Halifax Water crews will be undertaking wastewater system maintenance near 22 Elmdale Crescent in Leiblin Park beginning Tuesday, August 4.
(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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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.