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Shop has water again, but through a hose

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Owner Constance Menzies says her chocolate shop had to drill holes through walls to finally get water from a hose.

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Owner Constance Menzies says her chocolate shop had to drill holes through walls to finally get water from a hose. Photo Store

Provencher Boulevard chocolate shop Chocolatier Constance Popp has water -- even if it's only from a hose.

Owner Constance Menzies said a temporary hose line was connected to an adjoining business early Thursday afternoon. "We're now operating at 100 per cent capacity," she said.

Menzies' shop lost its water supply almost two weeks ago, when its waterlines froze, joining more than 2,200 other property owners who have suffered the same fate this winter.

Attempts to thaw the line earlier this week by contractor Tractus Projects proved unsuccessful. So, Menzies said she got a city-approved hose connection. The connection was complicated, however, as neither the chocolate shop nor the neighbour has outdoor taps. Menzies said it required drilling through walls, but the city signed off on it.

"It's not like full-blast water, but it works," she said. "The city said they couldn't thaw out the lines for another three weeks to a month, so this is the best option."

Meanwhile, city hall said another 13 properties reported frozen waterlines between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total since November to 2,230.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 28, 2014 B5

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