New Way of Thawing Pipes in Ann Arbor .
Thawing out water pipes by electricity in Ann Arbor is proving a great success. After much trouble Dr. A. K. Hale president of the water company secured the necessary apparatus and yesterday President Hale and Supt. Stevens of the Ann Arbor Electric Co; commenced their experiments. They first thawed out two service pipes very successfully and then 550 feet of mains on Lawrence st. The apparatus although very effective is not perfect. Dr. Hale terms what has been done simply an experiment. Tomorrow service pipes on Liberty st. are to be opened. Only 50 volts of electricity are used. This new plan of thawing the ice in water pipes was first tried in Madison, Wis., and is proving a great success everywhere. The electricity generates enough heat to melt the ice and effects a very great saving in expense.