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Despite warm up, communities still worry about frozen pipes

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - With highs approaching 70 Wednesday, it seems impossible to believe that Wisconsinites still face the risk of having their water pipes freeze.

But there's a lot of frost underground that's putting pressure on those pipes.

Because of that, dozens of communities continue to order residents to keep a tiny stream of water going 24-7 from one of their faucets. Those orders have ended in some places like Mosinee and Thorp.  

But FOX 11 still lists 20 communities which have orders to run water -- including Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Fond du Lac.

Most communities have said they'll pick up the tab for the extra water that's used -- and in some places, those who don't follow the orders will get billed if their pipes freeze.  

Folks in Clintonville have let an extra 1.4 million gallons a week drip from their faucets. The water running orders were first imposed in January, after the wind chills got down to 55-below in the far north.

Now, the temperatures are more spring-like -- at least above the surface.

Highs Wednesday are expected in the mid-50's in the north to the upper 60's in west central and southern areas under sunny to partly cloudy skies.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)