Every year the City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water has the unfortunate task of informing homeowners they have a burst pipe or broken irrigation system, often the result of freezing temperatures. Winter weather is on its way and if you want to keep your water flowing, be water wise and winterize. The most important step is to use your stop and waste drain valve to drain your pipes anytime you leave for extended periods. Freezing water expands by 9 percent, enough to break plastic, copper and even steel. A one-eighth-inch split can gush 250 gallons a day, ruining tile and carpet, shorting electrical appliances and destroying furniture.
Complete details on winterization and a printable brochure can be found here.
Don't let your meter freeze!
Last but not least, “Don’t Let Frosty Down.” Inside the DWP meter box is a white foam pad known as a frost mat, or “Frosty,” that protects your meter from freezing. Like foam on coffee, it should always stay on top. If you’ve had work done and your frosty isn’t on top and level, give him a good tug up. Please call (909)866-5050 if you need assistance.