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Warmer weather no help to H2O lines

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The milder weather is having little impact on Winnipeg's frozen water lines.

Another 24 properties reported frozen waterlines Thursday, bringing the total since November to 2,344.

The city was able to restore full water service to an additional 16 properties between Wednesday and Thursday.

That resulted in the number of properties on the waiting list to be thawed increasing to 1,364, up from 1,356 reported Wednesday.

The situation is reflecting the scenario city officials predicted in February: Even with warmer weather, the ground remains frozen and properties will be at risk of frozen water lines until late May or early June.

City hall also advised property owners running a cold-water tap not to be concerned about the quarterly water bill.

The city says property owner who have been instructed to run their taps to avoid a waterline freeze should pay the same amount they did on their last quarterly bill.

The city has advised almost 9,000 property owners -- those who have had water service restored or those considered in an at-risk area -- to run a cold water tap 24/7 to avoid freezing lines, without any additional costs on their water bill.

Accounts will be adjusted once the threat of frozen lines has passed.

The numbers:

  • Number of frozen waterline reports since November -- 2,344, an increase of 22 from Wednesday-Thursday.
  •  Number of properties where full water service has been restored -- 980, an increase of 16 from Wednesday-Thursday.
  • Number of properties on the list for thawing -- 1,364, an increase of eight from Wednesday.
  •  Number of properties with city-installed temporary hose service -- 769, an increase of seven since Wednesday.
  •  Number of properties without either full or temporary water service -- 595, an increase of one since Wednesday.
  •  Number of properties at risk of freezing water lines -- 7,256.


City wants public input on cycling strategies

City hall is looking for public input on its proposed walking and cycling strategies.

The draft strategies will be unveiled at a series of open houses later this month, where the community is asked to comment on how city hall plans to shape the community's resources for walking and cycling.

The first open house is Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, at The Forks.

Two additional open houses will be held Tuesday, April 15, 3-9 p.m., at the Sinclair Park Community Centre, 490 Sinclair St., and at the Manitoba Hydro Place Atrium, 360 Portage Ave.

The proposed strategies were developed over the past few months. The drafts were refined through a city-wide telephone survey of over 2,200 residents, and with the help of a targeted stakeholder workshop.

City hall says cycling has increased by 40 per cent across Winnipeg, and it is the fastest-growing transportation choice in the city.

Winnipeg's cycling network has more than doubled between 2006 and 2012, from 175 kilometres to 392 kilometres.

Since 2009, $80 million has been invested in pedestrian and cycling facilities in the community.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2014 B5

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