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Public Utilities Departments

    Public Utilities Supervisor: Jake Berndt

    Water Plant
    1200 Dorchester Drive, Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
    (218) 225-2812
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    Waste Water Plant
    100 West Leeds, Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
    (218) 225-2813
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To report an emergency (such as sewer backup, water main breaks) which occur after regular employee working hours (Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) or on the weekend, please call the East Range Police Department at (218) 225-2000 or the non-emergency dispatch number at (218) 742-9825.  During regular hours please call the Water Plant at (218) 225-2812 or Public Works Department at (218) 225-2832.



Steps to take to keep water lines from freezing or steps to take if lines are already frozen:

  • The most likely spot for water lines to freeze is where it enters the house/building.
  • Make sure to clear the area of storage items so warmer room air can reach the pipes. This may mean removing items from a vanity cabinet or in a utility room. 
  • Use heat tape.
  • Use a warm hair dryer.
  • Make sure the roof vent is not covered with snow or is otherwise blocked. Snow build up over the vent will cause the sewer drain to slow down. This prevents the warmer air in the sewer system from venting up the house line and keeping the line above freezing. 
  • Monitor water flow in the nearest (to the outside) fixture closely. Run your cold water for a couple minutes and then take the temperature of the water. If it is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit as a last resort, you can let your cold water run from this faucet at a pencil thickness. 
    • You should run it non-stop when there is no one home or no water is being used for a period of time. 
    • Watch for unintended consequences of sewer or septic backups if running water continuously.
    • If a home's thermostat isn't hardwired and relies on a battery, property owners should make sure that battery is fresh.  


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