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Rates & Charges

For water, wastewater & stormwater services within the service boundary

Rates are effective for Halifax Water services beginning April 1, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

Metered Service

WATER RATE

  • $0.976 per cubic meter

WASTEWATER DISCHARGE RATE

  • $1.753 per cubic meter

WATER & WASTEWATER CHARGES

Water and wastewater monthly charges based on meter size in inches.

Size Water Wastewater
5/8 $13.00 $14.00
3/4 $18.00 $20.00
1 $29.00 $33.00
1.5 $55.00 $64.00
2 $85.00 $103.00
3 $170.00 $206.00
4 $264.00 $321.00
6 $527.00 $641.00
8 $946.00 $1,154.00
10 $1575.00 $1923.00

Stormwater Rate — Effective July 1, 2017

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS

Residential property owners will pay a Site Related Flow Charge based on the tiering of Residential Properties as noted below:

Stormwater Site Related Flow Charge - Tier Rates for Residential Properties

Properties with more impervious area (ie. roofs, asphalt, concrete, and packed gravel) would pay more than those with less impervious area

Old Rate $33.39
New Annual Charge $0.00
Customers Affected 2,326
Old Rate $33.39
New Annual Charge $14.00
Customers Affected 44,710
Old Rate $33.39
New Annual Charge $27.00
Customers Affected 31,041
Old Rate $33.39
New Annual Charge $54.00
Customers Affected 7,768
Old Rate $33.39
New Annual Charge $81.00
Customers Affected 2,123

The Site Related Flow Charge is based on the stormwater that flows from each private property into the Halifax Water stormwater system. This charge is calculated based on the stormwater rate times the impervious area on the property.

NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS

  • $0.135 per square metre of impervious area

Non-residential properties are charged a different Site Related Flow Charged based on the fact that there is more variation in their impact on the stormwater system depending on their size, characteristics, and property use. This means it is important to measure these properties individually, and also provide a credit system or adjustment mechanism to refine how non-residential properties are charged.

CULVERT CHARGE

Properties with a culvert that are not billed the site generated charge will receive a culvert charge of $14 annually.

UNDERSTANDING STORMWATER

Stormwater is difficult to understand so we have provided some additional information on stormwater flows, billing appeals & exemptions and FAQs to try and help make it easier.

Non-Metered Service

WATER & WASTEWATER RATE

  • $192 on a quarterly basis for residential Halifax Water customers only

WASTEWATER ONLY RATE

  • $114 on a quarterly basis for residential Halifax Water customers only

Other Rates & Charges

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHARGE (RDC)

This charge applies to any new building or expansion of an existing building that connects to Halifax Water’s central water and/or wastewater system. This charge also applies to an un-serviced lot of land, occupied by a building, existed prior to July 14, 2014, when the building is connected to the water and/or wastewater system.

As of April 1, 2015, regional development charges are:

Water RDC $182.88 per unit
Wastewater RDC $4,080.80 per unit
Water RDC $122.83 per unit
Wastewater RDC $2,740.84 per unit
Water RDC $0.09 per square foot
Wastewater RDC $2.24 per square foot

INTEREST CHARGES

  • 1.5% per month (19.56% per annum)

 

Halifax Water submitted an application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) on November 22, 2019, to update the RDC, to learn more about this update application, click the button below.

Learn More About RDC

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Fire Protection Systems

Annual fees:

Domestic accounts with 50mm service pipe: $68.00

Building serviced by a primary pipe:

  • 100mm: $269.00
  • 150mm: $373.00
  • 200 - 300mm: $478.00

Building serviced by a fire line: $373.00

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DISCONNECTION OR RECONNECTION OF WATER SERVICE

During regular business hours:

  • $55.00

Outside of regular business hours:

  • $210.00
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NEW WATER, WASTEWATER OR STORMWATER ACCOUNT

Setup fee for all new accounts:

  • $25.00
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BULK FILL STATION RATES

To access bulk water you must have a pre-paid  account with Halifax Water.

Bulk water rates are:

  • $2.24 per m3

*plus an annual permit fee

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DISHONORED PAYMENTS (NSF)

Halifax Water's Non Sufficient Funds charge:

  • $25.00
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THEFT OF SERVICE

Halifax Water may charge penalties in addition to applicable water charges for each illegal water connection as follows:

  • 1st offence: $300.00
  • 2nd offence: $750.00
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CUSTOMER (FLOW) MONITORING SERVICE

This monitoring service is available for Halifax Water customers who are large water users and have private distribution systems. It is meant to monitor the metered flow and report abnormal water usage to the customer:

  • $120.00 per month, per meter
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COPY OF CUSTOMER BILL

Bills issued outside the regular billing cycle:

  • $12.00 per copy .

*HST will be added where applicable