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BELOIT-- A city official said dozens of Beloit residents have been without water for more than a week due to problems caused by frozen pipes.
About 53 homes in the neighborhood near Copeland Avenue -- including Tremont Drive and Sheridan, Prairie and Summit avenues -- have not had running water for days, some going without service for 10 days, an official said.
The city of Beloit said it was waiting for a de-icing device from a manufacturer in Canada to arrive to thaw frozen water in the pipes and restore service to residents. The Pulse Jet De-icer pipe-thawing tool has been backordered but is expected to arrive in Beloit Tuesday, an official told News 3. As soon as the de-icer arrives, work to thaw pipes will begin.
Many water utility agencies in southern Wisconsin have had issues with frozen pipes affecting customer service during the cold winter thus far. Utility officials explained that the extreme cold paired with a lack of deep snow for insulation makes water pipes below ground more vulnerable as the level of frost below the ground deepens.
In many Dane and Rock county communities including Milton, Evansville and Janesville, residents are being asked to monitor cold tap water temperatures and in some cases, run a pencil-thin stream of water continuously to avoid pipe freezes.Tuesday, February 18 2014, 06:02 PM CST
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