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MASON CITY | City Engineer Mark Rahm said Tuesday the city has received several reports of frozen water lines and asked residents to take precautions.

"We have received reports of frozen water service lines at several residential and business locations," Rahm said in a press release. "At this time the reports are scattered and involve water lines freezing inside the building."

But Rahm said the reports are a reminder of last winter when several private water service lines froze under ground between the water main and a dwelling.

They were caused primarily by unusually deep frost resulting from prolonged extreme cold temperatures and little snow cover early on and continuing through that winter season," he said.

Rahm said residents should monitor water coming into their dwellings by measuring the water temperature from an inside cold faucet nearest to the meter. He said to allow water to flow from the faucet a minute or two before checking in order to get a good measured temperature.

"If it is below 40 degrees you should monitor more frequently. If it continues to drop, consider opening a cold water faucet to allow a slow continuous stream of water, about the size of a pencil, to flow," said Rahm. "That should prevent the line from freezing."

People with questions are encouraged to call the Engineering Department at 641-421-3605 or the Water Department at 641-421-3683 to report water related concerns.

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