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Kenyon Municipal Utilities: Test your water temperatures

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KENYON, Minn. (KTTC) -- The sound of running water is echoing in homes throughout Kenyon this week.

That's because the city is the latest of many communities in our area advising water customers to run their faucets to prevent their pipes from freezing.

"Now it says run a pencil, keep a good stream running," said Randy Eggert of Kenyon Municipal Utilities. "And if it drops below 40 degrees, you better start running your water."

Stores like Kenyon's Ace Hardware are clearing the shelves of thermometers.

"This is the third week that we've been sold out of thermometers people are using for their water temperatures," said store clerk Dean Houglum.

Houglum said the store is even running it's own faucet.

"We're running here, running at my own house, my parents are running at their house, yeah, everybody I know is running water in town right now," he said.

So, how do you take your water temperature?

"First of all, one thing we suggest is you let it run for a while, and if at all possible, if you can do it in a basement, where it's closest to where the water is coming into the house," said Eggert. "Let it run for a while then take a couple of samples, and what I've been doing is filling this cup up like this, and then it's a pool thermometer which I've put in for measurement."

Let it sit for a few minutes, check the temperature, and you're ready to go.  You can use a regular body thermometer for measuring water temperatures, however, officials say not to use kitchen thermometers because they measure incorrectly.

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