Halifax Water is committed to reducing exposure to lead in drinking water and assisting customers in addressing all sources of lead in their drinking water. Sources of lead include but are not limited to: lead service lines, lead/tin solder, brass, and brass fittings.
The Halifax Water Board has approved a proposal to replace all lead service lines at utility expense. However, Halifax Water will not have the authority to implement such a program until it is approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Halifax Water does not anticipate a decision from the NSUARB before September of 2020. If approval is received, the exact nature of the approved program and the effective date are within the discretion of the NSUARB. Based on past experience, it is unlikely that any approval effective date will be retroactive.
The enhanced program is designed to be executed over a twenty-year period. Scheduling of lead service line replacements over the life of the program will be determined in a manner that both addresses public health to the highest degree possible while maximizing Halifax Water's ability to replace as many lead service lines as possible in a given season. For these reasons, Halifax Water has proposed to proceed on a street by street basis in coordination with HRM's paving program, and other capital programs.