Bear Creek village officials are asking people in town to run their water to avoid frozen pipes.
Residents are asked to run a fast drip or a steady stream of water in one of their home faucets. Utilities officials say they are experiencing frozen laterals in the water system.
Several other communities around Northeast Wisconsin have also asked people to run their water non-stop to prevent frozen pipes.
A similar order has been issued in Wausaukee. Village leaders there say a stream of cold water from any one faucet inside the home should be about 1/16 inch, or the size of a string of yarn. Customers will not be billed for extra water use; bills will be averaged from past usage, Wausaukee leaders say.
Wausaukee residents can call their village office at (751) 856-5341 with questions.
Clintonville has also issued a run-water advisory.
The city is asking people to run a constant stream the thickness of a pencil or pen – about a quarter-inch in diameter. Those who do not run their water, or shut off water without being given the all-clear, will be charged for the costs of thawing or repairing their service, the city warns.
The latest community to issue an order is the City of Algoma.
Algoma Utilities is requiring all customers to run their cold water in a pencil lead-size stream at one faucet in their home or business.
Adjustments will be made to water bills.