Preventing water pipes from freezing during extremely cold weather

News Release

December 29, 2017

Preventing water pipes from freezing during extremely cold weather

With extreme cold temperatures forecast to continue over the long weekend, the City of Toronto is reminding residents how to prevent drinking-water pipes in their home from freezing. There are also steps that residents can take if they have no water and suspect their pipes are already frozen.

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Water Source Update – Frozen Pipes Public Education Campaign

Toronto Water launches “Frozen Pipes Public Education Campaign”

Issue date: December 21, 2017

Toronto Water is gearing up for another winter season by conducting a public education campaign to remind homeowners to take the steps to help prevent the pipes in their homes from freezing. This includes transit shelter, community newspaper and online ads to be featured in December. Beginning in November, the City will also be using traditional and social media, utility bill brochures and different City publications to increase awareness of frozen pipe prevention tips.

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Water Source Update – Not Down The Drain

Toronto Water launches “Not Down the Drain”

Issue date: October 5, 2017

Every day many items are flushed down toilets or poured down drains that should not be. These items, such as fat, oil, grease, wipes and dental floss, can cause:
• Damage or blockages to home plumbing, which could lead to basement flooding
• Damage or blockages to the City's sewer pipes located under the streets, which could lead to basement flooding
• Damage to pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants
• Harm to the environment and aquatic habitat in the Lake, local streams and rivers

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Water Source Update – Not Down The Drain

Toronto Water launches “Not Down the Drain”

Issue date: October 5, 2017

Every day many items are flushed down toilets or poured down drains that should not be. These items, such as fat, oil, grease, wipes and dental floss, can cause:
• Damage or blockages to home plumbing, which could lead to basement flooding
• Damage or blockages to the City's sewer pipes located under the streets, which could lead to basement flooding
• Damage to pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants
• Harm to the environment and aquatic habitat in the Lake, local streams and rivers

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