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He regrets putting off doing dishes and laundry

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Scott Wachal loads his dirty dishes into a container at his Cathedral Avenue home Monday. Wachal's water pipes are frozen and he hasn't had water for two weeks.

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Scott Wachal loads his dirty dishes into a container at his Cathedral Avenue home Monday. Wachal's water pipes are frozen and he hasn't had water for two weeks. Photo Store

It's one thing to be living the bachelor's life for two weeks without water, but it's another when two young children are in the home.

That's what Cathedral Avenue resident Scott Wachal will be facing today when his fiancée returns with two kids, ages three years and 18 months, to find their pipes have been frozen almost from the day they left.

"I had two days to relax and I put off doing dishes and laundry for those first two days," Wachal said on Monday. "I really regret that."

He said his first clue something was wrong was when he turned on his washing machine and nothing happened.

"I thought the washer was broken," he said. "Then I checked the taps and still didn't get anything."

After calling 311, it was confirmed his water pipes were frozen.

"They (city workers) showed up on Friday, Day 11 or 12 with no water, and they said it would be resolved in 24 to 48 hours. They said it looked like they'd have to excavate. I don't know if it's on my property or the city's... and they are saying I'm looking at probably another two weeks without water.

"I'm expecting the worst and hoping for the best."

Allan Bloomfield said his water pipes have been frozen since Feb. 2, and the city told him then it could take up to five days for workers to come and assess the problem.

"I am not actually on the list of people with frozen pipes. Perhaps I am one of the 5,000 at risk."

Lynne Jacques said her parents lost their water in St. Vital on Monday.

"(They) were not warned by letter or personally of the possibility of frozen pipes," she said in an email.

"The neighbours' pipes froze (Sunday) and my parents awoke with no water. Thank goodness they are only five houses away from the fire hall."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 11, 2014 A3

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