Starting Tuesday, HRM is offering free water to residents with urgent dry well issues and District Two Councillor David Hendsbee says the program will be scaled up as needed.
Hendsbee tells News 95.7's The Todd Veinotte Show they will start offering water just one day a week for now.
In prior years, there have been other water issues, especially at Lake Major, but he says recent work to install a dam system there has expanded capacity, which means no water restrictions thus far this year.
"But that's okay for the urban areas where we have centralized water services, but it's still difficult for those in the rural areas that have on site wells, and depend on the groundwater supply," explains Hendsbee. "We need rain desperately, and we need a long, slow, steady rain because the ground is getting so dry, if we had a quick rain right now it'd probably just wash off, and erode the ground and not sink in."
Hendsbee says residents can get their water each Tuesday from three fire stations: station 56 in Black Point, station 24 in Musquodoboit Harbour, and station 48 in Beaver Bank. He says the timing and locations may be increased depending on demand, but says water service will continue until we get substantial rain to replensih wells.
"We'll do it Tuesday, and then we will see what the demand is out there, and we'll probably have to repeat it later on in the week, as we did in the past, but it's gonna be determined depending on the demand," says Hendsbee. "Tuesday night is the first opportunity, but it may become a weekly service until we get significant rain."
He says it's important people with dry wells call 311 so the municipality knows where the problems are, and where they need to expand the free water program. As of last week, HRM reported 27 calls to 311 since the start of August to report well issues.