Shakopee has experienced both residential and commercial growth in recent years. Additional water piping, valves, hydrants, water tanks, pump houses and booster stations have been required to support the growth. With this expanded infrastructure comes increased operational expenses.
To offset the additional costs required to maintain the water system and provide the same quality product customers of Shakopee enjoy and expect, SPU water usage rates, including the Reconstruction Charge, have been adjusted.
Effective with the January 2018 billing statement, due February 15th, new water rates for residential and non-residential customers will be implemented.
Residential Impact Examples:
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The 2018 Water Rates brochure is available on this website. Specific, non-residential customer rates can be found there.
If you have any questions regarding the increase please contact SPU at 952.445-1988 and ask for the Water Department.
There are three things that lead to the majority of frozen pipe problems:
Sudden drops in temperature, bad or no insulation where needed, and thermostats set too low.
IN THE FALL
- Insulate your water pipes in unheated areas of your house. Crawl spaces and attics are likely areas where pipes could freeze.
- Heat tape can be used to protect pipes. Read the packaging and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Seal leaky areas that allow cold air to come into unheated areas near your water pipes.
- Disconnect garden hoses and turn off the valves to the outside connections where possible. Drain the pipes to outdoor faucets if your plumbing allows.
- During extreme cold, it could be beneficial to allow a small drip of warm and cold water to come from a faucet near an outside wall.
- If you have a dishwasher consider setting it up to wash or rinse on a delay so that it uses water during the wee hours of the morning.
- Be careful about turning down your thermostat too low at night. Place a thermometer near your water pipes in questionable areas and see how cold it gets during set-back periods on your thermostat.
- Open cabinet or closet doors that conceal water pipes. Especially on outside walls. This will allow room heat to get to the pipes.
DURING WINTER VACATIONS
- Do not set the thermostat lower than 55°.
- Ask a friend or neighbour to check your house each day to make sure that your furnace is working.
- Consider shutting off the water and draining the pipes for extended vacations. Contact a plumber for the details if you are not sure of the procedure.
Please call 952-233-1503 or go to https://spucweb.com/water/report-a-problem/ to report problems or to ask questions.