The Adrian City Crew has been fighting old man winter these past few weeks with a series of water main breaks due to the long stretch of sub zero days.
Adrian Public Utility Commissioner Terry Miller said the crews were called to the first break on January 7th. This break was on Kentucky Ave by the 6th Street intersection. A main break was reported on February 27th across from the Adrian Clinic and then on the 28th two more breaks were discovered west of the high school. Crews worked on the breaks from 3a. to 5am on Saturday morning with a little break and started up again at 7:30 am until around 7:30 pm fixing on the lines. Miller stated that a frost heave caused the breaks and goes on to say “the frost is deeper this year than anybody's collective memory, it’s causing problems. Let’s hope it warms up pretty soon!” Miller stresses that even though we do expect a bit of a warm up later this week that frost moves slowly so even though the temperature is warmer the frost will continue to move down deeper for a while.
In response to this unprecedented frost depth the City of Adrian Public Utilities Department is asking to help keep more lines from freezing by taking the temperature of the cold water coming from your tap periodically. If the water temperature is 36ºF or lower, let your water run at a stream the size of a pencil, or slightly smaller. Utility personnel have infrared equipment to verify the temperature if you are not sure of your reading. Contact Adrian Public Utilities if your temperature is below 36º, they will verify it and adjust your bill accordingly if you must keep a constant flow going in your house.
Terry Miller suggest that the best place to check the temperature is as close to the place that the line comes into the house or building as you can access a water flow.
Adrian Utilities have not had a report of any service lines freezing to businesses or residents as some other area towns are reporting. Adrian Utilities have taken a pro-active approach asking some residents who have had issues with frozen lines previously to run a stream of water already.
If you have any questions about the temperature of your water, to have someone check your temperature or to report that you are running a constant stream and need to have an adjustment call 483-2680. You must contact Adrian Public Utilities to report you are running your water in advance in order to receive an adjustment.