Provencher Boulevard chocolate shop Chocolatier Constance Popp has water – even if it’s only from a hose.
Owner Constance Menzies said a temporary hose line was connected to an adjoining business earlier this afternoon.
"We’re now operating at 100 per cent capacity," Menzies said.
Menzies’ shop lost its water supply almost two weeks ago, when its water lines froze, joining over 2,200 other property owners who’ve suffered the same fate this winter.
Attempts to thaw the line earlier this week by contractor Tractus Projects proved unsuccessful.
So, Menzies said she got a city-approved hose connection.
The connection was complicated, however, as neither the chocolate shop nor the neighbour have outdoor taps. Menzies said it required drilling through walls, but the city signed off on it.
"It’s not like full-blast water but it works," Menzies said. "The city said they couldn’t thaw out the lines for another three weeks to a month so this is the best option."
Meanwhile, city hall said another 13 properties reported frozen water lines between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total since November to 2,230.
The city was able to restore full water service to 22 more properties between Wednesday and Thursday, reducing the number of properties on the waiting list to be thawed to 1,349; a drop of nine.