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City sees hope for frozen waterlines

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City hall hopes it has turned the corner on the frozen-pipes situation.

Diane Sacher, director of water and waste, said even though more properties are without water on a daily basis, the rate of increase has been slowing down.

"It's early, and we have a cold-weather weekend coming up, but I'm cautiously optimistic," Sacher said. "We're monitoring the numbers."

City hall reported Friday another 51 properties were without water.

The good news is that's only one more than Thursday and considerably less than the daily numbers earlier in the week.

Monday to Tuesday saw an increase of 90 affected properties; Tuesday to Wednesday, the number was down to 60; Wednesday to Thursday, it was 50; Thursday to Friday, it was 51.

Sacher said she believes the advisories given to properties in the at-risk areas -- to leave a cold-water tap running all day -- are reducing the increase in the number of impacted properties.

The good news is tempered with the realization city hall expects waterlines will continue to freeze until May or even June.

Even though the weather is warming up, it's going to take a lot longer for the soil to thaw.

Advisories have been issued to more than 5,400 properties across the city. The total number of properties affected this winter has now reached 1,817, up from 1,766 reported on Thursday.

Full service was restored to 21 more properties.

The number of properties on the waiting list to be thawed is at 1,119, up from 1,089 reported on Thursday. The city was able to provide temporary water service to 36 properties Friday, more than double the daily rate from earlier this week.

"There are 807 properties without water service of any kind, but we're just not getting the calls," for temporary service, Sacher said.

The numbers on Friday:

-- 1,187 properties are affected by frozen waterlines, an increase of 51 from Thursday to Friday.

-- 698 properties where full service has been restored, an increase of 21 from Thursday to Friday.

-- 1,119 properties on the waiting list to be thawed, an increase of 30 from Thursday to Friday.

-- 312 city-installed temporary hose lines, an increase of 36 from Thursday to Friday.

-- 807 properties without a water supply of any kind, a decrease of six from Thursday to Friday.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 15, 2014 A8

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