City of Lander increases base water usage to prevent freezing

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 11:34 PM CST
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LANDER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The City of Lander announces that they have begun increasing the base water rate to include an additional 2,000 gallons per month. If you have a shallow water service line, or have a history of your water freezing up in the winter, you are urged to consider running a thin stream of water. The stream of water only needs to be run from one faucet and needs only to be about the size of a pencil lead to prevent freezing.

The city will allow all residential customers 5/8″ meter to run up to 2,000 gallons per billing period starting December 28th. This notice does not apply to apartments or trailer parks that run through a master meter, and people do not receive an individual water bill. Residential customers to whom this does apply will notice on their next water bill that the standard base rate has increased from 4,000 to 6,000 gallons at no extra cost.

Lander Mayor, Monte Richardson, stated, “In January because the frost line goes down so far in the ground, some of our water lines are shallow, so instead of them freezing up and breaking the mains we give them that extra 2,000 gallons, and that’s the size of a pencil lead. That way, it saves us money in the future.” It also can end up saving the consumer money in the long run as it also can prevent their own lines from bursting, in addition to the mains.

The City of Lander will issue another release when it is safe to stop running water.

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