News and Events
February 17, 2014: Further Information Regarding Running Water to Prevent Freezing
The City of Washburn Water Utility has requested service customers to turn on one faucet to let about 1/4 of an inch stream of water run. This is about the diameter of pencil. If you are noticing a decrease in water volume, run a slightly larger stream of water.
Utility bills will be adjusted accordingly. Billing will take into account this additional water usage and your bill will be credited accordingly.
Keep your water running until the City of Washburn tells you to turn it off. Even under warm weather conditions, frost can develop deeper into the ground leaving pipes more susceptible to possible freezing.
Monitor your sewer to ensure everything is draining properly. If you are having problems or issues with your sewer freezing, you may need to contact a plumber. Consider asking neighbor or friend check on your home or business when leaving for an extended period of time if your water service is on. Damage can occur when you are away.
Homeowners who are not full-time residents or businesses that are not open regular hours during the season, it is not recommended you run your water. Only run your water if it can be monitored every day.
If you are planning to return to a home or business after an extended period of time and your water system is frozen please contact the Public Works Office at (715) 373-6171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind assistance with frozen pipes is only available during the Water Department’s regular work hours: weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:30PM.
April 29, 2013: Runoff Water Overflow And How You Can Help
City of Washburn residents are encouraged to check to make sure sump pumps are not connected to the sanitary sewer system in accordance with ordinance 9-2-14(c)(1). In addition, Washburn residents are also encouraged to conserve on water usage for the next couple days.
Rapid snow melt has contributed to the Wastewater Treatment Plant exceeding capacity as of Sunday evening. It is estimated that 100,000 gallons at this point has overflowed into Lake Superior. Currently, the plant is at its capacity for what can be treated in a day, and the overflow basin is also at its capacity. Additional rainfall forecast for later in the week will not help.
Directing sump pumps to flow to lawns will help, along with reducing water usage, so the plant can begin to process sewage in the overflow basin.
All protocols are being followed in accordance with Department of Natural Resources procedures. The cooperation of our residents is asked to reduce any potential additional overflows in this next week and to gain capacity in the overflow basin.
November 11, 2012: 2013 City Fee Schedule Released
The City of Washburn has released a downloadable copy of the comprehensive fee schedule, including license and permit fees, administrative, recreational fees, etc.
Download 2013 Fee Schedule (PDF format)
March 22, 2012: Council Meeting Now Available as Streaming Video
Download instructions to watch video coverage of City Council meetings. (PDF format)