Cold weather causes few problems for Hampton

A warm up early this week provided much needed relief for waterlines in the city.

Doug Tarr, Hampton Pub-lic Works Director, said the city fielded a few reports of frozen service lines in resi-dences during a recent cold spell where temperatures stayed well below zero de-grees.

“Those, to date, have been properties that aren’t insulated very well and some waterlines are exposed to a draft,” he said.

Tarr said the city has part-nered with Service Line War-ranties of America, an insur-ance company specializing in utility lines, to ensure Hamp-ton residents had a safeguard against frozen waterlines. This came on the heels of a winter saw a large number of frozen lines.

Tarr said that winter was fresh enough in the minds of city crews where pipes and water temperatures were moni-tored closely during the cold snap to start the year. He said locations where crews tested measured 47 degrees or slight-ly lower. Complications start to appear when water tempera-tures reach 37 degrees.

Read the full story in the January 10 edition.