As the weather fluctuates above and below zero, the chances of water main breaks are greater, for both old and new pipes.
Director of Water & Waste Stream, Russ Munro, says ground shifting from frost can make any pipe crack and leak water. A major road that was affected recently was November 7th, with a water main break along 25th Street, which closed the entire road for 2 days for repairs. Then, City and contractor crews had 2 weeks of repairs and maintenance caused by that break, which meant full day water outages for 33 properties. Munro says their crews try to coordinate as much of the work as possible to minimize the impact to residents and road users, which includes scheduling work in phases or working longer hours, but in the end the work has to be done. Residents in neighbourhoods adjacent to a water main break or near an area where a break occurred in the last few years are encouraged to prepare for an unexpected outage by having an extra 3.8 litres of water per person or pet to last for 3 days.