Severe and uninterrupted cold weather this year has resulted in a significant increase in requests to thaw frozen water pipes. The City has assigned all available crews to respond to this issue and is working 24 hours a day to restore water service to affected properties. Read on for the City of Ottawa's advice on what to do if your pipes are frozen, or if you're concerned they could freeze.
If you prefer looking ahead to warmer weather, you may be interested in learning more about the City of Ottawa Community Environmental Projects Grant Program.
Councillor for Capital Ward
REMINDER: Once your water service pipe has been thawed, continue to leave a steady stream of water running until mid-April since the frost still remains in the ground.
Most water services in Ottawa are buried deep enough to protect them from frost penetration. However, depending on soil conditions and snow cover around properties, frost may penetrate the ground deep enough to freeze some water pipes during extremely cold weather.
If your home or business is a property where this could be a problem, you may have been sent a notice suggesting that you open one cold water tap in your building and leave a steady stream about 0.5 cm or 1/4 inch (the size of a drinking straw) running until mid-April. Responsibility for the cost of running your water is indicated on the notice and depends upon where the service has frozen in the past. For instance:
The majority of calls received for frozen water pipes and water meters are a result of inadequate heating and cold air drafts near pipes inside the home. If this is the case, you may wish to contact a plumbing contractor to thaw the lines.
If your property has experienced persistent problems with frozen water pipes in the past, you may wish to do one or both of the following:
Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action? The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2015 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP).
CEPGP has funding available to community groups and non-profit organizations who want to undertake environmental stewardship projects in the areas of improving stormwater management, enhancing and protecting natural systems, or reducing our environmental impact.
The application deadline is Monday, June 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Successful CEPGP grant recipients must complete their projects within one year of receiving their funds. For details on funding eligibility criteria, the application process, profiles of past projects, and an online application, please visit the City of Ottawa website at ottawa.ca/cepgp.