Halifax Water will be replacing a culvert near 31 Ketch Harbour Road in Herring Cove beginning tomorrow (Friday, October 30th).
This work will require stop and go traffic in the work zone beginning Friday, October 30th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Work will resume Monday, November 2nd with stop and go traffic in the work zone from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Beginning Tuesday, November 3rd, 8:00am and continuing until Friday, November 6th, 4:00pm, Ketch Harbour Road will be closed near civic #31 on a 24hour basis. There will be no through traffic. Traffic will be detoured via Village Road and Hebridean Drive. There will be local traffic access only in the work zone. See the attached work zone map for details.
Beginning on October 21, Harbour Construction, on behalf of Halifax Water, will be undertaking work in a portion of Ellenvale Run. This work will include heavy equipment and material storage near 15 & 19 Ellenvale Avenue, requiring a lane drop in that area; see attached map.
Halifax Water will be smoke testing a portion of the wastewater system in the Lower Sackville area. Smoke testing will take place between October 19 and November 6, 2020. This activity is weather dependant.
Residents in this area have received written notice on October 16, 2020 advising when testing will occur and what they can expect to see. This smoke is non-toxic, white to gray in colour, creates no fire hazard and should not enter any building unless there are plumbing defects.
Smoke testing is planned to take place on the following streets:
(Thursday, July 16, 2020) Due to recent hot, dry weather, a blue-green algae bloom has been detected in the Lake Major Water Supply. At this time, no toxins have been detected and the water in Lake Major and all other Halifax Water sources remains safe to drink.
Halifax Water continues to work with Nova Scotia Environment and Public Health to monitor water quality at Lake Major. The health and safety of customers remains the top priority. Any change in water quality will be communicated to customers.
There are many different species of blue-green algae. Some species of blue-green algae have the potential to cause taste and odour in drinking water. At times, some species can also produce toxins.
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Members of the Halifax Water Board, and General Manager Cathie O’Toole are pleased to announce that Colleen Rollings, P.Eng. has been elected Vice Chair of the Halifax Water Board of Commissioners.
The election of Ms. Rollings to Vice Chair, effective October 17 comes as Vice Chair Russell Walker steps down.
Halifax Water Board Chair Craig MacMullin said, “Ms. Rollings brings a wealth of experience to the Board having held senior management roles in the regulated utility industry and is an Engineer in Residence in the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University. Her background and experience will serve residents and the utility well as we navigate unprecedented times.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has many Halifax Water customers concerned about the future and their ability to pay bills. To help support customers in these uncertain times, Halifax Water has recommended to the NSUARB that there be no increase in water rates for fiscal 2020/21 and 2021/22. In addition, the utility is recommending no increase in overall wastewater rates in 2020/21 and an increase to wastewater treatment/usage charges effective April 1, 2021. The application does not include stormwater rates.