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Halifax Water Stormwater Service Expansion

This page was last updated on December 1, 2021

This stormwater service expansion is the result of a road transfer from the Province of Nova Scotia to Halifax Regional Municipality.

On July 16, 2021, Halifax Regional Municipality staff submitted a proposal to Halifax Regional Council (Council) to approve a road transfer from the Province of Nova Scotia. This is in accordance with a Road Transfer Agreement (titled HRM-01) between HRM and the Province, which was signed in 1996.

On July 20, Council voted on these road transfers. Council voted to formally request that Halifax Water take responsibility for stormwater services in the expanded area set by HRM.

The transfer areas are illustrated on page 71 (Area 1) and page 79 (Area 4) of the HRM staff report.

  • Area 1 includes parts of Boutiliers Point, Ingramport, Head of St Margarets Bay, Lewis Lake, Hubley and Upper Tantallon.
  • Area 4 includes parts of East Preston, Lake Echo, Mineville, and Lawrencetown.

In order to accept responsibility for these areas, Halifax Water is required to seek approval from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB). This regulatory application was submitted on October 13, 2021 and is under NSUARB matter No. M10295. View documents related to this matter here.

Pending NSUARB approval of the transfer, Halifax Water will begin providing stormwater service in the expanded areas on June 1, 2022.

To learn more about Halifax Water’s Stormwater Services, click here.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Public Information Sessions

Halifax Water is hosting Public Information Sessions about the pending stormwater service expansion in your local area. These sessions are part of our ongoing commitment to engage the local community and to provide residents and property owners in Boutiliers Point, Ingramport, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Lewis Lake, Hubley and Upper Tantallon, East Preston, Lake Echo, Mineville, and the western areas of Lawrencetown with the most up-to-date information.

Public Information Session Format

We encourage all residents and property owners interested in learning about stormwater management and the pending stormwater service expansion to attend one of these events. During the sessions, there will be a number of information boards and maps along with representatives from Halifax Water to answer your questions. There is no formal presentation - attendees are welcome to drop-in at any point during these sessions.

COVID-19 health measures require that all attendees provide proof of vaccination and a government issued ID for entry. All attendees must wear masks and socially distance during these public information sessions.

 

Date Time Location Address
Tues., Nov. 30 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tantallon Library 3646 Hammonds Plains Rd., Upper Tantallon
Wed., Dec. 1 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM St. Luke's United Church 5374 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Upper Tantallon
Thurs., Dec. 2 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Estabrooks Community Hall 4408 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Lewis Lake
Mon., Dec. 6 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Masonic Lodge 6384 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Head of St. Margaret’s
Tues., Dec. 7 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Lawrencetown Community Centre 3657 Hwy 207, Lawrencetown
Wed., Dec. 8 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Lake Echo Fellowship Baptist Church 17 Peter Court, Mineville
Thurs., Dec. 9 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Lake Echo Community Centre 3168 Hwy 7, Lake Echo
Fri., Dec. 10 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM East Preston Rec Centre 24 Brooks Drive, East Preston

 

Stormwater Service Expansion Timeline

Find out what is happening and when below:

Halifax Regional Municipality staff submitted a proposal to Halifax Regional Council (Council) to approve a road transfer from the Province of Nova Scotia. This is in accordance with a Road Transfer Agreement (titled HRM-01) between HRM and the Province, which was signed in 1996.

Council voted on these road transfers. Council voted to formally request that Halifax Water take responsibility for stormwater services in the expanded area set by HRM.

Halifax Water staff visited the proposed areas of expanded stormwater service for preliminary assessments of the stormwater management infrastructure. Further assessment work in these areas will continue on an ongoing basis.

Halifax Water submitted a regulatory application to the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board (NSUARB) to accept responsibility for stormwater management in these areas.

Halifax Water communicated to the residents in the expansion area about upcoming changes to stormwater management in their communities.

Halifax Water will conduct a comprehensive assessment of stormwater flows and infrastructure in these new areas.

Letters of Comment to the NSUARB from anyone wishing to make comments must be filed with the NSUARB by this date. More information is available at
halifaxwater.ca/regulatory-hearings-filings#M10295

The decision from NSUARB is expected in the first few months of 2022.

Subject to NSUARB approval of the transfer, Halifax Water will begin providing stormwater service in the expanded area.

Halifax Water will contact property owners who have properties that receive stormwater service from Halifax Water.

The first stormwater service bills will be delivered to those property owners who have been determined to receive stormwater service from Halifax Water.

Register for Updates or Ask a Question

Residents in either of the two proposed stormwater service expansion areas can sign up for updates, including invitations to public information sessions once they've been scheduled, or submit questions using the form below. Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this webpage.

In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) [PDF], the personal information collected on this form will only be used by Halifax Water staff for purposes relating to the provision of water, wastewater, and/or stormwater services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This infrastructure is being transferred from the provincial government to the Halifax Regional Municipality. As a result, the municipality will now be responsible for maintenance within the Right-of-Way (ROW). Learn more here.

In 2006, the Province of Nova Scotia transferred ownership and maintenance responsibilities of streets within the Urban Core Boundary to HRM. HRM Council directed HRM staff to find a way to properly fund stormwater service to be able to maintain and upgrade the stormwater system properly.

In 2007, at the direction of HRM Council, Halifax Water assumed responsibility for wastewater and stormwater service delivery within the Urban Core Boundary/Stormwater Service Boundary. The Halifax Water Stormwater Service Boundary is set by HRM.

No property is an island. The flow of stormwater through and around our entire community must be managed to protect your property, public/municipal transportation infrastructure and the environment. Whether you have a roadside drain directly in front of your property or not, proper stormwater management includes a network of culverts, ditches, pipes and catchbasins to collect and convey stormwater that flows off impervious areas (hard, water-resistant surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete, roofs, packed gravel driveways, etc.). The stormwater may flow across properties at varying rates and distances to reach the system.

As part of this service, property owners benefit from Halifax Water’s comprehensive stormwater management system. All of this infrastructure is maintained by Halifax Water and includes providing access to replacement culverts, ensuring effective roadside drains, connections to our stormwater drainage networks and retention ponds.

As a result, our customers can have peace of mind knowing that the responsibility for maintenance of the stormwater infrastructure system is with Halifax Water.

The transfer areas are illustrated on page 71 (Area 1) and page 79 (Area 4) of the HRM staff report.

Area 1 includes parts of Boutiliers Point, Ingramport, Head of St Margarets Bay, Lewis Lake, Hubley and Upper Tantallon.

Area 4 includes parts of East Preston, Lake Echo, Mineville, and Lawrencetown.

This web page and the HRM web page will be updated regularly once more information becomes available.

It’s important to note that the details are still being finalized and will continue to develop over the coming months. The most updated information can be found on this HRM web page. This web page will be updated regularly once more information becomes available.

Stormwater charges are illustrated on this page and depend on your impervious area and whether your property drains to the Halifax Water storm system.

Typically, when the province transfers roads to any municipality, residents in the area will have adjustments to the services they receive. For information about property taxes, visit the Halifax Regional Municipality website.

The last transfer was in 2006 – this included the Hammonds Plains area primarily.

We are not sure what the net impact will be to Halifax Water. There will be new costs to provide service, but there will also be new customers and revenues. Once the transfer is complete and the NSUARB approves, we can take responsibility for these areas and better understand the financial impacts. Initially, Halifax Water is proposing to apply the existing stormwater rates while we determine the costs required to provide the services and update the rates if necessary.

Staff will be contacting residents in the affected areas. Extensive community outreach will take place in the impacted areas prior to the anticipated June 1, 2022 transfer.

Ice and snow in roadside drains are a normal occurrence. Halifax Water does not take any action for ice and snow unless a culvert is blocked with ice and the flow is impeded; Halifax Water endeavours to remove any blockage to assist the flow.

The current Halifax Water stormwater charges are available on our website and depend on your impervious area and whether your property drains to the Halifax Water storm system.

Depending on your property, you can expect to pay an annual stormwater Site-Related Flow (SRF) charge that is currently up to $81 annually or up to approximately $0.23 per day.

HRM funds its portion of stormwater expenses for the impervious surfaces in the right-of-way (streets, sidewalks, packed gravel road shoulders, etc.) through a right-of-way (ROW) charge. Halifax Water collects this $40 annual charge on behalf of HRM.

These stormwater charges will come into effect on June 1, 2022, pending the outcome of the Application to the NSUARB this fall.

Pending NSUARB approval, new customers in the expanded service area should receive their first bill in the spring of 2023.

The flow of stormwater through and around our entire community must be managed to protect your property, public transportation infrastructure and the environment.

As part of this service, property owners benefit from Halifax Water’s comprehensive stormwater management system, where it conducts routine inspections of the system within their service boundary. This includes itemizing the infrastructure assets and their condition, performing periodic maintenance of stormwater ditches and culverts etc., to ensure control of stormwater flows through vegetation control and culvert replacement.