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Cold Weather and Water Pipes

What should I do to avoid cold weather problems with my water pipes?

Here are a few tips on how you can help yourself prepare your plumbing for the upcoming winter season. Take a little time to prepare your home before the cold weather sets in.

  • Turn off your outside hose bib from inside the property and disconnect the hose.
  • Make sure the area around the water meter is heated to prevent freezing.
  • Make sure the water shut off valves on both sides of the water meter work properly so you can turn off your water in case of an emergency.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow warmer air around the water pipes.
  • During extreme cold weather, leave a small stream of cold water flowing through a faucet.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure

We strive to provide customers with high quality water and high quality service. As part of this ongoing commitment to Wauwatosa customers, we are upgrading water meters with advanced metering infrastructure technology.

Water Conservation

There is increasing interest in encouraging water conservation and efficiency to help manage demand and meet critical water supply needs. Using water more efficiently benefits all by:

  • Reducing energy and chemical costs
  • Avoiding or delaying expensive capital infrastructure investments
  • Ensuring that sufficient water is available to promote economic growth and development while supporting healthy ecosystems
  • Preserving valuable water resources for future generations

Learn more about water conservation:

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