Frozen water lines still a problem in Bryson

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Allyson Beauregard

BRYSON – After an exceptionally cold winter, some residents in the municipality of Bryson are still without water due to frozen water pipes. “We still have a few houses where the pipes haven’t thawed yet. It takes a while before the frost leaves. Usually it’s about May before you can

Allyson Beauregard

BRYSON – After an exceptionally cold winter, some residents in the municipality of Bryson are still without water due to frozen water pipes. “We still have a few houses where the pipes haven’t thawed yet. It takes a while before the frost leaves. Usually it’s about May before you can
dig four feet, so it takes a little while,” said Alain Gagnon, Mayor. “Like almost every municipality in Quebec, we had more problems than usual this year with freezing pipes because of the really cold winter,” he continued.
According to Gagnon, seven or eight residences suffered from frozen pipes this winter; it’s a problem which does not occur every year. Gagnon explained that a home’s history of frozen water pipes is considered before any work is done to
prevent the pipes from freezing the next winter. “When you have a house where the pipes have frozen once in 50 years, we’re not going to dig up the whole street and the lawn to fix something that only occurs every 50 years. Now, if we have a house where we know there is a problem with pipes freezing every year, that’s a different story,” he added.  
Gagnon said the municipality will likely be doing work this year on the water lines leading to one residence, which has had a problem with frozen water pipes for the last two winters. “We will dig and see what can be done. In some places you can’t go down (deeper to avoid frost) if there are rocks and stones. Then you have to somehow insulate the pipe,” he concluded. 
Portage-du-Fort also made headlines with their battle with frozen water pipes this past winter.