Choteau Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on March 9.
Don’t be fooled by the warmer weather, businesses and homes are still at risk for freezing water lines. We need to continue to let the cold-water drip from a faucet. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing. Even though outdoor temperatures are rising, the ground is still cold enough to freeze the pipes from the water main into your house. It may be necessary to do this through April 30.
City of Choteau will apply a $10 credit to all water users' accounts in March because of the additional cost on water bills for leaving taps running, according to city officials. On Friday morning, City Public Works Director Mike Maples calculated that leaving one tap running a stream the size of a small pencil would cost water users $9.99 in additional water charges per month. Here is a photograph from Maples of the size of water stream needed to keep the service line from freezing.
Original source can be found here.
Source: Choteau Chamber of Commerce