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 separate 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 31st, 2016 Halifax Water filed an application with the NSUARB to adjust the rates, rules and regulations regarding stormwater. These changes have been approved and will take effect July 1st, 2017.
**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 Accepted 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 .
You can appeal your Halifax Water stormwater bill if you feel you do not receive stormwater service from Halifax Water, or that you have otherwise been improperly billed.
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”.
You must file a Notice of Objection with Halifax Water outlining why you believe no stormwater is discharged from your property into the Halifax Water stormwater system. This may be done by contacting Halifax Water:
Halifax Water Complaints Department
PO Box 8388, RPO CSC
If you wish to appeal Halifax Water’s written reply to your Notice of Objection , a complaint may be made to the Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO).
The Dispute Resolution Officer is an independent officer (not an employee of Halifax Water or the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board) who manages regulation based on customer issues.
Appeals must include:
Appeals to the Dispute Resolution Officer can be submitted via:
P.O. Box 51030
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.