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January 14, 2016

City and CentreVenture continue to renew infrastructure and enhance vibrancy in the North East Exchange District

Highlights of next phase include sustainable green streets, integrated art, and historical aspects

Released: 1:42 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is invited to attend an open house to view proposed designs for the next phase of improvements in the North East Exchange District. The City will present concept designs for Lily Street and parts of John Hirsch Place for tentative construction in 2016, and parts of Pacific Avenue for tentative construction in advance of the 2017 Canada Games. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to provide input to project team members.

Highlights of the projects include:

  • Renewing infrastructure.
  • Embracing historical components into the design.
  • Integrating art into the design of the streets.
  • Widening and lining sidewalks with trees and enhanced lighting.
  • Utilizing innovative and sustainable drainage designs.

This proposed work originated from the 2014 North East Exchange District Study, and follows the first successful construction phase in 2014 and 2015. The purpose of these collaborative efforts is to provide public rights-of-way that support this evolving and vibrant area.

Meeting details:

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (drop-in format)
Location: Pantages Playhouse Theatre, 180 Market Avenue

For more information, or if you are unable to attend the event and would like to provide your input, please visit City of Winnipeg – North East Exchange District.

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City recommends residents take measures to protect internal plumbing from freezing

To date, one report of underground frozen water pipe received this season

Released: 2:38 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - With colder temperatures the City is recommending that property owners weatherproof their basements or crawlspaces as unprotected internal plumbing can freeze in winter. Every year, 311 receives reports from properties with no water due to frozen internal plumbing. As of January 13, there have been 41 reports of no water due to frozen internal plumbing.

Internal plumbing refers to any pipes, including fittings, valves and fixtures, which carry water from the point where the private water service pipe enters a building to the taps. Some preventative measures to protect internal plumbing include:

  • Insulate areas of your home containing water pipes, including crawlspaces, garages and attics.
  • Insulate water pipes (both hot and cold) near the exterior walls, especially those facing north.
  • Weather-seal your windows.
  • Check for air leaks around electrical outlets, dryer vents and pipes. Seal these leaks with caulking or insulation to keep cold air away from your pipes.
  • Heat areas of your home containing water pipes so that warm air will prevent them from freezing.
  • Keep the garage door closed if there are water pipes inside.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near outside walls.

Single-family homeowners are responsible for their private water service pipe – from the shut-off valve (usually at the property line) to the taps, including all internal plumbing. For assistance with thawing frozen internal plumbing, property owners must contact a plumber.

City is prepared to respond to underground frozen pipes
To date, one report of underground frozen water pipes has been received this season. During an average winter, the City responds to a small number of reports of underground frozen pipes. The cause is highly variable from property to property and depends on a number of factors such as:

  • soil shrinkage around the foundation, which allows deeper frost penetration
  • the depth of pipe
  • insulation along the length of the pipe
  • new properties where the soil hasn’t fully settled

To address frozen pipes on your property, you can contact the City for thawing services at a cost of $318. The City can usually provide same day thawing service (or within 24 hours, depending on when the no water problem is reported to 311). Property owners can also hire a contractor to thaw pipes on their own property if they wish.

More details on preventative measures are listed at City of Winnipeg - Frozen Water Pipes. A summary report on the impact of cold weather on water pipes is available at City of Winnipeg - Cold weather impact on water pipes. The report will be updated weekly until further notice.

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