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City gives cold shoulder to pipe thawing plans

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City hall won’t be looking for any additional thawing equipment to help the remaining property owners without water services because of frozen water lines.

A proposal by councillors Paula Havixbeck and John Orlikow to instruct administration to contact other cities that cleared up their backlog of frozen water lines was referred to committee for study.

An attempt to debate the motion was defeated.

Council’s rejection of the plan occurred while city hall reported four more properties without water because of frozen pipes.

City hall says there have been 2,585 properties with frozen water lines since November.

The city says 522 properties remain on the waiting list for thawing services. However, of those with frozen water lines, 434 properties have a temporary water service through a hose connection to a neighbouring property.

There remain 88 properties without water service of any kind.

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Updated on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM CDT: Corrected lede

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