Winnipeg has had this water problem off and on for close to a decade now if memory serves me correct.
No doubt it's rusty rotting city pipes loaded with bacteria, sludge, and gawd knows what else. I wouldn't jump to the idea that Sam Katz has worked
up some conspiracy scheme, but who knows these days. You just can't trust anyone.
What you can do though, is shop around for a few companies that sell reverse osmosis systems, they'll come down and test your water for you too. You
might even be able to take a sample of your water over to somewhere like the University of Manitoba to have it tested (for a small fee, maybe).
I was looking at purchasing a small sugar shack outside of the Dauphin area (as a second bugout place) a couple of years back and was recommended by
the real estate agent to contact this one company that worked in the area. The guy spent an hour with me on the phone explaining about the high
sodium problem with the water in that area of the province, how RO systems work, all of the services that they offer, and gave me a ball park price on
what it would cost to run a new pump from the well and a new triple RO system in the house.
All in all the price would run about $5000, but keep in mind that cost was also including a new pump into the house and running a full lab test on the
well water, etc to make sure it was still potable.
If you can afford it, perhaps it's time to seriously consider a triple RO system ? Not just a single system, but a triple one, or even a 5-stage
system. Yearly maintenance will run you about $100 a year for filter changes (every 6 months or so), and that's about it.
I remember when I lived in the city years ago, the water would sometimes come out of the taps brown in the summer and it would be a day or two before
it would run clear again.
I have a suspicion there's an algae problem going on (just like at Grand Beach every year) and the city's too damn cheap to remedy the problem, and
won't admit it.
No doubt they're too busy spending every penny of the city's budget reworking friggin' road repairs all summer long.
As we Winterpeggers always say:
"Winnipeg only has two seasons - winter and construction."