The first major winter storm of the season is currently predicted to bring wind chills between minus 20 to minus 40 degrees in the coming days. This storm also coincides with holiday travel and many community members traveling to be with family and friends.

The City of Iowa City recommends taking these steps to prevent your water pipes and water meter from freezing:

  • Keep your heat set to at least 55 degrees at all times, including while you are away.
  • Ensure windows and outside doors are closed.
  • Keep interior doors and cabinets open, especially those containing plumbing such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. This allows heated air to circulate, preventing your water meter and pipes from freezing.
  • Ask someone to check on your home while you are away and show them where the water shut-off valve is located, typically in the basement between the water meter and wall.

For water emergencies, call the 24/7 Water Division Emergency Line at 319-356-5166.

Date of publication

Tuesday, December 20, 2022