BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The extremely cold temperatures have led to a rare run water advisory in Big Rapids.

City officials issued the advisory Wednesday, as a polar vortex sent temperatures plummeting to sub-zero levels, with wind chills as low as -30 in Battle Creek.

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Under the advisory, residents should open one faucet in their home to allow a pencil-lead size stream of water to circulate through the pipes, preventing ice buildup in pipes. Residents should keep the faucet running constantly until the advisory is lifted.

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Homeowners within the city who are running their water under the advisory must notify the city treasurer’s office at 231.592.4005.

Check the city of Big Rapids’ website for advisory updates.