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Letter to the Editor

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Dear Editor, Seniors will remember the Honey Wagon and water being delivered in pails in Flin Flon for many years. Lloyd Bunting was Municipal Engineer when an attempt was made to improve sanitary services. Sewer and water lines were finally installed in the Main Street area of Plan 591. Because of the terrain, the main concern was to protect the water lines from freezing. A unique circulating water system was installed along with insulated sewer boxes for water and sewer lines. It worked. The sewer boxes did double duty as they also became sidewalks. Showers were put in the Community Hall for the use of members. All girls and women were considered Honourary Club members and had free use of the showers. Many years later when Venables was Town Engineer, it was decided to extend the sewer and water lines to the subdivisions using the circulating water system. So two circulating water lines went into each dwelling. Sewer and water lines were put in insulated boxes. The pump man at Cliff Lake continued to keep a record of water temperatures. The heating plants heated the water during the winter months as it circulated throughout the system. Each fall and spring, a utility worker checked the circulating lines in each dwelling. Some of the names of utility workers before, during and after the expansion were Ernie Ransom, Doran, Trembley, Atkinson and Oscar Christopherson. Cold temperatures and lack of snow have been given as reasons for the numerous water line freeze-ups last winter. From February 5, 2003, to May 8, 2003, I received my water supply through an uncovered 50-foot hose across my lawn from my neighbour. The hose did not freeze up. So lack of snow is no excuse. Is there a problem that some water lines are no longer circulating? Has there been some confusion in Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures? Has someone decided to economize on fuel at the heating plants? With our unique circulating water system, Flin Flon should never have a frozen water line. Regardless of the weather, the City is in control of the water temperatures in the water lines. -P. Hume9/24/2003