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Cold weather not affecting water mains

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As cold as it’s been this winter, that’s not being blamed for water main breaks in Timmins.

The city’s director of public works, Ken Krcel says there hasn’t been a high number of breaks, and only two are blamed on frost putting pressure on pipes.

Most of the incidents can be attributed to old service connections.

“That’s where your water line from the main goes into your house,” Krcel explains. “So a little bit of old infrastructure that’s starting to fail.”

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About 20 frozen line complaints have been called in this winter. Krcel says one of several methods is used to thaw them out. Repeat customers are asked every fall to keep their water running all winter, to prevent freezing.

“If people keep their water running if they’ve been told to and if they have any issues with their water, we ask that they contact Service Timmins and we’ll have someone from our distribution group contact them and look into their issue.”

 

 

 

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