- The financial burden of continuously running water
- The extra processing on the wastewater treatment plant side
- The city heard from people that ran water in a pencil thin stream (as advised by plumbers and other sources) and now the residents have a sewer back-up issue
- The city didn't want to create liability for themselves on the sewer back-up side due to the advice the city gave to continuously run the cold water
LMCIT's litigation attorney, Jack Hennen had these comments:
"I was worried that the cold water trickle method to prevent water lines from freezing would cause ice accumulation in shallow sanitary sewer service lines. With a slow trickle of very cold water an icicle can form inside the sanitary sewer service line."
"When a lot of hot water is put down the line it heats up and cleans out the line and then the vented line dries out until the next discharge--this can deter ice formation in the sewer service lateral. Public Works staffs' familiarity with the area, the depth of the basement (full basement or half basement with walkout), and "as builts" showing the depth of both the sanitary sewer line and the water lines should allow City Employees to give better guidance to homeowners on a case by case basis."
"I do think that such advice should always be characterized in terms of a "tip" or suggestion--i.e.'you might like to try--but we cannot make any kind of guarantee that this will work.' Suggestions are only suggestions--ultimately the homeowners should rely on their own good judgement or on what a plumber they hire tells them."
by Cheryl Brennan