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Cost estimates for frozen pipes delayed a month

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City hall will take another month to come up with an estimated cost for the frozen-waterline problem that plagued thousands of Winnipeg properties this winter and spring.

On Thursday, council’s finance committee hoped to receive some form of indication of the cost of attempting to thaw frozen pipes, hook up frozen-out homes and businesses to neighbouring properties and run water for free in homes at risk of having frozen pipes or where water service had been restored.

City officials asked for another month to prepare that estimate, citing the complexity of compiling overtime costs for workers in various city departments, water usage and equipment costs.

Charleswood-Tuxedo Coun. Paula Havixbeck estimated the cost in the $10-million range, but finance chairman Russ Wyatt (Transcona) and Mayor Sam Katz said they will wait to see what the administration comes up with in June.

As of May 13, 2,562 city properties were affected by frozen pipes at some point since Nov. 1.

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