On August 22, 2017 the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board released a decision approving a Halifax Water enhanced lead service line repair and replacement program. The decision is a significant step forward in Halifax Water’s on-going effort to replace lead service lines (the lateral/pipe from the water main in the street to a customer’s home).
This new program includes a funding component, as the financial aspect is often the biggest barrier to homeowners when they’re looking to replace their private lead service. This new program goes a long way in breaking that barrier as the funding component will give Halifax Water the ability to provide financial assistance for 25% of the cost, up to $2,500.00, to homeowners who replace the private portion of the lead service. Prior to this program Halifax Water could not offer any form of financial assistance.
This new program makes Halifax Water one of a handful of utilities in North America to institute such a program. The utility, in conjunction with Dalhousie University, is also internationally recognized for its research efforts regarding lead.
It is estimated there are 10,000-15,000 private lead service laterals and approximately 2,500 public (Halifax Water-owned) lead service laterals. These are found primarily in the Halifax peninsula and central Dartmouth in homes built up until mid-1950.