Freezing conditions can ruin many things, including waterlines -- if they're improperly cared for. But, Zanesville residents shouldn't worry about the state of their water district as winter nears, as long as they use common sense when caring for their water pipes and put faith in the water department. Water Superintendent Bob Pletcher says water crews repeatedly check pipes and water flow from the first snow through the first thaw. But, there are some tips residents can follow to do their part to ensure water flow isn't disrupted. Close basement windows and doors and seal off any cracks that could allow cold air into the house. If a water meter freezes, so can water pipes, according to Pletcher. Pletcher suggests residents check meters periodically. He also suggests checking over their homes and plug openings to avoid a potential disaster.