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Water pipes keep freezing in endless winter

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While the winter just won't end, neither will the onslaught of frozen water pipes on Winnipeg properties.

New statistics released by the City of Winnipeg on Monday showed there were 23 new reports of frozen water pipes since Saturday.

The total is 2,282 reports of frozen pipes this winter since last November.

More people are waiting for help from the city's thawing machines as 1,349 properties, up nine from Saturday, are still waiting for help to thaw pipes.

There are 610 properties with no water at all due to frozen pipes, down slightly from the 627 reported Saturday.

The new statistics showed 933 properties have had water restored and 739 have city-installed temporary hose lines.

There are 7,248 properties identified as at an increased risk of having their water pipes freeze and an interruption in water service.

In addition to water-main breaks and dramatic potholes, Winnipeg's relentless winter has caused hundreds of water-supply lines to freeze, especially in neighbourhoods such as River Heights, where the frost has penetrated deeper than it ever has.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2014 B1

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