BWL addresses frozen pipe issues for Lansing veteran

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Lansing Board of Water and Light is working right now to fix an issue that has plagued the pipes of a Lansing veteran over the past few winters.

Earlier this month marine veteran Eugene Hanson told 6 News he’s had to run a hose to his neighbor’s house to get water when his pipes freeze.

Hanson says the BWL discovered the pipes running to his house were not buried deep enough.

BWL crews and general manager Dick Peffley were working outside of Hanson’s home Friday to find a fix for the freezing issues.

“This is ah unique but we heard the customer’s concerns. Our engineering people put their ah thinking hats on. They’re ah gonna try to insulate it. You know to wrap insulation to see that will stop it from freezing and we think that will work. It’s the first time we’ve tried it ah, but we’re encouraged from what we’ve researched on this so then the customers won’t have to run their water and worry about that,” said Dick Peffley, general manager, Lansing Board of Water and Light.

Peffley says the water main they’re working on was installed in 1913. He says replacing the 1-mile stretch of pipe would cost more than $1 million.

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