Keep the water pipes freeze free in Tahoe |

Keep the water pipes freeze free in Tahoe

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The North Tahoe Public Utility District reminds residents to take precautions to make sure their homes, especially their water lines, are prepared for the cold.

If you know pipes in your home freeze, make sure to leave them running.

Never completely shut the heat off when you are not at home and leave cabinet doors open to allow air to circulate.

Install a water shut off valve to shut off the home’s water if you will not be home for any length of time. The shut off should also allow the water system in your home to completely drain, leaving no water in the pipes.

Give the water District your most current contact phone number in the event of a water emergency. NTPUD doesn’t like to send a letter to notify the homeowner there is water pouring out of the house.

Finally, if you see water running out of a neighbor’s garage, down a driveway or anywhere else you don’t typically see running water, please call your local water district.

During the winter of 2009-2010, a significant cold spell in the region resulted in more than 60 homes having significant water damage.

Home service breaks showed usage in the 20,000 to 40,000 gallon range with several homes in the 100,000 to 200,000 gallon range. That amount of water running through a home will cause significant damage.

For reference, during the winter with no landscape irrigation, domestic (home) water usage usually runs well under 10,000 gallons per month. The District’s National Avenue Water Treatment Plant was producing 200,000 to 300,000 gallons more per day than would be expected that time of year.

The North Tahoe Public Utility District provides sewer and water service to the residents of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Cedar Flat and Agate Bay. For more information, visit

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