Water Shortages in Southwest Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality
Government of Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office
Government is helping residents affected by the water shortage in southwestern Nova Scotia.
The Emergency Management Office has been working with municipalities for several weeks to make sure residents with dry wells have access to drinking water.
Please visit www.novascotia.ca/watershortage for information on:
Help in your area
Provincial parks that are available for public use (showers and potable water access) from Sunday-Thursday 10am-8pm free of charge
Well and drinking water safety
Help for farmers
Providing Safe Water During Water Shortages
During this current water shortage, everyone should do his/her part to conserve water and ensure their drinking water and water in general is safe.
For information on safe water container refilling, safe sources, and proper handling techniques, please see:
Information For Residents Who Are Experiencing Dry Wells and Very Limited Supplies of Water
Halifax Regional Municipality Emergency Management Office
Some areas of the Halifax region have been impacted by significantly low water levels. This appears to be particularly acute in the communities of Eastern Shore and Tantallon.
Please visit www.halifax.ca/emo/WaterShortage.php for up to date information on:
Compiling list of those with water issues
Please note drinking water only is available for pick-up at Chezzetcook Fire Station #23 (5543 Highway #7, Chezzetcook) and Upper Tantallon Fire Station #65 (17 Scholars Road, Upper Tantallon) on Thursdays 6pm-9pm and Sundays 2pm-5pm. Residents are asked to call 3-1-1 and register their address as requiring drinking water in advance of proceeding to the fire station to ensure adequate supplies are maintained on-site. Water will be distributed using the Red Cross guideline of at least 2L per person per day. Residents must not park in front of the Fire Station vehicle bay doors.
Residents on wells who are experiencing water shortage issues are strongly encouraged to call 3-1-1 so the municipality can better assess the status of affected areas and provide assistance as needed.
Lunenburg County Regional Emergency Management Organization
Lunenburg County Regional Emergency Management Coordinator
They are tracking water shortages through an online survey, which may be accessed here: https://webfiche.district.chester.ns.ca/Forms/DryWell
Please visit their Twitter page for up to date information on:
Water fill stations
Town of Bridgewater, Town of Lunenburg, and Town of Mahone Bay do not have, and do not anticipate, any water shortages despite long range weather forecasts.
Within the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) and the Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) a number of homeowners, particular those on dug well systems are experiencing a lack of water supply.
You may also visit the following websites for further information:
General Inquiries phone numbers for:
Municipality of Chester: 902-275-3554
Municipality of Lunenburg: 902-543-8181
Town of Bridgewater: 902-543-4651
Town of Lunenburg: 902-634-4410
Town of Mahone Bay: 902-624-8327
Municipality of Barrington
Chief Administrative Officer: Rob Frost
Please visit their website for up to date information on:
Delivery of water to be used for flushing toilets or possibly washing clothes
Water fill stations for water to be used for flushing toilets or possibly washing clothes
If your well is dry please let the Municipal office know by calling 902-637-2015 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can get a very clear picture of how many are affected by this exceptionally dry summer, and what further actions may need to be taken.
Shelburne County East Emergency Management Organization (Town of Shelburne and Municipality of Shelburne)
Municipality of Shelburne Municipal Office
Town of Shelburne Town Hall
Please visit the Shelburne County East Emergency Management Organization's Facebook page for up to date information on:
Water fill stations
An online survey for residents with water issues has been launched. You can fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5X9SMJB
Argyle Emergency Management Organization (Municipality of Argyle)
Please visit their website or Facebook page for up to date information on:
Water fill stations
A survey to receive feedback on the current water issues being faced by Argyle residents has been launched. Over 440 responses have already been received and the information will be used to determine future assistance. The municipality recommends everyone to take the survey and they appreciate the feedback received so far. To take the survey please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/argyle_water_fb or call 902-648-2314.
Municipality of Yarmouth
Please visit their Facebook page for information on:
Filling jugs or tanks
If seniors or disabled persons are low on water and need assistance with water delivery, please contact the Senior Safety Coordinator, Doris Landry at 902-881-7107 or the Municipal Office at 902-742-7159.
General Storm and Emergency Information:
For up-to-date storm information, you can visit the CBC storm centre at:
Please dial 211 to find information on non-profit, community or government programs, including food and shelter. We are available 24/7.
In the event of an emergency in Nova Scotia, please dial 911.
For professional health advice in Nova Scotia, please dial 811.
For road conditions in Nova Scotia, please dial 511.
For HRM municipal services (buses, garbage, etc.), please dial 311. (Halifax Regional Municipality only)
For information on preparing for an emergency, you can visit:
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) website at http://novascotia.ca/dma/EMO/
Canadian Red Cross (Nova Scotia) website at http://www.redcross.ca/where-we-work/in-canada/nova-scotia
Public Safety Canada website at http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx
For power outages please visit Nova Scotia Power at https://www.nspower.ca/en/home/outage-centre/default.aspx
The Disabled Persons Commission has a booklet called Are You Ready? which can be found at www.disability.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/Are%220You%20Ready%web.pdf
For information on preparing for a flood, you can visit:
Public Safety Canada website at http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/flds-en.aspx
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) website at http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/floods.asp
To find up-to-date emergency or storm information on Twitter:
@NSEMO, @canredcrossns, @nspowerinc (or search "NS Power Outages: and choose the Twitter handle that represents your area of NS), @RCMPNS @cbcstorm