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2014-02-11 at 16:13

Winter versus water

A worker observes as equipment digs to access a broken water main on Isabella Street on Tuesday afternoon
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
A worker observes as equipment digs to access a broken water main on Isabella Street on Tuesday afternoon
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

Water main breaks are becoming an almost daily occurrence across Thunder Bay.

Crews with the city’s sewer and water departments have been responding to an average of one to two breaks per day over the past few weeks, with at least two more breaks reported by early Tuesday afternoon.

Gerald Luty, supervisor of sewer and water on the north side of the city, said there has been more activity than usual during the last decade.

“It’s kind of like a typical this year, maybe above average for the last 10 years but it’s getting back to the normal breaks and freezings we experienced 40 years ago,” Luty said.

“We’re running almost 24 hours a day with our crews and we have machines on both sides running constantly,” he said.

The day’s first water main break took place on Memorial Avenue at the Third Avenue intersection and was first reported at 5 a.m.

When crews arrive on scene they use leak detection to find the origins of the problem, as water may appear in a different spot from the break as it will take the path of least resistance to the surface

The crews must also make sure there aren’t any gas or telephone lines where they plan on digging.

Once they find the source of the leak, crews are left with the challenging task of digging through the frozen ground to access the mains and pipes.

Workers at the Memorial Avenue site reported they had progressed through just more than two metres of soil by mid-afternoon.

Traffic lanes were condensed to give the workers room to operate, and southbound traffic was limited to one lane in the normal middle left turn channel.

Three businesses were without water.

The second break occurred on Isabella Street between Grey Street and Ford Street at approximately 10 a.m.

Arriving crews found water beginning to surface and one worker estimated they would be working until around 8 p.m.

That block was without water from the morning through the rest of the day.




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Sinjo says:
Way to blow everything out of proportion everyone...it is winter, these things happen and will continue to have FOREVER...no matter what is done this will happen every once in a while.
2/13/2014 10:50:27 AM
Stephen says:

I'm glad to see that lots of people realize how stupid it would be to spend a fortune building yet another hockey rink in a town already full of them.
As far as the underground plumbing goes- a lot of it is a hundred years old and has not been replaced because we were busy building things like hockey rinks.
2/13/2014 3:07:14 AM
brandon says:
For those events centre proponents, please look at this carefully:
THIS is a need.

Then, when you're sure you've got it, consider the events centre. Is it similar or different to this?

The inability to distinguish between needs and wants appears to be a big issue in this city. Lets deal with needs first, like, say, crumbling old infrastructure deficits.
Yeah, I know. This is a bit of a troll post. Still, it would appear to ring true given the current situation.
2/11/2014 9:20:59 PM
SomeGuy says:
2/11/2014 6:11:05 PM
S Duncan says:
We don't need to fix our water and sewer lines, we need welfare hockey and we need it now!
2/11/2014 5:15:35 PM
fastball says:
Oh god...keep beating that drum, SD.
Stuff like this happens. Water mains occasionally freeze - especially in the coldest winter in a decade or so.
It would be nice, however - once the city crews "fix" something, that it would STAY fixed.
2/11/2014 6:39:20 PM
S Duncan says:
You don't have to get all religious about it, sheessh.

Youre right though, water mains do break, especially in cold long winters. Its what happens when the frost gets pounded down deep enough.

but that doesn't mean that our water and sewer systems are up to snuff.

This type of thing is why I pay taxes. This is infrastructure, bent rusty poles at the marina are NOT infrastructure despite how Commisso tries to pass it off as.

These city workers are earning their pay. They take a problem and make it go away. Thanks very much city workers!

Now people on the city payroll that give out needles for drugs, or wine to alcoholics, or make excuses for other people to justify their own jobs?

You get no thanks from me!

Now, about proposed money wasting welfare dome... see the plebiscite story, theres lots of good comments there.

By the way, can I take credit now for naming it the "Welfare Dome"? Im sure it will catch on.
2/11/2014 10:45:24 PM
fastball says:
"Im sure it will catch on".....yes, I'm sure it will.
Diseases have a tendency to do that.
2/12/2014 7:39:20 AM
mystified says:
The maturity is just oozing out of that comment, sarcasm or not.

2/11/2014 8:08:08 PM
S Duncan says:
Anybody who wants to spend tax dollars for welfare hockey rinks needs to be spoken to with an immature slant to the conversation...

..its the only way they might understand.
2/11/2014 11:13:19 PM
rootbear says:
There goes another budget! If you are following me and I'm all over the road, I am not drunk nor am I texting. I'm just avoiding the potholes, manholes and shotty repair jobs in order to save my suspension! *sigh*
2/11/2014 5:13:39 PM
progress now says:
When people talk about infrastructure renewal, this is what they think about.

Art Galleries? 106 million dollar event centres?

The worst of it, the various visions of the city administration bleed budgets so that real infrastructure is kicked to the curb.

Oh well.
2/11/2014 4:42:12 PM
sky high says:
What you fail to understand is that our council doesn't just think of the present. We don't spend an unlimited amount of money just to fix the present, otherwise there would be no cash in the future. Do you know the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement; relevant to a going concern?
The City of Thunder Bay is a going concern, so we have to look at the present AND future. If we spend every nickel on infrastructure, and ignore the youth and entertainment sector, we'll have a lovely road system in five years but our population will continue to decrease. Just a thought.
2/11/2014 11:30:18 PM
S Duncan says:
the youth and entertainment sector are issues for the private sector and tax dollars are not to be used for them.

you want to entertain the youth? nobody is stopping you except yourself. We live in a great country where you have every opportunity to make as much out of yourself or as little of yourself as you desire.

it is not the job of government to float your boat, it is up to you.

..and your mommy.
2/12/2014 9:09:16 AM
tiredofit says:
Then they shouldn't being the events centre business (city), it's a private sector responsibility. City wants to contribute? Donate the land, give them 5 year tax break.
2/12/2014 1:38:59 PM
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