Halifax Water establishes standard requirements for constructing and distribution projects.
Regulatory compliance applies to both the public's use of Halifax Water's, wastewater and stormwater systems as well as Halifax Water's operation and maintenance of these systems. This includes contractors, developers and businesses.
Violations of regulatory compliance regulations often result in legal punishment, including federal fines.
Businesses connected to the Halifax Water system may be eligible for a rebate on water not discharged into the sanitary sewer system (i.e. water evaporated from cooling towers or used to make a product). The wastewater rebate is based on the difference between the amount of the water used and the amount of wastewater discharged to the Halifax Water system.
The wastewater rebate, for qualified applicants, must be applied for on an annual basis.
Halifax Water Specifications & Forms
Our mandate provides for ownership, operation and maintenance of municipal water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure within specific boundaries set by Halifax Regional Municipality.
Click Before You Dig
Halifax Water has almost 4,000 kilometres of critical infrastructure buried underground throughout the Halifax region. Damage to this infrastructure, and other underground infrastructure, caused by construction and excavation activities can pose a significant risk to public safety, can disrupt essential services, and can lead to significant repair costs.
New Connections & Renewals
Halifax Water can advise if water, wastewater, and stormwater service is available to your property using your civic address. The process for setting up a new connection to Halifax Water differs slightly between a single unit dwelling/townhouse and a multi-unit, industrial, commercial, or institutional building.
Preventing Water Contamination
A cross connection is a piping arrangement that allows a potable water system to be connected to a source of potential pollution or contamination. It's very important to protect against cross connections in order to prevent backflow into potable water.
The Pollution Prevention Team may request to inspect your business to ensure compliance with the Halifax Water’s Rules and Regulations. Food service establishments such as restaurants and cafeteria’s, including those contained within industrial, commercial or institutional premises as well as vehicle or equipment service stations, repair shops and garages must comply with the Regulations.
Protected Water Areas
Everything we do affects the health of the groundwater, streams, rivers and oceans that make up our source water supplies. When it rains; soil, pet waste, yard waste, pesticides, fertilizers, salt, oil/grease, litter and other pollutants get washed into the storm drains that empty into our lakes and rivers.