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Rural Water System Battles Cold

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This winter has already set many records around the state of North Dakota--both above and below ground.

In addition to the very cold air temperatures, soil temperatures are way below normal according to people dealing with the issue.

North Prairie Rural Water District

officials say the frost has reached nearly seven feet deep - much deeper than any other year they know of.

That has meant some frozen underground pipes in the system.

And it has brought a warning to rural water users.

(Theresa Sundsbak, General Manager) "We're encouraging people especially if you have a meter pit that you need to trickle your water, to keep the water moving, and it doesn't mean you have to run it full blast or anything, a trickle will keep it from freezing. And, so far we have about twelve homes that are having an issue. Some we have been able to fix. Some are going till Spring."

Sundsbak says one customer's home was without water for about five days because of frozen pipes.

She said that North Prairie Rural Water customers should consider keeping water trickling over the next thirty days while the frost begins to come out of the ground.

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