Mother Nature is making ice here now. Calling for a high temp of 20*F today, and a low of 2* tonight. It's minus 5* at Mount Storm, WV now.
Years ago my Dad had an idea for making ice. Dad was thinking about running a garden hose out an upstairs window and tie off the other end to a tree limb, up 20 feet or so above ground. Turn the faucet on and let it drip, drip, drip. On a really cold night, you could probably freeze a pencil-sized stream.
Dad was thinking about covering it up with plastic and then sawdust.
I don't remember what the town charges me per 1,000 gallons of water, it's not really that much. But figure 1,000 gallons of water would make a sizable chunk of ice. More or less a waste of water, but it'd be interesting. Just to see how long it would last.