Saskatoon to open leisure centres for people without water

The city is opening the showers at leisure centres for people who lost water because of water main breaks.

More watermain breaks than water trailers

Frozen streets gushing with water have become a more common sight this winter. (CBC)
Crews work Monday to fix a water main break near Brevoort Park school. (CBC)
The city of Saskatoon is offering help to people stranded without water this week.

Officials are planning to open up showers at city leisure centres to people affected by water main breaks. They expect to release more details later today.

"How do we notify people who are affected with a water main break," said Planning and Development director Alan Wallace.

"Which leisure centres are close by, those details will all get worked out in the next day or so."

A record-breaking weekend

Extreme cold weather has seen breaks happening all over the city.

Last week, the city set a new record with seven water mains cracking in 26 hours. That record lasted until this past weekend, when 11 water mains broke in that same time period.

The city recorded 15 breaks between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Typically at this time of year, crews are called to one or two per day.

Saskatoon currently has four emergency drinking water trailers. Officials say more are on order. 

Schools back open

The water main breaks didn't just affect homeowners,

Two elementary schools -- Roland Michener and Brevoort Park -- were closed Monday because they had lost their water.

They're back open today.