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About Halifax Water


A Message from the General Manager


Carl Yates, General Manager, Halifax WaterThey say that history repeats itself.  We hope this is the case for our customers with our expanded mandate to include wastewater and stormwater operations.  In this situation, a reflection on Halifax Water's storied history is warranted.

In 1945, the Halifax Regional Water Commission was given a mandate to operate and maintain the water supply system in Halifax after it was ravaged by the demands of two World Wars and the neglect of the Great Depression.  Of particular note, the system had a serious wastage problem with 50% of the water never reaching customers (leaking pipes was the culprit).

In 1996, the Commission expanded its mandate through municipal amalgamation which saw the water utility assets of the City of Dartmouth and Halifax County Municipality transferred to the Halifax Regional Water Commission.  Through adoption of international best practices, the utility again tackled water wastage and are now recognized as world leaders in water loss control. As a result of this and other milestones, the water supply system has been transformed into a modern, efficient, and financially sound structure providing high quality water and service to the residents of Halifax municipality.

On August 1, 2007, Halifax Water expanded its mandate once again as Halifax municipality transferred its wastewater and stormwater assets with the approval of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. 

With wastewater and stormwater governance established under the purview of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, the focus of Halifax Water will be to renew aging infrastructure, meet new Federal regulatory requirements, and position the utility for service and growth.  The utility is in an excellent position to deliver water, wastewater and stormwater services in an integrated, cost effective, and environmentally sound manner. 

We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, and staff are up to the task.  There is a significant infrastructure deficit associated with the wastewater and stormwater systems, and new Federal standards will require upgrades for protection of the environment. Upgrades to the wastewater and stormwater systems are necessary to ensure long term sustainability such that your grandchildren will enjoy the benefits of a modern society.  Taking a long term view has always been a trademark of Halifax Water; and history has shown that this bodes well for the customers.  As stewards of these essential services, Halifax Water will continue the tradition of living up to customer expectations. We appreciate the goodwill of our customers through our changing mandates and look forward to continuing support as we strive to be a world class utility.

Please feel free to contact our office through this website or other media, and we will be sure to respond in a timely and professional manner.

Yours in service,

Carl D. Yates, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
General Manager


Halifax Water Board of Commissioners


The Board of Commissioners of Halifax Water includes the Mayor of Halifax municipality, three members of Halifax Regional Council appointed by Council, three residents of Halifax municipalty who are appointed by Council and the Chief Administrative Officer of Halifax municipality or a Halifax municipal employee appointed by the CAO.  The Board meets quarterly, usually the last Thursday of the month. 

Ray Ritcey, Halifax Water Board of Commissioners Chair

Ray Ritcey, BComm, MBA, CPA/CGA, Chair

Ray Ritcey was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on September 23, 2014.

For 10 years, Mr. Ritcey led the development and build-out of natural gas distribution in Nova Scotia and was the founding President of Heritage Gas Limited. He has held executive positions in both the natural gas and electric industries working with such entities as TransCanada Pipelines, Ontario Hydro, Enbridge and AltaGas. He is Co-Chair of QUEST NS, and is on the Advisory Boards of EastPoint Engineering and Royer Thompson. Mr. Ritcey has a BComm and MBA from Saint Mary's University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant.

Mr. Ritcey is one of three residents appointed to the Board by Regional Council.

Councillor Russell Walker, Vice Chair, Halifax Water Board of Commissioners

Russell Walker, Vice Chair

Russell Walker was appointed to the Halifax Water Board effective December 1, 2010, and elected Vice Chair on March 31, 2011.

Mr. Walker has been a resident of District 10 for 48 years. He was first elected to Halifax City Council in a by-election in January, 1994, and was subsequently elected to Halifax Regional Municipality Council in December, 1995. Mr. Walker was re-elected in October 2012 to represent District 10, Halifax - Bedford Basin West.

Richard Butts, Halifax Municipality CAO and Halifax Water Board Member

Jacques Dubé, Halifax Municipality CAO

Jacques Dubé became Halifax’s Chief Administrative Officer in September 2016. Jacques has more than 30 years of senior-level experience from all levels of government, most recently as city manager in Moncton where his strong background in customer service and economic development helped that city prosper. He has served as president of Service New Brunswick, as well as Deputy Minister responsible for economic development, trade policy and population growth. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister for Veterans Affairs and on numerous boards including the United Way, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and Atlantic Lottery Corporation.


Don Mason Halifax Water Board Member

Donald Mason

Don Mason was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on February 5, 2013.

Mr. Mason has a distinguished career as a consulting engineer, and is one of three residents of Halifax Municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council.  Mr. Mason previously served on the Halifax Water Board from 2004 to 2009.

Darlene Fenton Halifax Water Board Member

Darlene Fenton

Darlene Fenton was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on August 4, 2015, and is one of three residents of Halifax municipality appointed to the Board by Regional Council. 

Ms. Fenton has over 30 years experience in the environmental field, having held executive positions with the Compliance and Science Divisions of Nova Scotia Environment.

Councillor Lisa Blackburn Halifax Water Board Member

Councillor Lisa Blackburn

Lisa Blackburn was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on December 13, 2016.

Ms. Lisa Blackburn grew up in HRM, graduating from The University of King’s College in 1990. For the last 30 years she has been a journalist working in radio, television and print. She was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2016 to serve the district Upper Sackville-Middle Sackville-Beaver Bank and Lucasville.

Councillor Steve Streatch Halifax Water Board Memeber

Councillor Steve Streatch

Steve Streatch was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on December 13, 2016. Mr. Streatch currently represents District 1 – Waverley, Fall River and Musquodoboit Valley. He holds over thirteen years of experience in elected office. Mr. Streatch is a former member of the Halifax Police Commission and The Greater Halifax Partnership and has an extensive business background that extends throughout Atlantic Canada. In addition to his appointment to the Halifax Water Board, Mr. Streatch is a member of the following HRM boards and committees: Appeals Standing Committee, Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee and Grants Committee.

Halifax Water Board member Councillor Lorelei Nicoll
Councillor Lorelei Nicoll

Lorelei Nicoll was appointed to the Halifax Water Board on April 11, 2017. Ms. Nicoll was elected to Regional Council in 2008 and re-elected by acclamation in the 2016 election. In addition to her role as Commissioner on the Halifax Water Board, she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Audit and Finance Standing Committee, Vice-Chair of the Transportation Standing Committee and is a member of the Executive Standing Committee. She serves on the Board of the Halifax Partnership and is the HRM representative on the Canadian Urban Transportation Association. Ms. Nicoll is also a member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, Cole Harbour Harvest Festival Society, Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association, as well as serving on the Board of Directors at Cole Harbour Place.



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