Winnipeg residents can now check online to see whether their property is at risk of frozen pipes.
Citizens can search an address on Electronic Citizens’ Information Service (e-CIS) to find out whether that property is currently identified as being at increased risk of the city’s portion of the water pipe freezing.
If an address is on the notification list, e-CIS will display the following:
“This address is currently on the list of properties that have been notified to run their water to prevent the City’s portion of the water pipe from freezing. See for more information.”
If an address is not on the notification list, e-CIS will display the following:
“This address is NOT currently on the list of properties that have been notified to run their water to prevent the City’s portion of the water pipe from freezing. See Frozen Pipes for more information.”
As of today, 6,312 properties have been advised to run a trickle of water as a preventative measure. A total of 1,960 properties have experienced frozen pipes since November 2013, and 1,230 are currently on the waitlist to have pipes thawed.
According to the City of Winnipeg, if property owners do not receive a notice they should not leave their water running “due to operational risks that such an action could have on our water and sewer systems (e.g., sewer backup, basement flooding, sewage treatment plant upset).”
For more information, call 311 or visit http://www.winnipeg.ca/emergWeb/frozenPipes.stm.