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City doubles number of daily temporary water hookups

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This article was published 14/3/2014 (2267 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Another 51 properties found themselves without water service today.

City hall has updated its frozen pipes numbers and the good news is the city has been able to provide a large number of properties with temporary hook-up.

In this file photo, a city worker thaws frozen pipes, which have plagued hundreds of Winnipeggers this winter.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / FREE PRESS FILES

In this file photo, a city worker thaws frozen pipes, which have plagued hundreds of Winnipeggers this winter.

Diane Sacher, director of water and waste, said the number of properties affected every day appears to be leveling off, adding she hopes that pattern continues.

"It’s early and we have a cold-weather weekend coming up but I’m cautiously optimistic," Sacher said. "We’re monitoring the numbers."

There are more properties with frozen water lines every day but this week, the number has been smaller than the day before:

  • Monday-Tuesday saw an increase of 90 affected properties;
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, the number was down to 60;
  • Wednesday-Thursday, it was 50.
  • And, from Thursday to today, it was 51.

Sacher said she believes the advisories given to properties in the at-risk areas – to leave a cold water tap running day long – is slowing down the increase in the number of impacted properties.

Advisories have been given to more 5,400 properties across the city.

The total number of properties affected this winter has now reached 1,817, up from 1,766 reported on Thursday.

Full service was restored to 21 more properties.

The number of properties on the waiting list to be thawed is at 1,119, up from 1,089 reported on Thursday.

The city was able to provide temporary water service to 36 properties – more than double the number that it had been doing on a daily basis this past week.

Sacher said city crews can do more temporary hose hook-ups but they haven’t been getting the calls.

"There are 807 properties without water service of any kind but we’re just not getting the calls," for temporary service, Sacher said. "Last weekend, we were doing 60 a day. If we get the calls, we can ramp up. We’re even booking evening appointments."

The good news is tempered with the realization that city hall expects water lines will continue to freeze until May or even June – caused by the deep penetration of the frost into the ground.

Even though the weather is warming up, it’s going to take a lot longer time for the soil to reach above-freezing temperatures.

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Updated on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM CDT: Writethru

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