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A look at the history of freeze protected water systems in the Canadian Arctic

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Metal access vaults
Metal access vaults, which replaced concrete manholes, provided better separation between servicing systems, easier installation, and could be tested in the south before being shipped north.

By Ken Johnson

The use of piped water distribution systems in the Canadian Arctic is a century old practice that began with an installation in Dawson City, Yukon, in 1905. This system was very rudimentary, but the fundamental practices of freeze protection by heating the water and bleeding the system were applied.

Read the full article in ES&E Magazine’s August/September 2020 issue:

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