On August 22, 2017 the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board released a decision approving Halifax Water's 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 two funding components, as the financial aspect is often the biggest barrier to homeowners when they’re looking to replace their private lead service line.
1. Lead Line Rebate
Halifax Water now provides financial assistance for 25% of the cost, up to $2,500.00, to homeowners who replace the private portion of the lead service line.
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. Check to see if your home is in this area.
In order to be eligible for the rebate you must complete the following:
- Apply for your permit after August 22, 2017;
- Have a private lead service line renewed;
- Have an inspection of the new line completed by Halifax Water prior to infill;
- Provide an invoice attached from the contractor; and
- Provide a completed Rebate Application Form [PDF].
The rebate is calculated based on the homeowner's cost for renewal, including reinstatement back to previous state. Halifax Water does not pay for new driveways, landscaping, or decks, only to return them to the state they were prior to the renewal.
The homeowner is responsible for the payment of the bill owed to the contractor in full, unless conditional acceptance into The Lateral Loan program has been granted. The rebate will be given by check to the homeowner once we have received confirmation that the final inspection has been completed, the filled out Rebate Application Form [PDF], and invoice has been received and reviewed. If homeowner is in The Lateral Loan program, the rebate amount will be subtracted off of the total loan amount owing. If you are applying for The Lateral Loan, as per Step 7 of The Lateral Loan Process, the Lead Line Rebate application must be submitted to Halifax Water along with the final invoice for the private lateral replacement.
Anyone who has had their lead service line replaced, is encouraged to participate in a comprehensive sampling program coordinated between Halifax Water and Dalhousie University. This program monitors lead levels prior to and after a lead service line replacement. Samples are taken prior to renewal and following renewal at 72 hours and at 1, 3, and 6 months, as described below.
Please note: The Lead Line Rebate only applies to costs directly associated with the replacement of a lead service line. If a property owner decides to replace any other service laterals at the same time, those costs must be separate from the lead service line replacement on the contractor invoice. Please ensure that the contractor completing the lead service line replacement is aware of this, and separates the work on the invoice appropriately.
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