By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — Residents in Elk Mound will not have to keep their water running — for now, anyway.
Mark Levra, Elk Mound public-works-director-in-training, reported at the Elk Mound Village Board’s February 5 meeting that he had been testing the water temperature at various sites in Elk Mound.
The water was 39 degrees Fahrenheit by the Marshfield Clinic, but at other sites around town, the water was 41 degrees, he said.
Since the water is above freezing, there is no need for people to keep their water running, Levra said.
A number of other municipalities in the area, including Colfax, have asked their residents to keep the water running in a pencil-sized stream from one faucet in their home or business until further notice so the water laterals and mains do not freeze.
Elk Mound employees will continue to monitor the water temperature and will ask homeowners or business owners to run their water on an individual basis as needed, said Terry Stamm, director of public works.
The water temperature when it comes out of the ground is 48 degrees, and Levra said he would continue to check the water temperature every day.
Considering all of the snow, ice and below zero temperatures, “this has been a trying year. (The village employees) have done an awesome job,” said Andy Peterson, village president.
During the February 5 meeting, the Elk Mound Village Board learned that the time has arrived to advertise for bids for the University Street project.
The street project will cost an estimated $165,000.
If the advertisement for bids is published now, the village board could award the bid in March, Stamm said.