevent water line freezing.

Because of the high number of frozen service lines and water mains, please call your local plumber to assist with service line issues. You may call the Water Department at (563) 382-5171 or City Hall at (563) 382-3651 to determine if there is a broken or frozen main in your area if you experience water problems.