City of Winnipeg crews are looking for the source of the third water main break in less than a month in Osborne Village.
 
Water was curb-high on River Avenue near Osborne Street early Tuesday morning; streets in the area were still icy by late morning.

City officials turned down the water pressure in the area while they searched for the break, which appeared to involve pipes in front of Augustine United Church on River Avenue.

Tremaine Burrows, spokesman for the Osborne Village Business Improvement Zone, wants the city to determine if there are more serious problems with the neighbourhood's infrastructure.

"It really is a concern," he said. "I don't know that there is anything that could be done to avoid it.  We might just have to chalk it up to bad luck. But it's a major concern for the businesses affected."

Two businesses in the neighbourhood — Basil's Restaurant and the Toad in the Hole Pub and Eatery — have had to close in recent weeks due to water main breaks.

The owners of Basil's expected the restaurant to remain closed for weeks while the damage is repaired. The closure put about two dozen employees out of work.

At the Toad, an upstairs area has reopened, but a basement bar remains closed. Owners of the traditional-style pub are working frantically to repair the damage before St. Patrick's Day.

So far, no businesses have had to close due to Tuesday's break, although water was shut off to more than 120 residents of the Villa Cabrini seniors home.