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SASKATOON – Water main breaks throughout the city have levelled off  but the City of Saskatoon says it’s preparing for the worst this weekend.

A drop in temperatures can cause frost to move deeper into the ground causing pipes to shift, damaging weak points.

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Crews are said to be ready for this weekend but may need to take frequent breaks to warm up with the extreme cold. Additional crews are on standby as are contractors, in case they’re needed.

According to city officials, worst case scenario this weekend would be a repeat of last weekend – with seven breaks in 26 hours.

“It’s been a tough week. It’s been a tough three weeks for us actually, it’s probably been one of the worst three week periods in the last 10 years or so for us when you look at total break counts,” said Trent Schmidt, acting director of public works for the city.

Each water main break costs approximately $11,000 to $12,000 to repair, including restoration. To put that into perspective, more than $900,000 has been spent on water main breaks since Jan. 1.

To report a water main break you can call public works at 975-2476.