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Number of Homes Without Water Keeps Growing

March 7, 2014 4:30 PM | News

The number of homes without running water in Winnipeg continues to grow by the day.

As of late Friday, 780 properties had frozen pipes — 60 more than on Thursday.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Randy Hull said the city has identified 1,725 at-risk homes that should run their taps to prevent pipes from freezing. Those homeowners who haven’t been instructed to run their taps at a trickle shouldn’t, as it could cause a sewer backup and put a strain on the city’s system.

Crews are working to thaw pipes, but it’s a slow process with only about 15 pipes being tended to each day due to minimal equipment being available.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service continues to fill and deliver potable water jugs to households affected by the inconvenience. Deliveries will be made based on requests handled through 311.

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