NUMBER OF FROZEN PIPES DWINDLING IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
The City of Kenora, plagued by frozen water lines throughout much of this notoriously cold winter, is still struggling to keep up with thawing water pipes. Water and Sewer supervisor Biman Paudel says there are "about 50 houses still with frozen pipes. It's hard to give an exact number because the guys are out there working right now." However, this number is decreasing from the 90 frozen lines in mid-March.
WaterToday has been closely following the situation in northwestern Ontario, and the conditions are improving in many areas. The City of Dryden, located about 140km from Kenora, has just 8-10 frozen water pipes at this time, down from over 50 at one point in March. Waterworks manager Dean Walker says that each of the buildings affected by frozen lines has been "provided overland pipes from a neighbour" which gives access to running water.
Another northwestern area greatly affected by the cold temperatures and long winter is the Town of Fort Frances which has finally surpassed the peak of frozen water lines, having only five or six residences without running water. "There are a couple that we're unable to thaw," says Public Works employee Lori, "but they're hooked up to temporary lines." Fort Frances had 256 frozen water lines throughout the winter. "We're hoping it doesn't pick back up again anytime soon!"