Engineers provide safety advice for handling freezing pipes

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Several parishes in Acadiana are encouraging residents to conserve water due to freezing temperatures that affect water pipes and water quality.

When there’s a hard freeze, residents whose homes are off the ground with exposed pipes should either wrap the pipes and or turn off exterior water valves to prevent pipes from freezing.
This will also help prevent low water pressure that results from too many homes running water or ruptured lines.
Low water pressure can cause contamination in water lines.

According to the Chief Engineer for the Department of Health Amanda Laughlin, boil advisories are issued once that occurs.

Laughlin says there have been 20 to 30 boil advisories issued in the last 48 hours.

The Red Cross reminds residents to also keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage and open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
Don’t forget to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.



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