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2,400 frozen waterlines

The number of properties with frozen waterlines topped 2,400 over the weekend, and the number of those on the waiting list for thawing services continues to climb.

The City of Winnipeg's Monday update found there are now 2,406 properties that have reported frozen waterlines, an increase of 47 from Friday.

City hall was able to restore full water service to 38 properties over the weekend, but that left the number of properties on the waiting list for thawing at 1,372 -- an increase of nine since Friday.

The city provided temporary hose connections to 27 properties over the weekend.

With the temporary hookups and those properties already thawed, the number of properties -- 564 -- without water service of any kind continues to decrease.

A city spokeswoman reported there are 177 properties with waterlines that cannot be thawed using traditional methods. The waterlines to those properties will be dug up and exposed, allowing city crews to install ground straps that will allow the lines to be thawed using the electric-current DBH machines.

 

Axworthy's next job

Retiring University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy is joining the board of directors of CUSO International, one of North America's foremost international volunteer organizations.

Axworthy, a former foreign affairs minister, retires as president of the U of W June 30.

He is currently on a mission to Ukraine monitoring election preparations.

For more than 53 years, officials said, CUSO International has worked to reduce poverty and inequality in developing countries around the globe. "Dr. Axworthy's deep experience and his clear commitment to international development and human rights is a great asset to our team," said Derek Evans, CUSO International's chief executive. "His understanding of the challenges and opportunities, and his track record of effective innovation, will strengthen the impact of our work."

As a leading international development organization, CUSO International works to reduce poverty and inequality in 15 countries around the globe. CUSO International mobilizes skilled professionals to volunteer with local partners and communities to improve education, health, economic development, governance and environmental sustainability.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 8, 2014 B4

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