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.
Request a Water Station for a Community Event
Halifax Water offers water stations that can supply tap water to select public events between May 1 and September 30 each year. Water stations are set up by Halifax Water staff at approved locations in HRM. These portable tap water stations are designed to promote tap water usage as an alternative to bottled water consumption.
Procurement & Tender Opportunities
Halifax Water procurement and tender opportunities (Tenders, RFQs, and RFPs) can be accessed through the Nova Scotia Tender Notices. Effective October 31, 2022, Halifax Water will be transitioning to the Bonfire e-bidding procurement web portal.
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.
Source Water Protection
Protecting source water is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to ensure public health protection while maintaining our water resources for us and our environment.
Halifax Water requires all persons to have appropriate permission prior to using any Halifax Water infrastructure. For the average person this means having an account with Halifax Water and paying your regular bill. For construction sites and other non-permanent discharges this means obtaining a Discharge Approval from Halifax Water.