The Department of Water Management Offers Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes
As winter officially begins on December 21, 2019, the Department of Water Management (DWM) is spreading the word and reminding residents to take precautions to prevent their pipes from freezing.
As the temperature drops for more prolonged periods of time, the greater the chance that pipes could freeze and burst –causing costly damage to homes.
Visit www.cityofchicago.org/water for more tips on how to prevent frozen pipes.
Maintain Good Water Quality
To ensure good water quality, remember to flush your plumbing system every day. Simply run the cold water for five minutes when water in the home hasn’t been used for six hours or more. Daily activities such as showering, doing laundry or dishes count as daily flushing. The Department of Water Management offers free water testing to all Chicago residents. If you are interested in having your water tested –for free, call 311 or visit www.ChicagoWaterQuality.org to request a lead test kit.
What happens when the snow melts?
Remember snow is water. When snow melts, the water drains the same as it does after a rain fall. Snow melting on a warm day after a heavy snow fall can cause the sewer system to overload
with water. To keep this water from backing up into the basement, keep these tips in mind:
- Clear sewer catch basins of old leaves or debris before a big snow.
- Limit the use of dishwashers and washing machines when heavy snow fall is melting quickly. This will prevent excess water from overloading the sewer system.
Through Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago infrastructure improvement program, the Department of Water Management (DWM) is installing a new water main in your area on
Project No: 1801112
- ON W MELROSE ST FROM N ASHLAND AVE TO N SOUTHPORT AVE
By signing up for these notifications on the buildinganewchicago.org website you will be kept informed on the progress of this project.
Construction crews have begun preparing the site for the water main installation, including the location and marking of other utility services. You will notice construction equipment and materials placed in your area. The project will consist of several phases over the coming weeks.
Once the new water main has been installed, the new pipe will be pressurized, disinfected with chlorine and tested. We will then begin the process of switching services from the old main to the new main. During that transfer period you will be without water for a few hours. Your building will receive a handout notifying you when your water service will be temporarily interrupted prior to the service transfer.
Each year, Residents receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze on their property taxes MUST complete and submit an application for 2018 to the Cook County Assessor’s Office. The 2018 applications were mailed by the Assessor January 4, 2019. If you do not receive an application in the mail, applications are available on the Assessor’s website for both the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze.
Here is a link to the Assessor’s website: http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Exemptions/Exemption-Forms.aspx.
If you turned 65 in 2018 you are eligible to apply for the Senior Citizen Exemption. Please complete the Senior Citizen Exemption form and provide the required documents detailed in the FAQ section (http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Exemptions/Exemption-Forms.aspx.) To qualify for the Senior Freeze exemption, you must have a total gross income in 2017 of no more than $65,000.
All completed applications must be submitted to the Assessor’s office no later than February 6, 2019.
Project Update 1.9.2019:
John Burns Construction Company (JBCC) plans to begin the fiber optic conduit installation tomorrow morning Thursday, January 10th near the intersection of Oakdale and Lake Shore Drive. Underground work, concrete and parkway restoration is scheduled to be complete by Friday, January 18th. This work is weather, equipment and material dependent and is subject to change.
During this work, “No Parking” Signs will be posted from 300 to 330 W. Oakdale between the hours 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from 1/9 through 1/11 and 1/14 through 1/18.