Stormwater management is essential to protecting private and public property, as well as our environment. Stormwater management enables safe transportation of people, goods and services fundamental to the local economy. Since July 2013 Halifax Water has had a seperate stormwater charge as approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB). Previous to this date, stormwater was included in a combined wastewater/stormwater charge initially levied by Halifax Municipality in 1997 and continued by Halifax Water after wastewater and stormwater assets were transferred from the Halifax Municipality.
On October 31, 2016 Halifax Water filed an application with the NSUARB to adjust the rates, rules and regulations regarding stormwater.
**This stormwater boundary map is for the Halifax Water Site Related Flow charge only, it does not address the Halifax Municipality Right of Way charge.
**When entering your address to determine if you are within the Halifax Water stormwater boundary, please be as specific as possible by including:
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Scenario 1: Direct Stormwater Discharge
Scenario 2: Off-Street Stormwater Infrastructure
Scenario 3: Piped Stormwater Systems
Scenario 4: Stormwater Discharge from Low Lying Area
Scenario 5: Stormwater Discharge via Adjacent Property
Scenario 6: Stormwater Discharge via Water Course or Water Body
What are the Proposed Changes in This Rate Application?
You can find a full list of proposed changes to residential and non-residential Stormwater Service in the Rate Application .
If you feel that you do not receive stormwater service from Halifax Water, or that you have otherwise been improperly billed, you can appeal your stormwater bill.
The “appeal” process is provided for in Section 7 of the Halifax Water Rules and Regulations. The language used in the Regulations is “Notice of Objection”. The process if you wish to appeal is as follows:
Step 1: You must file a Notice of Objection with Halifax Water outlining why you believe no stormwater is discharged from your property into Halifax Water’s stormwater system. This may be done by contacting Halifax Water via:
- Email: CustomerService@halifaxwater.ca
- Letter: P.O. Box 8388 RPO CSC, Halifax, NS B3K 5M1
- Facsimile: 902-490-4749
- Telephone: Customer Service at 902-490-4820
- In person: 450 Cowie Hill Road, Halifax, NS
Step 2: If you wish to appeal Halifax Water’s written reply to your Notice of Objection, a complaint may be made to the NSUARB under the Public Utilities Act. Halifax Water’s Rules and Regulations may be found at http://www.halifax.ca/hrwc/_assets/documents/HRWCRegRDCSWConsolidated.pdf
Halifax is a wet city! And when all that rain, snow, slush, sleet, etc is done soaking through your clothes, it all ends up somewhere. PLANifax teams up with the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Halifax Diverse, and Halifax Water to dive into the issue of stormwater management.