Prince Albert woman endures 3 weeks with no water service
After three weeks of relying on the kindness of neighbours for water supplies, Prince Albert's Rosemary Masuskapoe can once again turn on her own faucets and experience running water.
"I was so happy to see these people come to fix my water, Masuskapoe told CBC News Monday. "I was so happy to see them come and tell me I was going to have water today."
The City of Prince Albert has been working through a long list of repairs to water service linked to deep winter frost.
While Masuskapoe's long wait for water service has come to an end, as many as 40 homes in Prince Albert are still waiting for repairs. Not everyone has been without service for as long as Masuskapoe.
She said never realized how much she relied on water, adding it was the little things she was looking forward to.
"Wash clothes and wash my face," she said with a good-natured laugh. Masuskapoe said neighbours kept her supplied with buckets of water for things like flushing the toilet.
Prince Albert officials said they hope to have all frozen or broken water lines repaired in about three weeks.
Meanwhile, shower facilities at the Kinsmen Water Park have been made available for those still without running water. The facility will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight for the next three weeks.
With files from CBC's Ryan Pilon