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UPDATED: City asks residents to measure water temperature

BEMIDJI-- The city of Bemidji's water department is asking residents to measure their water temperature to keep pipes from freezing.

A memo sent Thursday asks residents to periodically check the temperature of their tapwater as extreme frost depth has been freezing many underground water pipes.

If water temperature is below 34 degrees, residents are advised to let their tapwater run constantly at a stream the size of pencil 24 hours a day until the water’s temperature exceeds 34 degrees, or until mid-April. Residents must also call City Hall at 759-3564 to report that they are running their water. 

UPDATE: City Manager John Chattin sent a release Friday clarifing that residents will not be charged for additional water or sewer usage if they verify the cold temperatures with City Hall.