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New reports of frozen pipes still coming in

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‎Winnipeg water and waste officials are reminding property owners who suspect their water lines have frozen to contact 311 immediately.

Water distribution engineer Tim Shanks said the city continues to recognize areas at risk of water-line freezing, partly due to new reports.

As of Tuesday, owners of 7,256 Winnipeg properties have ‎been advised to run a stream of water as a precautionary measure.

The city has fielded 2,304 reports of frozen lines, a rise of 22 from Monday. Water service has been restored to 944, a rise of 11 from the previous day.

A total of 1,360 properties are awaiting thawing, a rise of 11 over Monday. Temporary water hoses are serving 752 properties, a rise of 13 from the previous day.

A total of 608 properties have no water of any sort, a drop of two from Monday.

The city also advises absent property owners to ensure people monitoring their homes also‎ check to see whether water is running.

Shanks also reminded contractors they need city authorization to access waterlines on city property and city shutoff valves. Four have been damaged by contractors, he said.

He said the city is working with one contractor who accessed city property without authorization and was sent a cease-and-desist letter.

The city insists on operating shutoff valves itself in order to minimize damage and comply with water regulations, he said.

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