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Councillors to get lowdown on brown water

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The problem with brown water flowing out of taps reached epidemic proportion in 2013 when the number of incidents in Winnipeg was double the yearly average.

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We’ll learn this week the mystery behind Winnipeg’s brown water problem.

The long-waited consultant’s report examining the source of the city’s discoloured water will be presented to members of council at a special seminar Thursday morning.

Coun. Justin Swandel (St. Norbert), chairman of the public works committee, told reporters last week that the report identifies the problem. He said the complete report will be released at next week’s public works’ meeting, but councillors will be briefed ahead of time.

Winnipeggers have been plagued with isolated incidents of brown water for years, but the problem reached epidemic proportion in 2013 when the number of incidents was double the yearly average.

The situation became so bad council instructed the city’s administration to accept claims for laundry damaged by the discoloured water, but there were only a handful of settlements, none of them for more than $50.

In the past, city officials always linked the outbreaks to water-main repairs, but the cause of many of the reports in 2013 could not be explained.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

 

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