It’s all hands on deck for the city of Regina as they deal with a near record amount of water main breaks across the city.
Pat Wilson, Director of Water Works says much like the SaskPower situation, most of the breaks are from dry ground shifting.
“It’s exactly the same situation, so the ground shifts and what we are seeing is main breaks, but we also may see service connection breaks,” Wilson said.
Wilson says the service connection is between the home and the main on the street.
She said right now they are averaging seven breaks per-day and currently have 55 active breaks as of Wednesday morning either receiving repair or waiting repair.
Normally there are around five or six this time of year.
Breaks are also prioritized by severity with the ones affecting customers the greatest being attended to first.
Budget wise, Wilson says because of the low number of breaks earlier in the year they are still below the allocated amount set aside for water, however if the current trend continues the city says historical records will be broken.
Residents can call 777-7000 to report a suspected water main or service connection break.