UPDATE: The tree has been removed and no further issues have been reported. ORIGINAL: A crew is responding to a report of a power disturbance on Lexington Avenue between B and C Streets due to a fallen tree in the power line. Thank you for your patience as we work to get everything up and running!
UPDATE: Squirrels are at it again! But the issue has been resolved. ORIGINAL: Crews are on their way to a reported power disruption in the area near Mary Lanning Healthcare, which also includes the courthouse and some residential areas. Initial reports indicate a feeder disruption is causing power cycling.
Utility Tip Tuesday: When to Throw in the Towel Some plumbing projects are better left to the professionals. If you need a plumber, keep these tips in mind: Choose a reputable local plumber.... Contact the plumber as soon as possible to avoid long delays for your plumbing repairs. Always call a certified plumber for major issues. Be prepared to explain the issue.
Some lights are already flickering in this severe weather - if your power goes out, please report your outage and address from your mobile phone at https://www.cityofhastings.org/huoutages and we will get a crew out to you! If you are unable to report it online, call us at 463-1371.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Running Toilets A constantly running toilet often happens when the inner workings of the toilet no longer work properly. The flapper valve often lets water run if it no longer fits properly. Other potential causes include an imbalanced float, loose fill tube or a leak. Check for a leak by putting food coloring in the tank. After about 20 minutes, check out the bowl to see if the color traveled into the bowl water because of a leak.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Hot Water Heaters Maintaining your hot water heater helps it run efficiently to prevent leaks or other problems. Check the pressure valve regularly. Flush the tank periodically to remove sediment. Look around the tank occasionally to check for drips and leaks that could indicate a bigger problem.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Leaky Faucets A dripping faucet typically occurs when the washer that forms the seal on the tap gets damaged. Damage may include tearing, dislodging or stiffening. When this damage occurs, the washer no longer seals tightly, allowing small amounts of water to drip from the faucet. Over time, the valve seat may also wear or corrode. Replacing the washer can often solve the problem, which can be a DIY or professional job depending on your experience and tools.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Exhaust Fans Ensure that all your exhaust fans are clean to prevent fire hazards. Some appliances have exhaust fans, which can get dirty or clogged with debris and make the appliance work harder. This can shorten the life of the appliance and can cause a risk to the home due to overheating, or even cause a buildup of dangerous gases that can lead to an electrical fire hazard. Cleaning exhaust fans regularly helps prevent such hazards.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Let your Appliances Breathe Give your appliances proper space for air circulation to avoid overheating. Without proper air circulation, electrical equipment can overheat and short out, and can become an electrical fire hazard. Make sure your appliances have proper air circulation, and avoid running electrical equipment in enclosed cabinets. For best electrical safety, it’s also important to store flammable objects well away from all appliances and electronics. Pay especially close attention to your gas or electric dryer, as these need to be situated at least a foot from the wall to function safely.
The Hastings Utilities Department's Customer Connect online service will be temporarily unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, June 4 until 8 a.m. Monday, June 7 for scheduled maintenance. We appreciate your patience during this period of inconvenience.
Utility Tip Tuesday: Overloaded Outlets Overloading an electrical outlet is a common cause of electrical problems. Check all outlets to ensure they are cool to the touch, have protective faceplates and are in proper working order. Also ensure that only one heat-producing appliance is plugged into an outlet at a time.
The US National Weather Service Hastings Nebraska is predicting severe weather this evening that could include hail, rain, and high winds that could knock down trees and power lines. Please remember to never touch or drive over any downed lines, even if you don't think they're live. Call our offices at 402-463-1371 to report downed power lines or outages, or report outages right from your smartphone at https://www.cityofhastings.org/huoutages
Utility Tip Tuesday: Use the Correct Wattage Using the right bulbs can prevent electrical problems, so check all lamps, fixtures and appliances to ensure you’re using the correct wattage. If a light fixture has no wattage listed, use 60-watt bulbs or less. For unmarked ceiling fixtures, choose 25-watt bulbs. LED bulbs consume less power and reduce the risk of fixtures overheating.
It's planting and growing season! That means it's the perfect time to check out our incentive and rebate programs designed to keep nitrates from fertilizer from reaching our precious groundwater. Programs include rebates for equipment to help farmers and landowners manage irrigation scheduling and cost sharing for soil sampling. Check them all out here: https://www.cityofhastings.org/…/wellhead-protection-area-i…
Utility Tip Tuesday: Overhead Work When performing any work or maintenance overhead at your home or workplace, beware of electrical lines. In most workplaces, there is the potential for live electrical equipment and parts above the floor level, which are only accessible with ladders or elevated platforms. Be sure to use a portable ladder with non-conductive side rails, and stay at least 10 feet away from any exposed electrical lines while you are performing overhead work.
Some residential areas are getting water mains replaced, starting at Garfield Avenue and New York Avenue. Work will then move over to the area of 7th and Crane. More details here: https://www.cityofhastings.org/…/water-main-replacement-un…/
Inspectors will be out and about next week testing the condition of some of our power poles and transmission lines. You might see these uniforms and marked vehicles - they'll be attaching test equipment to poles and recording data, but they will not cause any electrical interruptions. More information here: https://www.cityofhastings.org/…/power-pole,-transmission-…/
A crew is responding to a reported electrical outage in the 100 block of S. California Avenue. The cause of the outage is unclear at this time. If you're also experiencing an outage, please report it with your address here: https://www.cityofhastings.org/huoutages
We're looking to hire a Fuel Handler for the Whelan Energy Center! The ideal candidate will have some previous experience handling heavy equipment - to read the job description or to apply, click the link below!
Welcome to Utility Tip Tuesday! Our goal is to help increase safety and awareness about utilities and their potential dangers, to eventually make everyone more comfortable and confident in their own homes. Our tips may vary from the seemingly obvious to the more obscure, and we hope everyone learns something along the way! Today's tip: Beware of Conductive Tools and Cleaning Materials If you are cleaning an area, note that some cleaning materials are conductive as well and require additional caution. Solvent and water-based cleaning materials are electrically conductive, as are steel wool and metalized cloth. Keep these cleaning products, as well as any conductive tools, away from live electrical parts and equipment.