POSTED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 1:30pm
Brownsville Public Utilities Board began preparations for a forecasted cold snap scheduled to arriver on Tuesday. In addition to reviewing safety policy, departments are preparing crews and service delivery systems to maintain operations during weather extremes. BPUB is also asking customers to be prepared to help keep everyone's services working even in extreme temperatures.
BPUB Water and wastewater crews are seeing that water towers are full and readying booster pumps to keep water operations running smoothly. Brownsville PUB recommends the following to protect your home's water pipes:
• Insulate water pipes against freezing temperatures.
• Wrap and cover faucets with Styrofoam or other insulation.
• Let a faucet drip during extreme cold weather. This can prevent a pipe from bursting.
• Know where and how to shut-off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
BPUB also recommends the following to conserve electricity:
• Set the thermostat at 68°. Special consideration will be given for the ill, elderly, and children.
• Turn off unnecessary lights or appliances, such as television sets, which produce heat. Do not bake, wash clothes, iron and use non-essential appliances at this time.
• In addition, pets can be comfortably sheltered inside a garage or insulated dog house, rather than utilizing an electrical blanket. Leaving a dog chained up outside in the case of extreme weather conditions is illegal.