City of Alexandria water demand dramatically increases during Arctic weather event

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (City of Alexandria) - The recent Arctic front which brought several nights of sub-freezing temperatures to our area has caused the City’s water demand to increase by almost 100%.

“The combination of leaks from frozen and burst pipes along with residents running faucets inside their homes to prevent freezing has caused our water demand to increase significantly; our wells are currently pumping as much water as they would on a mid-July day,” said Jimbo Graham the City’s Water Operations Superintendent.

“Yesterday alone, Water Department crews responded to over 100 calls for service related to frozen or burst pipes caused by the unusually cold weather,” Graham added.

The City and the AUS ask residents to be mindful of water usage until temperatures moderate to a more normal level for the area later this week:
• Insulate water pipes in unheated areas.
• Know where your property shut-off valve is located.
• Inspect normally unattended or unoccupied properties for leaks.
• Promptly shut off leaks caused by frozen or burst pipes. If you are unable to shut off the water to your home or business, please call the Water Department at 473-1264.
• Do not drip faucets during the daylight hours. If you must drip faucets during the night to prevent freezing a small, pencil lead size stream is enough.
• Turn off automatic sprinkler and irrigation systems.
• Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only and only when necessary.

At this time, there is no threat to the safety or integrity of the City’s water supply; therefore a citywide boil advisory or order is not needed. The City and the AUS will release further information as necessary. Continue to monitor the City’s Facebook page (Alexconnects), the AUS Facebook page and local media for up-to-the minute information.

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