Winterize Your Home Before a Freeze

Before a freeze, the District wants to provide helpful instructions to protect your pipes if the weather predictions are for a Hard Freeze.  According to the National Weather Service, a Hard Freeze occurs when the temperature reaches 28 degrees, or lower, for at least a few hours. There are a number of ways to protect the pipes in your home, but the graphics below give instructions on how to drain the internal plumbing, and how to winterize and drain your irrigation system. Additional instructions to protect your pipes are:

  1. Unhook any outdoor water hoses attached to your faucets.
  2. Wrap outdoor pipes and faucets with foam, rags, or other insulating material. To keep the insulation in place, secure it with string, wire, or tape.
  3. Install insulation or covers over outside water faucets.
  4. Open cabinet doors under your sinks to provide warm air circulation.
  5. Circulate water in your home by allowing at least one sink to drip.
  6. Keep the temperature of your home above 55 degrees.

An Important Message from Cinco MUD 7

As your local water provider, the health and safety of the Cinco MUD 7 community is our top priority. Cinco MUD 7 is closely monitoring updates and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The emergence of COVID-19 has caused understandable questions about public health and local water supplies.

The water provided by Cinco MUD 7  continues to meet stringent state and federal standards.

The EPA recommends that Americans continue to use, and drink tap water as usual. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated the following:

Presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is mainly thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another. EPA’s drinking water regulations require treatment at public water systems to remove or kill pathogens, including viruses.

More CDC information is available at: Water Transmission and COVID-19

More EPA information is available at: Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater

Cinco MUD 7 will continue to monitor public health recommendations and share periodic updates as necessary. Please continue to monitor your local office of emergency management for the most up to date public health announcements.

Should there be additional information needed, please contact the District’s operator at 281-579-4500.