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COLD WEATHER BREAKS KENORA'S WATER MAINS
The most recent bout of cold weather has caused extensive damage to water mains in Kenora, Ontario, resulting in approximately 6,200 city water customers being put under a boil water advisory. Turning off water pipes to fix breaks causes excess pressure on other pipes, resulting in additional breaks. The mayor issued a city-wide boil water advisory on Saturday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Deputy Clerk and Communications Lead Heather Kasprick says, "If it ever starts to warm up, it will drive the frost further down into the ground upon warming which we could then encounter more problems - but only time will tell on that." Over 50 customers have had frozen pipes over the last few weeks in Kenora, though all schools and businesses remain open to this point.
Kenora is located in northwestern Ontario, close to the Manitoba border, and 200km east of Winnipeg. The city issued a media release which included their gratitude for residents’ tolerance with the situation. "We thank everyone for their understanding and patience during this extremely challenging time for the City water and sewer department."
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