By Aldo Santin
Properties across Winnipeg continue to report frozen water lines despite the milder weather.
Over the four-day Easter weekend, a combined 16 new properties reported frozen water lines, bringing the total since November to 2,499.
"I see the numbers ….and this is positive," Mayor Sam Katz said Wednesday morning.
"There’s no question – we’re definitely on the right track and moving in the right direction."
In an update released Tuesday, city hall said that the number of properties on the waiting list for thawing services continues to decline.
There are now 1,155 properties on the waiting list, a drop of 89 from Thursday.
This was also the 15th straight day that the city has reported a decrease in the number of properties on the waiting list.
The waiting list on April 7 totalled 1,372 – it’s now dropped 217 since then.
City hall is no longer issuing daily updates. Instead, updates are being issued twice a week.
Katz said city crews are getting ahead of the problem.
"As long as we can basically thaw out the pipes, or provide water, at a greater rate than people are having their pipes frozen, that to me is the path to getting us restored to normal."
The number of properties with temporary services through a city-installed hose reached 930; with 805 of those still with a hose connection.
The city reports there remain 350 properties without any kind of water service – temporary or full – because of frozen lines.
The city identified those properties as including those that require excavation before thawing equipment can be utilized; vacant commercial or residential properties; and businesses that arranged their own temporary hook-ups.