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Has ice ever blocked the fresh water intake for the city utilities? Has it ever been a problem that had to be dealt with any time in history?

Roger Coffey, the city's utilities director, said: "Rivers pose problems to water supply intakes when ice begins to form, (and) water flow to the intakes may become reduced or completely blocked as a result of icing in the river."

Coffey said he recalled that in early 1979 water supply to the intakes was reduced to a point where the city was losing pressure in some parts of its distribution system and storage was being lost in the water towers.

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