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Saskatoon sees decrease in water main breaks despite busy 2017

Saskatoon sees decrease in water main breaks despite busy 2017
From Global News - December 7, 2017

The City of Saskatoon says ongoing repairs to water mains are working, despite seeing over 250 breaks to date in 2017.

Yearly, the city invests $14 million for water main replacement, which equates to roughly 7 kilometers of pipe.

We focus on the cast-iron water mains because they lead to other modes of failures,Russ Munro, the citys director of water & waste stream, said. When we do that work, were also upping the capacity of the water mains.

The city says breaks are most often caused by ground-shifting, freezing, and corrosion. Drastic changes in water pressure in the line have also caused breaks this year, including the break on 25th Street in November. 25th Street was closed for two days due to the break, causing two weeks of repairs and maintenance. 33 properties were affected by full-day water outages in the area so crews could fix and replace valves at six separate locations.

Our objective is to have water pressure restored within 48 hours, Munro said. Where there is no service, our level of service is to get a water trailer on site within 8 hours of the disruption.

According to city stats, there were roughly 495 water main breaks in 1979 and around 470 in 1988; the citys distribution system has grown significantly since then.

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