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Rhinelander residents asked to run more tap water


RHINELANDER, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  As our cold winter continues, a number of Wisconsin communities have asked residents to run their water constantly so the pipes don't freeze. Now, one of the first cities to make the request -- Rhinelander -- wants the taps open a little wider. At first, people were told to run their water the length of a pencil lead. Now, it's the whole pencil.

Frost lines in the ground are down to eight-feet deep, and they're expected to go deeper. Rhinelander officials want residents to keep running their water until further notice, even if the weather gets a bit warmer. City Councilman Mark Pelletier says it might be another month -- and folks should make sure it's the cold water that's running.

Residents won't be charged for the extra water usage. They'll be billed a flat-rate based on regular usage levels.