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Russell Lake PS & Wastewater Pipe Upgrades

This work will begin in February 2021 and continue to Spring 2022

Halifax Water is working with contractors to complete wastewater system upgrades along portions of the Portland Lakes Trail and near Portland Estates and Russell Lake West.

Project Information

This project has two major components:

  • Upgrade parts of the wastewater forcemains (pipes) that carry wastewater from the Russell Lake Pump Station and the Morris Lake Pump Station to be treated at the Dartmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Upgrade the Russell Lake Pump Station

Nova Scotia Environment has reviewed and approved the portions of this work that will take place in or near watercourses/wetland.

Project Timeline
Russell Lake Morriss Lake - Project Timeline

This timeline is subject to change.

Trail Impacts

During construction, we expect to keep the trail open at all times and/or provide pedestrian detours to provide safe passage around the construction activities.  

Please use caution while walking near construction zones and stay back at least 2 metres from contractor staff for physical distancing.

Traffic Impacts

The majority of this work will take place off-road, there will be limited traffic impacts resulting from this work. Halifax Water will release PSAs for any anticipated traffic impacts resulting from this work.

Construction & Contractor Work During COVID-19

During this project, from time to time, you will see workers within 2 metres of each other while they work to maintain the critical water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure serving your home.  Halifax Water is still mindful of the recommendations to maintain a 2 metre distance between employees and contractors, and every effort will be made to achieve this. However, some tasks cannot be completed safely otherwise.  As an essential service, in these instances, Halifax Water and its contractors have been exempt from the 2 metre social/physical distancing rules. Halifax Water and its contractors will use additional PPE to protect themselves when undertaking these activities.  

We ask that residents please ensure they give construction crews at least 2 metres of distancing as well.

Osprey Nest Information

Due to upcoming construction in the area, Nova Scotia Power has safely relocated the osprey nest at this location to a nearby site. The birds have returned and found their relocated home.

This old nest site was also home to the Osprey Cam – giving viewers worldwide a bird’s eye view of a nesting osprey family in Nova Scotia. The webcam will be set up in a new location in 2021.

Please visit for the latest updates.

Jeff White (PS Upgrades)
Project Manager, W Eric Whebby Ltd.
Greg Rice, P.Eng. (PS Upgrades)
Project Manager, Halifax Water
Rick Northrup, G.S.C. (Forcemain Upgrades)
Project Manager, Dexter Construction
Renee Roberge (Forcemain Upgrades)
Project Manager, Halifax Water