Busy winter for public works

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We may have had a break from significant snowfall this winter, but public works crews have still been keeping busy.

Since November, there’s been over 50 water main breaks in the city, 20 of them in the last week or so.

Director of Engineering David Jackson said the more water main breaks they experience, the bigger the impact on their operating budget.

“This is certainly a busier week than we would typically see,” said Jackson. “They do break at all hours of the day and so when we do get these breaks, it does lead to overtime as our crews will be out there in the middle of the night making sure that people get their water back as quickly as possible”

Jackson said on average, there’s about 100 water main breaks a year in the city, the majority of them during the winter months.

Damage to the roads and curbs due to the water main breaks and repairs will be restored in the spring.